Hartnett Gallery presents: Jim Arendt: Seconds
February 7 – March 10, 2019
Artist Talk: February 7, 4pm, in the Stackle Room (Wilson Commons, River Campus, University of Rochester). An opening recepetion in the gallery will follow the artist talk.
“Seconds”, an exhibition of sculptural portraits by Jim Arendt asks viewers to contemplate the pitfalls of a culture born of a ‘boom or bust’ mentality. What type of burdens do we leave to our children? What bills have we left unpaid?
Our changing economy has left the people of Flint and other hard-hit communities to struggle through the toughest of times, making do through suffering and pain. Jim Arendt works in denim because it seems created to be abused, worn out, patched, stained, and burnt through. Its characteristics are mirrored in the people he chooses to render in denim portraits.
Jim Arendt is an artist whose work explores the shifting paradigms of labor and place through materials that resonate with work and the people engaged in it. Influenced by the radical reshaping of the rural and industrial landscapes in which he was raised, he investigates how individual lives are affected by transitions in economic structures. His work has been exhibited internationally in numerous group and solo shows. Recently, Arendt was short-listed for The 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art and received the South Carolina Arts Commission Visual Artist Fellowship. His work has been included in Fiberarts International 2013 & 2016 and the 2013 Museum Rijswijk Textile Biennial, Netherlands and include in the Arkansas Art Center’s permanent collection of contemporary craft.