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The Arts Club London presents two Spring exhibitions, Robin Rhode and Patricia Leite, curated by Amelie von Wedel and Pernilla Holmes of Wedel Art, presented across the Club’s Drawing Room and Ante-Room. Performance and visual artist Robin Rhode utilises whimsical imagery and playful narratives to counter darker influences from his early life in post-apartheid South Africa. Often staging performances in the streets of Johannesburg, Rhode creates sequential photographs or stop-motion works that display and explore the act of drawing. By creating performed narratives, like drawing a bike on a wall and mimicking riding it, Rhode borrows from the genres of cartoon, slapstick comedy and absurdism to engage with topics such as urban culture, socio-economic inequality and outgrowths of Postcolonialism. Robin Rhode came of age in newly post-apartheid South Africa, when youth culture was under the growing influence of hip-hop, film, and sports. These influences, alongside the community’s reliance on storytelling in the form of colourful murals and graffiti, encouraged the development of his hybrid street-based aesthetic. The Arts Club will exhibit two of Rhode’s sequential photographic works, Frustum (2017) and...

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