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Forse: MFA Thesis Exhibition by Cody Unkart

Monday, April 17, 2017 - 9:00am to Friday, April 21, 2017 - 4:30pm

Exhibition Dates: April 17, 2017 – April 21, 2017 Reception: Thursday April 20, 2017, 5 pm – 7 pm with an Artist Talk at 5:30pm


Forse, Italian for maybe or perhaps, is a series of paintings depicting intimate spaces that I visit daily: my home, studio building, riverwalk, and the paths that connect them. Through formal and intuitive use of composition, color, shape, and gesture, I have selected and emphasized the subtle nuances found within these settings. This body of work was inspired by my 9 week stay in Italy; where I fell in love with Monte Castello di Vibeo’s light, space, architecture, and landscape. With a population of 2,000 and area of 12 miles, the commune offered a quiet environment for hiking, contemplating, and sketching. From our terrace at the International Center For The Arts, I embarked on a 6 week-long landscape painting, where I returned every day to paint between breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The experience improved my ability to see and create a more active pictorial space; I began to recognize the interdependence between the color, light, and shape of each field, road, house. Since returning to Columbia I have continued painting outdoors, emphasizing the beauty and liveliness of ordinary surroundings. On birch panels, I reveal glimpses of fleeting light and shadows, rhythmic variations in architecture and nature, and quiet moments of contemplation and solitude.

Cody Unkart, MFA Student and Graduate Instructional Assistant at the University of South Carolina, paints people and places that he experiences on a daily basis. From these familiar subjects, he records the comings and goings of life. Upon receiving his BA from Coastal Carolina University, he was awarded Best in Show in the 2014 Art Studio: Portfolios (Senior Exhibition). His work was awarded Third Place at Black Creek Arts Council (BCAC) National Juried Exhibition, Honorable Mention in the 26th Annual Juried Competition Arts Council of York County, and was included in the 36th Annual Juried SC Artists Exhibition, Pickens County Museum. Most recently his painting, Nina, was accepted into the 2017 ArtFields Juried Exhibition.