Painter and Mount Holyoke College faculty member Jacob Rhoads will be exhibiting a new body of paintings this month at Office 116A in the Fred Lazarus IV Center. The opening reception for the show, titled Negotiations and Love Songs, will be this Friday, November 16 from 6:00PM to 8:00PM.
Rhoads builds his work through the layering of patterns. This layering produces interactions--of alignment, interference, and reflection--that exceed the properties and potential of individual patterns by themselves. While the initial patterns are themselves regular, their interactions produce unpredictable outgrowths, which Rhoads cultivates into new forms that proliferate throughout the painting. The initial patterns, by themselves, do not anticipate the forms that emerge from their interaction. In this way, the paintings evoke instances in which different logics meet and produce new configurations—such as religious syncretism or negotiations within personal relationships.