Southside Gallery

August 2018: Jerrod Partridge and Jonathan Kent Adams

Jerrod Partridge’s A Eudaimonic Search and Jonathan Kent Adam’s Myth of The Beast. The artists’ work will be on display from

August 5th – September 8th.

A Eudaimonic Search

Jerrod Partridge

The title of Jerrod Partridges show, A Eudaimonic Search, is inspired by Eudaimonia, a term for human flourishing and prosperity from Aristotle’s philosophy of ethics. The word immediately piqued Partridge’s interest as having a connection to the work he was doing, as well as with art’s role in human flourishing.

Partridge writes in his artist statement, “One theme is that of domestic scenes, specifically piles of clothes. I am interested in the poetic beauty of the light and color in these paintings, but at the same time they portray excess. Human flourishing is often connected with having more than we need.” Other themes explored include traditional graphic symbolism and a focus on flowers, resulting from his wife’s successful career as a florist and therefore a constant presence of florals in his daily environment.

“Domestic scenes of excess, natural beauty, and graphic symbolism by no means fully express the breadth of the concept of eudaimonia, and that’s why this is a search.  A search, not for an end, but for flourishing and prosperity in the process.”

Jerrod earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the New York Academy of Art in 2004.  Jerrod is a 2011-2012 recipient of a Visual Arts Fellowship from the Mississippi Arts Commission, and was named distinguished Alumnus of the Year for the Mississippi College Department of Art in 2017. He and his wife currently live in Ocean Springs, Mississippi.

Myth of the Beast

Jonathan Kent Adams

Myth of the Beast explores what it means to move beyond insecurity. The narrative for the series sprung from the concept that most of his life, Adams has believed that he was a beast. It challenges questions about protecting ones identity, social constructs, and self confidence. Through his new work he has challenged that myth in his mind, “igniting the freak show up in flames”, and offering a window into where he goes to find freedom.

Jonathan received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting in 2014 from the University of Mississippi. He studied under Mary Beth McKenzie at the Art Student’s League of New York in 2012. He currently resides and makes work in Oxford, Mississippi.

Posted on August 14, 2018