11 September - 10 October 2009
Thursday 10 September, 6pm - 8pm
Mummery + Schnelle is pleased to announce an exhibition of paintings
and drawings by Carol Rhodes.
This is Rhodes’ first solo show since her major museum
survey at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh
Her new works continue to depict a semi industrial topography
of buildings, roads and canals – ‘edgelands’
of human enterprise mixing with nature. At first sight softer
and more harmonious than some of her past paintings, the recent
pictures nevertheless carry Rhodes’ distinctive inventiveness,
ambiguity and metaphoric charge. Reflecting yet transforming
our contemporary, technologised view of the world, Rhodes’
work exploits painting’s unique amalgam of depiction and
physical ‘objectness’ to suggest new realities.
More than ever she achieves variety within the format of the
aerial view, and discovers surprising new fields of exploration
and expression. In a current interview in Art World magazine,
she comments that painting, ‘whatever else it is (and
it has to be other things too), is always a sort of manifesto
about what art is now, and what it might become… imposing
intention and function onto the substance of paint is essential.
It allows me into the real meaning of the painting, whatever
that may be’.
This exhibition will also include a small number of the artist’s
rarely shown drawings – the working ‘cartoons’
for her compositions.
Carol Rhodes was born in Edinburgh in 1959 and spent most of
her childhood in Bengal, India. She studied at Glasgow School
of Art between 1977 and 1982. She lives and works in Glasgow.
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