He Got Game, 2004

by

Robin Rhode

Robin Rhode. He Got Game. 2000-2004

Digital animation, sound. 1 min. 2 sec.

Fondation Louis Vuitton Collection, Paris

© Robin Rhode © Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage

Robin Rhode. He Got Game. 2000-2004

Digital animation, sound. 1 min. 2 sec.

Fondation Louis Vuitton Collection, Paris

© Robin Rhode © Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage

Robin Rhode. He Got Game. 2000-2004

Digital animation, sound. 1 min. 2 sec.

Fondation Louis Vuitton Collection, Paris

© Robin Rhode © Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage

Robin Rhode. He Got Game. 2000-2004

Digital animation, sound. 1 min. 2 sec.

Fondation Louis Vuitton Collection, Paris

© Robin Rhode © Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage

Using limited means that call to mind graffiti art, Robin Rhode draws settings and objects in charcoal or chalk with which figures (often himself) interact in short films.

Little more than several lines on a wall or the ground, the settings that frame his sketches come to life using a simple principle: he creates his animations using a series of fixed images that appear one after another in cross-fade; bodies move and seem to enter the drawing as it evolves. In He got game (2004), whose title is an homage to the film by Spike Lee, Rhode performs a somersault before making a basket. Using a technique employed by Meliès in the early days of cinema – presenting vertically an image filmed horizontally – he frees himself from gravity’s pull.

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