Jim Arendt: Indigo|Works in Denim

Jim Arendt is an artist whose work explores the shifting paradigms of labor and place through narrative figure painting, drawing, prints, fabric and sculpture. Influenced by the radical reshaping of rural and industrial landscapes, he investigates how individual lives are affected by transitions in economic structures.

Arendt’s denim pieces are life-sized portrayals of close friends and family members. Arendt is careful not to call them portraits, as they are more likenesses of how he perceives their characters. Arendt grew up on a farm in Flint, MI, where he developed an appreciation for the manual labor contributed by his family members. To Arendt, their labor is representative of the hopes and dreams of their future, and it is his respect for such that drives his motivation to create.

Director of Coastal Carolina University’s Rebecca Randall Bryan Art Gallery, Arendt received his BFA from Kendall College of Art & Design and his MFA with a concentration in painting from the University of South Carolina. Learn more about Jim Arendt here.

The Myrtle Beach Art Museum presents Indigo: Works in Denim by Jim Arendt. View Arendt’s life-sized denim works, which are on display now through Thursday, January 7, 2016. The Opening Reception takes place on Thursday, October 8, 2015 from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Arendt will provide a tour of the exhibition and conduct The Artist’s Talk, which begins at 6:15 p.m. Admission is free for members and $10 for non-members. For more information, visit the website here.