Rodney Ewing

Ewing’s drawings, installations, and mixed media works focus on his need to intersect body and place, memory and fact to re-examine human histories, cultural conditions, and events. With his work he is pursuing a narrative that requires us to be present and intimate. His work has been exhibited at Euphrat Museum of Art, Cupertino, CA; The Drawing Center, New York, NY; and in San Francisco, CA at Root Division, Jack Fischer Gallery, San Francisco Art Commission Gallery, Nancy Toomey Fine Art, Alter Space Gallery, and Ictus Projects. He has been an Artist-in-Residence at Recology and the De Young Museum of Fine Arts both in San Francisco, as well as Djerassi in Woodside, California, Headlands Center for the Arts in Marin, California, and Bemis Center for the Arts, Omaha, Nebraska. Ewing received his BFA in Printmaking from Louisiana State University and his MFA in Printmaking West Virginia University.

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Art+Action commissioned Ewing to create “Who are you? / How do you want to be counted? which uses the ten card—that records fingerprints for agencies to confirm our name, age, race, physical statistics, and criminal activity—to examine institutional systems of identification, and how the information generated by them rarely reflects our personal being, nor does it allow for an accurate or intimate history of the individual. The project—planned to be on view during the art & civic experience Come To Your Census: Who Counts in America? at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts—further unveils our commonalities, inviting participants to share their cherished histories that go beyond corporeal descriptions and statistics, from the sublime to the ridiculous, from the joyful to the somber.

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