Selected works by Halsey Rodman

Halsey Rodman
I Am Turning Into Mist


Wood, paint and light

66 x 76.2 x 107 cm

Halsey Rodman’s sculptures and drawings engage with the mythology of the artist. Through his use of eclectic materials, text, and abstraction, Rodman’s works describe the creative process, illustrating asomatous thought as physical form. Converging the austere aesthetics of formalism with a playful theatricality, Rodman’s I Am Turning Into Mist is composed of a light bulb placed atop a hexagonal ‘plinth’. Evolving a witty and complex narrative, the base is suggestive of minimalist sculpture, a lighthouse, or a circus stage: positing art as spectacle, the artist as ‘navagator’, and framing the cartoon emblem of ‘bright idea’ as an elevated object within itself. Standing barely 1 meter high, and adorned with the title text, the piece conjurers a sense of magic, hopefulness, and fallibility.

Halsey Rodman
Navigator Two


Self-hardening clay, epoxy putty, hexagonal aluminum bar, paint

38 x 91.4 x 201 cm

Navigator Two is a piece that was specially commissioned by the Saatchi Gallery. The coincidental timing of this commission played an integral part of the sculpture’s concept, allowing Rodman to recreate a 2006 event and sculpture titled Navigator, where in creating a self-portrait he employed 12 people to act as ‘multipliers’, each making 2 body parts that were later used to construct 2 figures. The body of Navigator was assembled on 2 separate tiers, physically creating a mirrored image. Using this idea of doubling, Rodman staged the making of Navigator Two exactly one year to the date of the first event, using the same people in the same clothes. The resulting sculpture is not an exact duplicate; its subtle differences record a repeated visual form and the action of its construction. Through collaboration Rodman engages with the concept of self-portrait (or experience of self) as a fabrication of external perception. As Rodman explains:"The fragmented vision of the multipliers mirrors our own experience of our body. Though we can apprehend our body in reflection, the direct experience of our body feels completely different. It is fragmentary, somewhat awkward and definitely at odds with the way we perceive others to perceive us as a unified form."

Halsey Rodman
The Navigators' Vision


Aluminum foil, aluminum tubing, paint, wood

122 x 89 x 112 cm (the cloud) 46 x 46 x 104 cm (its pedestal)
Halsey Rodman
No True Self


Self-hardening clay, epoxy putty, hexagonal aluminium bar and paint

Overall dimensions: 200.7 x 91.4 x 38.1 cm
Halsey Rodman
K Is Multiplied


Plaster, aluminium tube, wood, acrylic paint

Dimensions variable
Halsey Rodman
The Birds


MDF, acrylic paint, digital clocks, various glass bottles

157.5 x 45.7 x 45.7 cm



For his second solo exhibition at Guild and Greyshkul, The Navigator's Quarters Must Not be Disturbed, Halsey Rodman proposes the conceit of an absent doppelganger the Navigator in order to explore the very nature of the creative process, space, time and the metaphysics of existence.

In the central portion of the gallery, the artist constructs a dwelling for this mythical character, with all the stuff that dreams are made of, which is to satisfy an explorer with philosophical predilections. Heady stuff.
A seven-foot silver wall divides the gallery into three spaces, conceptually based on a third of a hexagon. This proves to be a successful formal strategy as the viewer must confront separate parts of this intriguing conundrum, in real-time walking, as if in a living environment or architecture; as an installation of painting and sculpture.

The artist is involved with the process of transformation of the immaterial as in vapor and smoke into concrete lyrical objects made from a variety of materials such as painted aluminum foil and dry clay. These works are particularly compelling as hybrid forms, which fuse the disparate acts of painting, sculpture and drawing in space. The three drawings, I Am Turning into Mist, play with state-change in a poetic use of language and colored brush strokes.
From another perspective, Rodman delves into phenomenology by inviting a group of 12 people to sculpt him from observation.

Each person was asked to produce two parts. In the artist's words: The fragmented vision of the multipliers mirrors our experience of our body. The Navigator sculpture embodies this fragmented experience. Two figures hover above each other with the disparate parts attached with aluminum rods, painted black an intriguing work reminiscent of Bruce Naumans similar explorations.