From October 21st till November 19th 2008, the Rüdiger Schöttle Gallery showed works by the Canadian artist Rodney Graham, who has been closely associated with the gallery since 1985.
In all of his works, which reflect his interest in psychic phenomena and in the exploration of different states of consciousness, nothing is as it appears at first sight. In Rodney Graham's world, which invariably moves in circles, or stands upside down, or gets stuck in endlessly repeated loops, reality and, consequently, our own sense of security are adventurously undermined. Our senses are sent on a voyage into the unknown and return with a multitude of inspiring impressions and questions. The Rüdiger Schöttle Gallery will be showing his new work, Mini Rotary Psycho-Opticon, which is a kind of readymade – a replica of a freestanding kinetic op-art sculpture used as a mechanized back-drop for an early 1970s Belgian television show on which the band Black Sabbath appeared performing their song "Paranoid". The work comprises a large spinning disc behind a wall with five holes cut in it. The disc contains five discs (each containing a black and white op-art pattern), which are visible through these holes while the disc spins, creating a crude "psychedelic" optical effect. The apparatus is designed to be pedal-powered by a bicyclist who is hidden from view behind the device. The work had been interactive in the exhibition, that is to say, visitors were able to operate the machine themselves. Rodney Graham also planned to use this device as a backdrop for a performance of his band in New York.