Jason Rhoades Various Original Drawings from Perfect World in Mephisto Box (2000)

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In Hamburg in 1999, Rhoades made a large installation, titled Perfect World, in which scaffolding supported a wooden platform punctured with large holes through which scattered material was visible below. Rhoades likened the platform to the Garden of Eden suspended precariously above Hell. These drawings are a diary of the installation and include diagrams, sketches, fantasies, and telephone numbers. The plexiglass frames are integral to the work, reflecting color onto the wall in a subtle reference to Minimalist artists Donald judd and Dan Flavin. The shoeboxes are storage devices, but they also refer to the relationship between Heaven and Hell presented in the installation: Mephisto is a brand of comfortable shoes and the name of a demonic literary character. According to Rhoades, this duality is further embodied by the idea that "if you throw things in paradise or in a perfect world away, it's creating evil."

Gallery label from Compass in Hand: Selections from The Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection, April 22, 2009–January 4, 2010.
Installation of two vinyl-covered wood boxes containing felt-tip pen on 117 pieces of paper in artist's frames
Each box: 17 3/4 x 46 3/4 x 26 3/8" (45.1 x 118.7 x 67 cm) Each drawing: 17 x 11 x 2" (43.2 x 27.9 x 5.1 cm)
The Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection Gift
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© 2024 Estate of Jason Rhoades, Hauser & Wirth, and David Zwirner, New York
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