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Carol Rhodes

In her work, Carol Rhodes has devoted herself primarily to landscapes that generally receive little attention: post-industrial areas criss-crossed by industrial plants, airports, motorways or reservoirs.

Carol Rhodes, Pond Area, 2008-09

– Carol Rhodes, Pond Area, 2008-09

Human activity is omnipresent in her pictures, but people themselves are nowhere to be found. This oscillation between a diffuse presence and absence, between the supposedly recognisable and the abstract, is characteristic of the artist's painting. Her paintings are based on experiences and impressions in the real world, but are fictitious syntheses composed of different sources. In addition to maps, environmental studies or photographs that she found in books on urban planning, geography or geology, she also included her own images, which she sometimes took herself with her camera from helicopters or aeroplanes. Rhodes transcended all these different sources in the course of a complex painting process that involved numerous sketches, drawings and revisions. Her scenes appear familiar and at the same time strange, everyday and yet mysterious.

The exhibition at Haus am Waldsee brings together a selection of works from the years 1993-2015 and presents paintings as well as some of the artist's drawings that were rarely exhibited during her lifetime.

About Carol Rhodes

Carol Rhodes (*1959 Edinburgh; † 2018 Glasgow) was a Scottish painter who most recently lived and worked in Glasgow. Her recent solo exhibitions include A Room of One's Own, Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht (2023); See The World, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow (2021) and Carol Rhodes: Paintings, Kettle's Yard, Cambridge (2019); recent group exhibitions include Shifting Vistas: 250 years of Scottish Landscape, City Art Centre, Edinburgh (2023); Radical Landscapes, Tate Liverpool (2022) and Slow Painting, Hayward touring exhibition, Inverness/ Bath/ Plymouth/ Leeds (2019-20). From 2012 she ran the exhibition space 42 Carlton Place, Glasgow, together with the painter Merlin James.

Runtime: Fri, 02/02/2024 to Sun, 05/05/2024

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