Charleston resident Jarod Charzewski (b. 1970, Winnipeg, Canada) teaches art at the College of Charleston. His recent solo exhibitions include those at Keene State College in New Hampshire; Alternator Gallery in Kelowna, British Columbia; and the College of Charleston’s Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art. His work also has been included recently in group exhibitions at The Union Art Gallery at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; 701 Center for Contemporary Art; Redux Contemporary Art Center in Charleston; 1708 Gallery in Richmond, Va.; and 10 Store House Row in North Charleston, S.C. Charzewski holds a BFA from the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, and an MFA from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. He has taught sculpture in Winnipeg, as well as in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn.
Statement of support:
Jarod Charzewski creates cross sections of hypothetical landscapes. His work illustrates the reality of consumer culture’s effect on the landscape by reconstructing a landscape from used books or used clothes borrowed from local Goodwill stores. He uses the same materials for his objects. Charzewski’s art examines landscapes and people and man-made structures around nature. The visual characteristics of bridges and railroad tracks, tunnels, urban communities at large, cast against the strength of natural landscapes, reflect the relationship between viewer and the work. His installations and objects are monuments to nature, to man, and to our co-habitation.
Karen Ann Myers, Redux Contemporary Art Center, Charleston
Jarod Charzewski, Rockscape, 2011, recycled books and clothing, dimensions variable (detail).