Larissa Goldston Gallery is pleased to present Not That Kind of Crazy, the gallery’s third solo exhibition of paintings by G. Bradley Rhodes. The exhibition will be on view from Thursday, September 8 through Saturday, October 15, 2011. There will be an opening reception for the artist on September 8 from 6 to 8 pm.
The six paintings included in the exhibition are dense psychological spaces--manifestations of Rhodes’ highly personal anecdotes and experiences. The diverse visual lexicon conflates imagery from the artist’s rural upbringing, present urban environment as well as a recent Italian sojourn.
At once troubling and humorous, these works address social and political inequities. Lost Alphabet, depicts Rhodes’ cast of characters, replete with drugs and explosives superimposed on an enlarged fingerprint card used when processing prisoners. Secondary Market, however, is a more overtly amusing work, using an enlarged cover of the French humor magazine Le Rire as a background for firecrackers, snakes and puppets.
Executed on richly painted backgrounds, Rhodes constructs these elaborate tableaux from individual, cut-out painted and drawn images. 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.