I won’t pretend to be an expert on Rodney Graham (certainly the shows he is getting will garner more people who really love him!), but I have seen his work at the YUAG and in books/online.
Every time I see one of his pieces I end up spending more time with them than any other work around. I enjoy complete his scenes are, how he creates indeterminable time/spaces that keep me out of them, in the present. Each piece is its own system, and I really like that. And they’re really beautiful things, anything he makes is pretty remarkable to me. A Reading Machine for Lenz is really charming and odd just as an object.
Yet I can’t help but be a little put off by his narcissism, (I can easily imagine that he is a gruff “maker” artist) and I regret that I feel that he pieces up his photographs in order to make more money off of them. Despite these reservations, I can’t but want to be the female Rodney Graham in some way–His work does just what I wish my work would: keep you in/remind you you’re outside of it, give you things to think about, exist within an intellectual history, and just be nice things too. (I would like my work to be a bit nastier looking though–when has Rodney Graham ever made anything that looked nasty?)