Sunday Sun, 1937
Sunday Sun, 1937 (2012) depicts a figure sitting up in bed, obscured by an open newspaper. Looking closely, we notice that the two hands are in fact not a pair, but belong to two different people. The work references a series of scenes from Alfred’s Hitchcock’s The Lady Vanishes (1938) via a single, uncanny image.
Conceptual artist Rodney Graham’s oeuvre is highly versatile and intellectual. By incorporating fictional narratives and alternative interpretations into an existing context, Graham creates visual puns that layer historical reference to examine social and philosophical systems. Not only is Graham the behind-the-scenes sculptor, photographer, filmmaker, inventor, scholar, writer and singer in his projects, he also literally appears in the finished works, impersonating various fictional characters.