Swarm Works by Adrian Rhodes are Buzzing into Rock Hill’s Center for the Arts

ROCK HILL, SC – Swarm, works by Adrian Rhodes opens at the Center for the Arts, 121 East Main Street, Rock Hill, SC on Friday, March 24, 2017. This show runs through April 30, 2017, with a free, public reception on Thursday, April 27, 2017 from 5:30 – 7:30 PM.

In her work, Adrian Rhodes reflects on the collective sense of nostalgia and the yearning associated with generational memory. Printmaking is at the core of her process, allowing for the swift installation of recurring imagery and personal iconography into the work. Sky maps of constellations, navigational charts and the matriarchal structure of bee colonies reference connections between mothers and daughters. DNA structures and printmaking processes examine issues of inheritance. Sky charts represent a primal force- the vastness of the universe - paired with the complexity of bee society to comment on the way maternal bonds can be both fierce and fraught, a complex connection that pulls against chaotic forces in an attempt to align itself in an organic balance.

It is important to Rhodes that connections are made between the structures involved in charting, navigation, DNA and hive mentality as seen in relation to our generational memory. Her work comes directly from the experience of losing her mother and how that loss influences her experience as the mother of daughters, leading her to consider the way generations of matrilineal relations who have never met still influence each other. Our history, mapped behind us and laid out ahead of us, is fragile, chaotic and layered.

Adrian grew up in Hartsville, South Carolina. She attended Winthrop University from 2001 - 2005, earning a BFA in General Studio Art with emphases in Drawing and Painting, and an MFA in Painting and Printmaking. Rhodes’ work has shown throughout the Carolinas in solo exhibitions, including shows at the University of North Carolina Charlotte, the Sumter County Gallery of Art, and City Art Gallery in Columbia, SC. She has received awards in many regional juried competitions, including Best of Show at the Arts Council of York County’s Juried Exhibition in 2013.

Workshops Work! featuring works by students who have participated in classes offered by the Fort Mill Art Guild at the Center for the Arts quarterly, are on display in the Perimeter Gallery throughout the duration of the Swarm.

The Center for the Arts is located at 121 East Main Street, in the heart of Old Town Rock Hill. All three galleries at the Center for the Arts are open Monday through Thursday from 9 AM to 6 PM, Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM, every second and fourth Saturday from 10 AM to 2 PM, and every second and fourth Sunday from 2 to 4 PM.

Exhibits at the Center for the Arts are sponsored by O’Darby’s - a Retailer of Fine Wines, Craft Beers, and Spirits.

The Arts Council is headquartered in downtown Rock Hill, a state-recognized cultural district. For more information on Arts Council events, contact the Arts Council of York County at 803-328-2787, by email at arts@yorkcountyarts.org, or visit our webpage at http://www.yorkcountyarts.org.

Image: Assembled bees, detail by Adrian Rhodes