April 23 - May 16, 2015
"Fathom" featuring works of art by artist Adrian Rhodes will open at City Art Gallery as part of the annual Artista Vista celebration. The public is invited to a reception for the artist to be held the first evening of Artisa Vista Thursday April 23 from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. The exhibit remains in the main gallery through May 16, 2015.
Rhodes comments about her work, “While exploring ideas of generational memory I am reflecting on a sense of nostalgia and yearning. Printmaking is the core of my process. Incorporating prints into my mixed media pieces leads to recurring imagery that becomes my personal iconography. Bees represent matrilineal ties, complexity and fragility- hexagons the underlying structure of the universe. Sky charts and navigational imagery reflect the attempt to quantify the unknowable, while moths are an acknowledgment of mortality. Strings literally tie up disparate parts while found objects reflect chance, and the gestural marks form an emotive counterpoint to the rational stability of the grid. Above all I try to create within the work a sense of searching and questioning, rooted in the belief that asking and exploring the questions of both life and the studio are more rewarding than finding clear cut answers or illustrating ideas.”
Adrian Rhodes grew up in Hartsville, South Carolina. She attended Winthrop University from 2001-2005, earning a BFA in General Studio with emphases in Drawing and Painting. While studying at Winthrop she participated in a semester exchange with the South Carelia Polytechnic in Imatra, Finland. While there she studied Painting, Printmaking, and Academic Figure Drawing. After several years as a practicing artist she returned to Winthrop, receiving her MFA in Painting with a minor in Printmaking in 2011. She currently teaches at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC.
Rhodes’s work utilizes printmaking as the core of a mixed media practice. Her work has shown throughout the Carolinas, with solo exhibitions and successes in both local and regional venues. Adrian lives Hartsville with her husband Michael and their three year old daughter Sophia. She has established her studio at the Black Creek Arts Center.