Kodi Thompson sculpture exhibit opens October 12 at Morean Arts Center

04 Oct 2019, Posted by Robin McGowan in Events, News, Press Releases
Sculptor Kodi Thompson hanging art

St. Petersburg, FL – (October 3, 2019) Neon bright colors and the alphabet of St. Petersburg artist Kodi Thompson seem to punch through the windows of the Morean Arts Center echoing the energy and dynamically changing streetscape of Central Avenue in St. Petersburg. The streets have inspired and informed much of Thompson’s work and he has worked on surfaces evocative of materials ranging from corrugated steel to traffic posts.

Thompson is currently preparing for the opening of his solo exhibit at the Morean Arts Center scheduled for Saturday, October 12 from 5 to 9 pm.

The XYZ exhibit features a body of work that resulted from clay being extruded through steel the artist plasma cut with shapes and compositions from two-dimensional inspirations including skateboarding, graffiti and architecture. “The ambiguous and cryptic nature of this work invites viewers to decode for themselves.  References to my past are disguised in plain view from the extruding process, becoming a completely new and infinite set of forms to be interpreted,” said Thompson.

Thompson’s work appears in galleries next to the BASK and Jujmo exhibits, scheduled for the SHINE St. Petersburg Mural Festival from October 18 to 26.

Thompson, an alumnus of the Morean Center for Clay Artist in Residence program, holds an MFA Degree from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with a Concentration in Ceramics and a BFA Degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania with a Concentration in Ceramics and Minor in Art History.

Thompson has been acknowledged in multiple publications such as Southern Illinois University’s Research and Creative Activities Annual Publication, and the NCECA National Student Juried Exhibition Catalog during both his undergraduate and graduate career. He has received grants and awards for his research and works. Some include the Visualizing Research Impacts Competition Award, and The Martha Holden Award at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He has shown in galleries and museums such as The Nu Contemporary Gallery, The Erie Art Museum, and Pittsburgh Center for the Arts in Pennsylvania. Others include The Clay Studio of Philadelphia and Baltimore Clayworks Gallery.

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