Larissa Goldston Gallery is pleased to present drawing on the kitchen table, the gallery’s second solo exhibition of paintings by G. Bradley Rhodes. The exhibition will be on view from Thursday, November 13 through Saturday, December 20, 2008. There will be an opening reception for the artist on November 13 from 6 to 8 pm.
The six paintings and six drawings included in this exhibition continue Rhodes’ investigation of human relationships, social structures, political themes, religious uncertainty, and the psychological drama of everyday life. The works evoke the tradition of storytelling but are not meant to be read as literal translations. Rather, Rhodes has developed his own personal symbolism and his fantasies have come to life on the canvases with an inscrutable recklessness.
The images, rooted in rural America, conjure a surreal world densely populated with wooden houses, coal mines, strange birds, fruits, vegetable gardens, garbage, dismembered creatures, and a host of other characters. The cartoon-like figures help illustrate a series of open-ended narratives that are equally open to a range of interpretations as they are peculiar.
Executed on richly painted backgrounds, Rhodes constructs these elaborate tableaux from individual, cut-out painted and drawn images that stylistically recall animation and outsider art aesthetics. The unusual picture surfaces that result from the numerous collaged elements both distract the viewer from the unnerving and explicit imagery within, and serve as an entry-point to the complex scenes.
G. Bradley Rhodes was born in Waynesboro, Virginia. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn. He received his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Painting in 2006, and his BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Larissa Goldston Gallery is located at 530 W 25th Street, 3rd floor. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11am – 6pm. For more information, please contact the gallery at 212-206-7887 or visit www.larissagoldston.com.