Opening Reception: Friday, June 10 from 7pm to 9pm
View Rohde’s installation in VisArts’ 355 POD Space Gallery
VisArts, in partnership with Federal Realty Investment Trust (Federal Realty) is pleased to present an exhibition of Kevin Rohde’s works in the 355 POD Space Gallery through September 18, 2022 (viewable 24/7 from the sidewalk and street). An opening reception will be held Friday, June 10 from 7-9 p.m.
Kevin Rohde’s works explore the response of the individual to the ever changing social and environmental conditions that society and life present. He uses the human figure as a platform to investigate the myriad ways in which humans react to these challenges. Rooted in the desire to master ceramic materials’ potential to mimic rigid and fluid objects, Rohde investigates the narrative possibilities presented when portraying figures interacting with common materials in unusual ways.
By juxtaposing articles of clothing, and fabric, Rohde attempts to assign new meaning to these materials through their interaction. According to Rohde, “There is a childlike element of play involved in these scenarios and I’m fascinated by the way our relationship to the concept of ‘make believe’ changes as we mature into adults. Adult society has a way of guiding our decisions when it comes to presenting ourselves to the world, and often our self expression can be concealed by insecurity.” Rohde is intrigued by this aspect of cultural assimilation through upbringing and how it raises questions about people’s relationship to the natural world.
About the Artist
Kevin Rohde is an artist and sculptor living in Baltimore, Md. He is the recipient of numerous fellowships, including the 2012-2013 Fogelberg Fellowship at Northern Clay Center (Minneapolis, Minn.) and the 2013-2014 Lormina Salter Fellowship at Baltimore Clayworks (Baltimore, Md.). Rohde received a 2016 Nyburg grant to travel to Tainan National University of the Arts in Taiwan.
Rohde received his B.A. from Keystone College (Penn.) and his M.F.A. from Edinboro University. He has taught workshops at institutions including Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts (Tenn.), Idyllwild Arts (Calif.), and Peters Valley School of Craft (Penn.), Santa Fe Clay (N.M.), and at universities such as Towson University (Md.), The George Washington University (Washington, D.C.), and Hood College (Frederick, Md.). Currently, he is the Artist and Children’s Program Director at Baltimore Clayworks.
About the 355 POD Space Gallery
Since 2017, VisArts and Federal Realty have partnered to provide opportunities for local artists to bring their ideas to life with site-specific art installations at the 355 POD Space Gallery. Directions to the 355 POD Space Gallery from VisArts: Exit VisArts and turn right on Gibbs Street. Turn right on Beall Avenue. Turn right on Hungerford Drive (Route 355). Walk past CVS. The 355 POD Space Gallery is on your right, just after the entrance to the parking garage.