David Rhodes: Interview

David Rhodes, Untitled 10.4.16, 2016, acrylic on raw canvas, 118 x 78 inches (co
David Rhodes, Untitled 10.4.16, 2016, acrylic on raw canvas, 118 x 78 inches (courtesy of the artist and Hionas Gallery)

Sharon Butler interviews painter David Rhodes on the occasion of his exhibition Between the Days at Hionas Gallery, New York, on view through June 25, 2016.

Rhodes comments: "I haven’t intended to use the mark or the gesture as a dramatic element. The effect is a consequence of a series of responses, so when the paint captures light, the unevenness of the surface is revealed. To me it’s full of events, incidents... They come through the experience of making, but this isn’t isolated from the rest of life. I make the paintings quickly, so that I can look at them as a viewer, they surprise me. They aren’t planned. Its not about lengthy reflection, it’s more about responsiveness to each part of the painting as I move across the canvas."