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School of Visual Art and Design


Soil an exhibition by Jarod Charzewski

Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 9:00am to Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 4:30pm

Please join us for the Opening Reception, Thursday October 27th form 5-7pm with a gallery talk by Jarod Charzewski at 5:30pm.

The exhibition will include a site-specific piece that will reference western civilizations consumer culture. It will include select materials that are most abundant in the region of Columbia, SC. By using the forgotten yet usable items and materials as the medium, the objective will be to create an immersive landscape for gallery viewers to experience. 

"The speed at which we mass-produce, consume and reproduce goods and materials is questionable to the survival of our species. The abundance of unsold garments used in my work is a minuscule portion of the tons of goods destine for landfill sites on a daily basis. This work of art involves consumerism but ecology, anthropology and geology, which is why the project will appeal to so many factions of SVAD and The University Of South Carolina. In past works the materials chosen are relatable to anyone and the quantity and handling are what help make the piece motivating to so many. The materials will be organized and positioned neatly in the gallery to create the appearance of sedimentary layers of earth. This esthetic will reference the transitional Columbia South Carolina landscape, as it is located on the cusp of the Lowcountry and the Appalachian Mountains. All materials will be recycled after the exhibition closes." -Jarod Charzewski

Jarod Charzewski grew up in the inner city of Winnipeg where the attitudes and esthetics of an urban setting took hold. He also spent time on a family farm in rural Manitoba. This combination of surroundings is where he gained appreciation for natural and manufactured landscapes. He fuels his art with visuals of seasons; Prairie landscapes and recreates aesthetics that investigate mankind’s evolving influence. Artistically he uses these sensations to release ethereality in site-specific experiences.He holds a BFA from the University of Manitoba (1996) and an MFA from the University of Minnesota (2005). He has received artist grants from several US and Canadian arts organizations including the Manitoba Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts and a Puffin Award for the environmental content of his work. He has exhibited his work internationally at such organizations as The New Gallery In Calgary Alberta, Pari Nadimi Gallery In Toronto Ontario, the Gallery of Contemporary Art in Colorado Springs and the duPont Gallery at The University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg Virginia. He is currently the South Carolina Artist Fellow of 2015-16. He also holds the position of Associate Professor at the College of Charleston in Charleston South Carolina.