Jason Rhoades: Meccatuna
MECCATUNA: The act of taking a live bluefin tuna on a pilgrimage to the Holy City of Mecca to circumnavigate the Kabba, or
MECCATUNA: As in “the whole meccatuna,” an idiom for the entire universe and everything in it, similar to “the whole shebang,” or
MECCATUNA: Upon realizing that the word meccatuna did not exist, and that moving a live tuna would be met with great difficulty, the artist, through various contacts, located a man in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, that would drive to Mecca, buy a case of canned tuna, document its presence, and send this to the gallery in New York, via DHL.
Rhoades introduced PeaRoeFoam into his work in his fourth solo exhibition at the gallery, titled PeaRoeFoam. The Impetuous Process & from the Costner Complex, in 2002. This material, which the artist created from whole green peas, fish-bait style salmon eggs, and white virgin-beaded foam combined with non-toxic glue, was used extensively for subsequent works including a number of those featured in Meccatuna. This publication is the first to properly examine and situate PeaRoeFoam within Rhoades’s career and to acknowledge its importance for his practice as a whole. The book features an essay by David Zwirner, a text by Julien Bismuth, and selected interviews from the Jason Rhoades Oral History project conceived by Dylan Kenny and Lucas Zwirner. Published by David Zwirner Books.