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BALTIC host the first major UK exhibition of Jason Rhoades this month. A prolific instillation artist, he created the world’s largest sculpture in Hamburg in 1999, and has exhibited in many of the world’s most prestigious galleries including the Tate, the Guggenheim and Museum fürGegenwart. With Paul McCarthy as his mentor, Rhoades was a native of Los Angeles until his untimely death in 2006 at the age of 41.

Using found objects, Rhoades’ installations are bold, colourful and enthralling. Easily accessible, his works include anything from Lego to power tools and create a seemingly chaotic construction, but ultimately with meaning; these metaphorical and functional systems can be enjoyed by all generations of the family. For example, Creation Myth, comprising hundreds of objects – folding banquet tables, buckets, shredded paper, wooden logs, office equipment and furniture, video monitors, a smoke machine – turns out to be a highly constructed model of the artist’s brain at work, with sections for the accumulation of knowledge, memory processing and the subconscious. The BALTIC exhibition will encapsulate his four personas: artist, mason, systems (language, scale, indexing, economies) and taboo.

Jason Rhoades’ Four Roads is at BALTIC, Gateshead from Friday 20th February until Sunday 31st May.

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