HIVE installation opens at USCB gallery in March


"HIVE," an art installation by Adrian Rhodes, will be on display March 1-29 in the Sea Islands Center Gallery at USCB, 1106 Carteret St. in Beaufort.

An opening reception will take place March 1 from 5 to 8 p.m., with a gallery talk by the artist at 6 p.m.

The gallery is open Tuesday through Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The artist will employ 550 sculptural bee woodcut prints to transform the gallery space for the HIVE exhibition, as well as printed bee wallpaper, bee-printed polyhedral sculptures suspended from the ceiling, acrylic paintings, collages, papercut bees affixed to surfaces, ribbons and more.

"Blood and Honey," an acrylic and collage piece included in the installation, features images of cut-open pomegranates seemingly oozing honey amid a double-helix strand, spider web patterns, and Japanese wave motifs.

The artist depicts bees because they form complex maternal bonds across generations. The crucial function of these pollinators, paired with the complexity and matriarchal nature of the hive, references life's vitality and renewal.

The pomegranate draws on dual natures of life and death, fertility, renewal and decay. DNA structures and collage processes examine issues of inheritance.

Rhodes earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from Winthrop University. She has exhibited her work throughout the Carolinas and in juried exhibitions, including Artfields. Her work has frequently received awards in competitions, including the top prize at Contemporary South in 2017.

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