Joshua Rhodes is a creator. The man behind Subtle Takeover went to school for graphic design, but he is making a name for himself in the Phoenix community as a man of many modes of expression.
On Friday, June 7, Palabra Studios hosts Rhodes's first solo exhibition in downtown Phoenix. "It's Taking Shape" will showcase mostly acrylic paintings on panel, but in typical form Rhodes doesn't limit himself to the medium -- there will also be some smaller block prints available.
Rhodes moved to the Valley a year and half ago with his wife and fellow creative, Sarah Rhodes of Arrow & Apple, and he has been hard at work ever since. You may have seen his modern wooden shelving designs around town or his work in the Frances Hearts Summer magazine. Additionnally, Rhodes currently has a shoe design up for vote over at the Bucketfeet artist contest.
Rhodes says he doesn't over-think his work, and that allows him to do lots of different types of projects when inspiration strikes. But his upcoming show is also a celebration of an artistic identity coming together.
"This last year and a half I have had the chance to create in a variety of mediums and methods, full-time, and I feel like a personal style is starting to form. I never thought I had a style in my art, and I still think that," he says. "But I think I'm getting closer, which is exciting!"
The June 7 opening will feature music by Brock Lefferts of A Cloud for Climbing. The exhibition will remain up for three weeks following First Friday. For more information, visit the Subtle Takeover website. For a behind-the-scenes look at Rhode's process check out his Instagram account.