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Kick off the summer by attending Oliver Art Center’s first solo exhibition in the newly completed building: Rufus Snoddy.
Rufus moved to Northern Michigan nearly twelve years ago from Los Angeles. His family moved from rural East Texas to L. A. in the late 1950’s when Rufus was an adolescent. Watching Los Angeles go from street cars and Hollywood bungalows to freeways and gated communities gave impetus to his sensitivity to change and perception of place. Growing up in the inner-city, where there was often over a hundred languages spoken in a given high school, lent sensitivity and his keen interest in texture. Snoddy’s work reflects a concert of approaches, materials and dichotomies, striving for seamless shifting from one to the other. “It is sculpture…it’s painting….it is both.” More accurately he calls his work Construction Paintings.
With a graduate degree in sculpture, Snoddy has spent many years pursuing the acts of collecting materials, and with construction and painting methods. “I have traveled and exhibited in various places in the world. I find that everywhere I go there is a common visual language, some more literate than others. Visual art continues to be a reflection of man, his activities and environment, much like the cave paintings of thousands of years ago. I see myself as just another messenger, hopefully, with an innovative perspective.”
Rufus resides and works in the Traverse City area and continues to exhibit throughout the United States and other countries.
May 30-July 12: Exhibition run
Friday, June 13: Opening reception
Friday, June 27: Snoddy returns to the Art Center for a special artist talk.
Gallery hours: Mon.-Thurs., 10am-4:30pm; Fri. 10am-8pm; Sat. 10am-4pm; Sun. noon-4pm.
Frankfort is about 50 minutes southwest of Traverse City, U.S.-31 to M-115 West.
Image [cropped]: “Wings of Icarus,” by Rufus Snoddy.