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    M>A>M are delighted to have Rodney Graham produce an edition for our 2013 bottling. Graham's practice is expansive, straddling painting, photography, installation, video, and music. Vancouver saw the birth of the photo-conceptual movement in the 1970's allowing photography to be ranked as a serious art-form, with the likes of more traditional practices such as painting and sculpture. Graham was at the forefront of this movement changing the way we look at photography forever.

    For M>A>M Rodney Graham has created 'Old Softy' a dual piece that incorporates a bottle of single malt whisky with a photographic self-portrait. Like Laure Prouvost who shares the whisky from the same barrel, Graham invents a fiction that draws upon elements of real life. Again an exceptional whisky is the backdrop where a new narrative begins to unravel, a bottle of whisky, an invitation, a moment for contemplation. 'Old Softy' relates to the character on the label who's crumpled face sheds a single tear, this character additionally exemplifies the liquid contained within the bottle. As Auchentoshan, a lowland whisky typifies the region, known to be softer in character, with more floral notes. Auchentoshan is also the only whisky in Scotland that continues the practice of triple distillation, this produces a softer less harsh whisky as the name suggests. The character on the bottle is the artist himself shedding a single tear, perhaps poking fun at the idea of a man's drink, the anxieties of aging or passing ones prime. Many scenarios could be adopted here, but with the picture hanging within reach of the bottle we are almost invited to sit and drink with the artist. The slightly larger than life portrait that accompanies the drink is hyper real, the mellow lighting accentuating every crease in the skin gives it the quality of a Rembrandt, the figure leans forward almost popping out from the frame, the single tear is embossed and shimmers. From the printing process through to the whisky itself, quality is paramount. Rodney Graham's 'Old Softy' isn't simply a whisky neither just a print, this piece welcomes interaction, upon opening the bottle, sound, touch, smell and taste come into play.

    Rodney Graham was born in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada in 1949. He graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1971 and lives and works in Vancouver. Solo exhibitions include Rennie Collection, Vancouver Museu D'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (2010), Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles (2004), Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (2002), Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2001) and Kunsthalle Wien (1999). He has participated in group exhibitions such as the 13th, 14th and 17th Sydney Biennales (2002, 2006, 2010), the Whitney Biennial, New York (2006) and the Biennale d'Art contemporain de Lyon, France (2003). He represented Canada at the 47th Venice Biennale (1997) and among awards he has received the Gershon Iskowitz Prize, Toronto (2004), the Kurt Schwitters-Preis, Niedersächsiche Sparkassenstiftung, Germany (2006) and the Audain Prize for lifetime achievement in visual arts, British Columbia (2011).

    Artist: Rodney Graham
    Title: Old Softy
    Date: 2013
    Whisky: Auchentoshan 1992, second maturation in a sherry infused octave and bottled aged 21 years at 45.8% exclusively for the artists
    Art: digital photographic print on Hahnemuehle 290 gsm, 90% bamboo 10% cotton paper with embossed and varnished tear. (Produced by Poligrafa of Barcelona)
    Size: 76.6cm x 57cm
    Edition: 35
    Price: contact us for information

    All bottles and prints are signed and numbered by the artist and exclusive to M>A>M

    Contact: mcleansartistmalts@gmail.com
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