July 17, 2010 § Leave a comment
the artist and Lisson Gallery. Photograph: Ken Adlard
You may remember my comments on the Rodney Graham band at the Candahar during the Olympics.
From The Guardian:
Why we like him: For his film The Phonokinetoscope from 2001, Graham took acid and rode a bicycle backwards. While the soundtrack that accompanies this feat suggests 1970s-style delirium, the everyday footage suggests a chasm between inner states and outer reality.
Art rock: Graham formed new-wave band called UJ3RK5 (“you jerk” – the five is not pronounced) in his twenties with Jeff Wall, while his current ensemble, the Rodney Graham Band, morph between country rock, folk and psychedelia.
February 27, 2010 § 4 Comments
The Rodney Graham Band at Candahar, Vancouver – photo by Ken Eisner
I finally made it to Candahar, the bar/artwork at Granville Island last night just in time to watch Rodney Graham doing his sound check for a performance that would start a couple of hours later.
Named after a Belfast street, The Candahar is Theo Sims’s vision of an Irish bar. A sculptural installation with real beer on tap.
Rodney Graham is a legend of Vancouver’s photoconceptualism and I was surprised to find out about his musical skills. He sounds a lot like Lou Reed.