Rankin Gallery Opens Semester With Rufus Snoddy Exhibit

pictureBIG RAPIDS – The art of Rufus Snoddy, an artist influenced by self-exploration and history, is on display at the Ferris State University Rankin Art Gallery through Sept. 30.

Snoddy’s exhibit, “The Critical Eye,” will feature paintings and sculptures that are purposely created to represent “shield” shapes. The paintings and sculptures can easily be interchangeable because Snoddy utilizes the necessary elements that are required to create a stunning piece of art, gallery Director Carrie Weis said.

“I believe this to be one of the most dynamic exhibits we’ve hosted,” she added. “Not only are the pieces beautiful to look at, but they are impeccably crafted; they are unified as a body of work through a strong central theme, and they are texturally and visually complex.”

Originally from California, Snoddy has recently moved to the Traverse City region. He grew up in East Texas during what he labels a time of the “separate but equal” world of the 1950’s. His family was forced to move from Texas by his father’s politically powerful white employer who falsely accused him of working for the NAACP. They ended up in Los Angeles, where the congested streets were a strong juxtaposition to the wide open fields of Texas. This influence created a strong appreciation for dichotomy, which remains a powerful element in his work.

Snoddy will speak about his work, inspirations, processes and life at 11 a.m. Sept. 18. His speech, as well as the exhibit, are free and open to the public. The Rankin Art Gallery is open Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

To view his work or to learn more about Snoddy, visit www.snoddyart.com.

04 September, 2008