New Galleries Exhibits Question Food Politics and Functional Objects

November 14, 2018


  • An opening reception for both is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 25, at 6:30 p.m. 
  • All exhibitions, presentations and receptions are open and free to the public, unless otherwise noted. 

Frankie FloodKirsten Stolle











ROCK HILL, SOUTH CAROLINA — How do agribusiness and biotech companies affect our relationship with food? How can traditional craft practices work with digital technology to positively impact society?

Winthrop University Galleries will explore these questions and their implications with two new exhibits opening Dec. 10. An opening reception for both is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 25, at 6:30 p.m.

“Selective Memory” by Kirsten Stolle
Rutledge Gallery

In “Selective Memory,” visual artist Kirsten Stolle delves into the relationship between our economy and ecology, specifically how agribusiness and biotech companies influence our food supply. Stolle manipulates, redacts and appropriates source materials such as 20th-century medical books, USDA promotional videos, archival photographs and more to challenge “corporate propaganda and industry narratives.”

The exhibit will tie in with Winthrop’s second Interdisciplinary Conference, “The World of Food: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on What We Eat and Grow,” set for Feb. 21-23, 2019. Educational programming with Stolle is currently in the works.

Much of Stolle’s work in collage, drawing and mixed media revolves around food politics, biotechnology and corporate propaganda. Her work has been displayed in the San Jose Museum of Art, the Crocker Art Museum and the Minneapolis Institute of Art. She’s currently working in western North Carolina.

Enjoy a conversation with Stolle on Jan. 25, when she’ll offer a gallery walk-through of her exhibit. The free event begins at 5:30 p.m. in Rutledge Gallery. To RSVP, e-mail

“Bespoke Objects” by Frankie Flood
Elizabeth Dunlap Patrick Gallery

Calling on his working-class upbringing for inspiration, Flood creates functional objects by combining traditional items with digital technology. His recent research on 3D printed prosthetics and one-of-a-kind adaptive devices has spread worldwide, and his creation of the Digital Craft Research Lab has created new areas of study for students interested in the emerging field.

Flood serves as an associate professor and area head of metalsmithing and jewelry design at Appalachian State University. He previously served as director of the aforementioned Digital Craft Research Lab in Milwaukee and in several other roles at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.

Flood will take over Winthrop’s CreatorSpace, located in G26 Rutledge, on Feb. 28 and walk his audience through his involvement in creating a 3D printed prosthetic hand, a process that’s being used to help children globally. Space is limited, so RSVP by e-mailing by Feb. 7.

Flood will also give an artist talk on Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. in 119 Rutledge.

Both exhibits are open through March 8, 2019.

Other Galleries’ exhibits include exhibitions in the Lewandowski Student Gallery:

VCOM Exhibition
Dec. 11, 2018-Jan. 21, 2019

Jewelry/Metals Exhibition
Jan. 29-Feb. 18

Sculpture Exhibition
Feb. 26-March 25

All exhibitions, presentations and receptions are open and free to the public, unless otherwise noted. Galleries hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. except on university holidays and in between exhibitions.

For more information, visit the website or call 803/323-2493.

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