McColl Center will be closed for a private event on Saturday March 2, 2024 at 4:30pm. We hope to see you next week for one of our many events.

MATERIAL HISTORIES

Date: Thursday, January 25 —Sunday, April 14, 2024
Time:
Location: McColl Center
Cost: Complimentary | $10 Suggested Donation

MATERIAL HISTORIES

The past and present coexist within an intricate tapestry of history, family, traumas, and imagined futures. They are accessible through the physical structures that bind us to both aspirations and memory. Material Histories showcases the work of 2024 Winter/Spring Artists-In-Residence, Johnny Floyd, Asa Jackson, Adrian Rhodes, and Carlie Trosclair, whose practices investigate these echoes of our collective pasts, speaking through the materiality of our cultural landscapes and architectures.

Painter Johnny Floyd examines the Black experience in America through vibrant color. In his figurative paintings, the Black Body is both disconnecting from a historically oppressive gaze and gazing forward into a future in which Blackness is a sustainable condition in the United States. His practice is a process-driven rumination on the intersection of classical mythologies, ancestral connection, modern Black cultural artifacts, and historical records.

Asa Jackson works as a multidisciplinary artist exploring the cross section of textiles
from various countries, peoples, time periods, and personal histories. His artworks weave together the lives of myriad people reflecting their collective and individual stories. Past and present co-exist in the cut and sewn fabrics of Jackson’s visualized biographies.

Adrian Rhodes utilizes printmaking to explore the desire to separate from your past and return to it in the same breath. She creates a framework through repetition in which to sit with the heavy thoughts of grief, the passage of time, the fleeting nature of joy, and the struggle to hold contradictory feelings simultaneously. This iconography-in-ink is about the people who should be in the room and are not there - the presence of absence.

Architecturally influenced multimedia artist Carlie Trosclair transports entire genealogies into the physical realm using latex as an architectural skin. Paper-thin casts reshape the narrative of home as a sturdy, secure space into one that is vulnerable and ephemeral. These ghostlike imprints create a space that is transient and ever changing: both structurally and in our memory. These become the shells we leave behind; Relics of habitation and homemaking.

Related Artists

Adrian Rhodes

Adrian’s work is about relationships, and the complexity of closeness- the desire to separate from your past and return to it in the same breath. Across a wide ranging multidisciplinary practice, she explores how the repetition of deeply iconographic imagery and motifs reflect recurring, intrusive thought patterns and an inability to move past emotional trauma.

Johnny Floyd

Johnny Floyd is a self-taught artist working in Detroit, MI and Atlanta, GA. Floyd’s work examines the Black experience through an interrogation of both historical and current cultural phenomena while simultaneously imagining a future in which Blackness in The United States of America is a sustainable condition.

Carlie Trosclair

Approached through a lens of reordering and discovery, Trosclair’s work explores the liminal space between development and deconstruction; contemplating the living and transitional components of home.

Asa Jackson

American multidisciplinary artist, curator, and director Asa Jackson explores the intersection of textiles from a variety of ethnic groups, historical eras, and personal histories. By cutting and sewing textiles together, he is able to symbolically combine many cultures, eras, people, and locations into cohesive pieces of art that depict the lives of the Myria people and their shared history.