“While debating demanding topics such as race, religion, or war, it is simple enough to become polarized, and see situations in either black or white, right or wrong. These tactics may satisfy individuals whose position depends on employing policies or implementing strategies that promote specific agendas for a specific constituency. But as an artist, it is more important to create a platform that moves us past alliances, and begins a dialogue that informs, questions, and in some cases even satires our divisive issues. Without this type of introspection, we are in danger of having apathy rule our senses. We can easily succumb to a national mob mentality, and ignore individual accounts and memories. With my work I am creating an intersection where body and place, memory and fact are merged to re-examine human interactions and cultural conditions to create a narrative that requires us to be present and profound.”
Rodney Ewing is a San Francisco based artist who received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Louisiana State University and his Master of Fine Arts from West Virginia University. Ewing’s drawings, installations, and mixed media works focus on his need to intersect body and place, memory and fact to re-examine human histories, cultural conditions, and events. His work has been in numerous group and solo exhibitions at, among others, Jack Fischer Gallery in San Francisco, the Berkeley Art Center, and the Drawing Center in New York City. In 2015 he was Artist-in-Residence at the de Young Museum.