'Redshift Waves, Arcade Gaze, & Other Things' by Keeara Rhoades

“Redshift Waves, Arcade Gaze, & Other Things” by Keeara Rhoades is a 3-channel video panorama featured in Northcutt Steele Gallery’s new show “The Prize Inside.” Rhoades, an assistant professor of art in new media photography at MSUB, explores the gaps between liminal clarity and misunderstood realities created by 21st century technologies of representation that deed the human desire to see and control. 

The Northcutt Steele Gallery at Montana State University Billings hosts Billings-based artist Keeara Rhoades in an exhibition of her newest works, "The Prize Inside." 

An assistant professor of art at MSU Billings, Rhoades has created video and interactive installations accompanied by a cast of characters, props, and historical and contemporary documents in an attempt to employ themes of memetics, imitation theory, and "human adaptive systems for meaning-making," according to a press release.

This recent work combines constructed landscapes with audio narratives and aims to explore the gaps between 21st century technologies and the human desire "to see and control."

“I am interested in symbiotic relationships and the narratives that unfold when introducing conditions of action, motion, and emotion before the camera,” said Rhoades, who was born and raised on the Wyoming side of the Black Hills.

Cracked Clay Terrain

Keeara Rhoades' "Cracked Clay Terrain with The Prize Insideassemblages"

Rhoades has exhibited nationally and internationally, with productions in Italy, Spain, and China. Her bachelor's degree is from the Herron School of Art in Indianapolis, and has an master's in photomedia from the University of Washington. She has also studied studio art in Rome.

Featured in the gallery adjacent to Rhoades' exhibit is a group exhibition by current and former MSU Billings Department of Art faculty. Pieces showcase the various influences and ideas from educators on the experience of learning about art, creativity, process, production, and understanding between teachers and learners.

'Untitled (Chaos)'

Jodi Lightner, Untitled (Chaos),  62” x 36”, Acrylic/Ink on Mylar, 2019. Copyright: Jodi Lightner.

Artists included are Renee Audette, Mark Earnhart, Neil Jussila, Jodi Lightner, Randi O’Brien, Dr. Mara Pierce, and Marcia Selsor.

The Northcutt Steele Gallery is on the first floor of the Liberal Arts Building at MSU Billings. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and by appointment. For more information visit www.msubillings.edu/gallery or www.facebook.com/NorthcuttSteeleGallery.

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