south african artist robin rhode reflects on his own childhood as a school student in johannesburg during the twilight of apartheid by turning the chrystie street branch of the lehmann maupin gallery in new york into a makeshift coloring book. the body of work ‘paries pictus’, running till the 16th of march, 2013, is the result of a collaboration with students participating in a non profit program called ‘time in’, which connects children in the city to its cultural network of galleries, operas, and museums.

robin rhode turns lehmann maupin gallery into a giant coloring book
‘paries pictus’ installation view 

 

 

rhode has spattered the gallery walls with various stencils and illustrations and invited 37 first-graders from the south bronx to fill in the blanks with a selection of giant crayons. children paired off to tackle rhode’s oversized coloring , where one supports the top-heaviness of the rear and the other in charge of controlling the tip for drawing. rhode offers a unique avenue for nurturing cultural exploration through the tools of a vibrant and artistic metropolis that is new york. 

robin rhode turns lehmann maupin gallery into a giant coloring book
the artist reflects on his own childhood as a school student in johannesburg during the twilight of apartheid 

robin rhode turns lehmann maupin gallery into a giant coloring book
rhode created giant crayons and charcoal for children to fill in the blanks of his stencils

robin rhode turns lehmann maupin gallery into a giant coloring book
‘connect the dots’: car’, 2013
vinyl and charcoal in custom box stencil
50.75 x 176.25 inches, 128.9 x 447.7 cm

 

 

robin rhode: paries pictus
lehmann maupin gallery, new york
on now through to the 16th of march, 2013