Known as “Hub City”, Spartanburg South Carolina continues to expand its palette to a wide variety of talent. Local artists abound, mostly due to the creation of the Hub City Cooperative, where artists support and share a building, business responsibilities and a storefront with each other.
I recently had the privilege of photographing The Children’s’ Advocacy Center of Spartanburg, Union, and Cherokee County’s “4th annual Healing Through Art auction and party” on behalf of Spartanburg Magazine. Guests purchased tickets to attend the event, dance to a fabulous funk band, and have the opportunity to bid on auction items. The proceeds from the event will benefit local, abused children in need.
Attending this event was “The Man Behind the Helmet,” a Spartanburg artist: Roderice Cardell. Known as “TheMadddArtist,” Roderice is known for his eccentric artistic output of paint to canvas. Commonly seen at festivals and popular events, TheMadddArtist almost always dons a bike helmet, paint covered clothing and a set of earbuds. Dancing to his own chosen beat, TheMadddArtist paints the colors he sees in his mind in response to the emotions produced by the music.
The paintings are rarely named. When a title is needed, the art piece is usually named something simple, like “Helmet.” Unfortunately I wasn’t able to stick around long enough to photograph the completed painting, or to learn what the painting sold for or what it may have been named, but it sure was a great experience to watch this artist at work.
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