SC State University Hosts Exhibition of Artist Yvette Cummings

Friday, February 12, 2010

PomegranateSC State University’s Fine Arts Center Gallery is currently hosting “The 11th Hour,” an exhibition by artist Yvette Cummings.  The exhibition will be on display through Friday, Feb. 12, 2010.


Cummings’ large-scale paintings investigate the boundaries between recognition and meaning. Life-size figures and monumental objects inhabit compositions appropriated from historical sources.


Cummings’ work begins with a series of cut paper collages created from a variety of sources.  The nature of appropriation (the reassignment of stolen images to create new meaning) is used to unite seemingly disconnected imagery.


“My current body of work combines traditional still life objects with appropriated images of women,” explained Cummings. “Artists have explored the genre of still life painting for a variety of reasons.  Over the history of art, harvested goods have been used as symbols of excess as well as representations of the human body.  I am exploring appropriation as a means of recontextualizing these old forms,” Cummings noted.


Cummings’ received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting from Kendall College of Art in Grand Rapids, Mich. She received her Master’s of Fine Arts degree in painting from the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, OH.  Currently, she serves as an instructor at the University of South Carolina (USC) in Columbia, S.C.


For more information on Yvette Cummings’ exhibition contact James Arendt, director of the SC State Gallery, at (803) 536-8918.