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Wheel of Steel

© Robin Rhode

Wheel of Steel

Artist: Robin Rhode (South African, born 1976)
Culture: South African
Date: 2006
Medium: Digital pigment prints mounted on four-ply museum board
Dimensions:
Overall: 49.5 x 68 inches
Each print: 15 1/2 x 22 inches (39.4 x 55.9 cm)
State: 3
Edition: 5 + 2 AP
Classification: Photograph
Credit Line: Museum purchase
Label Text:In Wheel of Steel, Robin Rhode places a found record on what appears to be a record player that he has drawn in chalk on the sidewalk. The artist's physical engagement with his drawings transforms them into seemingly three-dimensional objects that evoke the physical process of playing a record: placing the disc on the turntable, swinging the arm over, and dropping the needle into a groove. As he puts the needle on the record and it begins to spin we can imagine the sound implied in the work. Through his do-it-yourself aesthetic, Rhode exhibits a unique ability to create narratives with the most basic and accessible materials. The title of the work, Wheel of Steel, is a slang term for a record player popularized in the early 1980s by hip-hop DJs like Grandmaster Flash.


Object number: 2007.3.1.I