Jason Rhoades, Four Roads in the New York Times, Art in America, and More

07 Oct 2013


Jason Rhoades, UNTITLED (FROM MY MEDINAH: IN PURSUIT OF MY ERMITAGE…), 2004, installation view, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania. Photo: Aaron Igler/Greenhouse Media.

Jason Rhoades, Four Roads, now on view at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), has received recent media attention in the New York Times, Art in America, W Magazine, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and Gallerist.

Randy Kennedy points to the intricacies of Rhoades' sprawling works in the Times, and the level of detail and attention that must be paid when reconstructing his installations. "On a merely logistical level, showing Rhoades pieces without his guidance is a thankless task," Kennedy writes. "Unpacking an element for one of the show's four large sculptures recently, a registrar working on the exhibition had what she called 'a momentary existential crisis' after removing protective Bubble Wrap and seeing that what it was protecting was a ball of Bubble Wrap marked 'Art. Do Not Throw Away!'" Read more >

In Art in America, Jessica Dawson writes that Rhoades' room-sized installations are "a seemingly random arrangements of found objects, neons, Lego blocks, power tools, macramé and extension cords [...] assembled with compulsive exactitude." Ingrid Schaffner, the ICA's chief curator, describes the work as "overwhelming," but says "that's a singular power that this work has—the physicality." Read more >

In W Magazine, Michael Slenske quotes Schaffner on the vision of the exhibition's four linked works, in regards to Rhoades' overall body of work: "This idea that Jason had of all the work being one work is really being put into motion here. You've got all this stunning, colorful neon being reflected from the metal poles and when you're downstairs in Creation Myth you look up and see the glow of My Madinah pouring over the balcony...one thing is leading to the next, and the work is very alive." Read more >

Edward Sozanski of the Philadelphia Inquirer examines the collective impact of the exhibition's four large-scale installations, which, when "combined [...] express an astonishing ambition to project the history of human development through the artist's own experience, impulses, and obsessions." Read more >

"'At one point in your life, you should just go to see one work of art, but don't try and turn it into a tourism of ancient sites. That is not what it is,'" Rhoades said in an interview a year before his death. His own exhibition provides a great occasion to make such a pilgrimage" writes Maika Pollack for Gallerist. Read more >

"Each installation is simultaneously a studio and a satellite brain: a repository for the messy assemblages known as 'scatter art' and for networks of information that evoke the Internet" writes Karen Rosenberg for the New York Times​. Read more >

Jason Rhoades, Four Roads is funded by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage and is on view through December 29, 2013.