Rodrigo Valenzuela in Artillery 7.31.20

Rodrigo Valenzuela at Klowden Mann
by Shana Nys Dambrot | Jul 29, 2020
Rodrigo Valenzuela pursues a robust and multivalent practice that encompasses lavishly produced and materially rich photography, sculpture, installation and video. At the same time, these pursuits are equally centered on a semiotic, politically engaged post-capitalist critique of social constructs and civic institutions. All of these elements converge and converse in his recent exhibition, Journeyman, across a suite of photogravures, ceramic sculptures displayed in architectural interventions, and a pair of videos.
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Rodrigo Valenzuela Future Fair Conversation with Danny Báez on Instagram Live 7.7.20

Wednesday, July 8th at 2pm EST
In Conversation:
Curator and co-founder of MECA and ArtNoir, Danny Báez, and artist, Rodirgo Valenzuela will be in conversation about the artist's recent body of work Barricades and Masks, a series of photographs based on research of historical uprisings. Rodrigo is a chilean artist based in Los Angeles. He has recently exhibited with Future Fair Online with Klowden Mann, LA. Tune in to @futurefairs or @artsy on Wednesday  at 2pm EST for the discussion!
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Rodrigo Valenzuela selected for Insider’s Picks by Danny Báez 5.7.20


Insider’s Picks: Danny is a curator based in New York City. He is the Co-Founder and Director of MECA International Art Fair in San Juan, Puerto Rico and Co-Founder and Board Member of the ARTNOIR Collective
View Danny’s Picks on Artsy
Danny Báez is a regular and normal guy originally from Quisqueya, Dominican Republic. A former Advertising Major at UNAPEC and a Printmaker at Columbia University's LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies, Báez is now living and ... (read more)

Rodrigo Valenzuela in Art Now LA 4.18.20

Rodrigo Valenzuela: ‘Journeyman’
Labor Intensive Artistic Practices
by Jody Zellen
Upon entering Klowden Mann‘s gallery space, it is impossible not to be immediately taken by its transformation. For his exhibition Journeyman, Rodrigo Valenzuela has fabricated a raised plywood floor that extends across the entire gallery and into which he has inset ceramic sculptures. These holes are illuminated troughs, scattered across the space as if floor-based skylights. Carefully centered in each cubby-hole is a dark gray three-dimensional work entitled Airstrip (all works 2020) that ... (read more)

Rodrigo Valenzuela in Carla 3.18.20

Rodrigo Valenzuela at Klowden Mann
March 18, 2020
Text by Matt Stromberg
Rodrigo Valenzuela’s photographs not only look old but also were made using a pre-film process of photo-making called photogravure which lends rich grey-sepia tones to the prints, lending them an august air. His current exhibition at Klowden Mann, Journeyman, features eight of these prints from his Stature series (all works 2020), each capturing an assortment of abstract, concrete forms stacked on one another. The function of the photographed assemblages is ... (read more)

Rodrigo Valenzuela in KCRW 3.17.20

Having an exhibition on view during gallery closures

by Lindsay Preston Zappas
At first, galleries were canceling public openings and events, while leaving exhibitions available to the public, and promising sanitized surfaces and safe distances. But just days later, throughout L.A., museums and galleries started closing or switching to appointment-only.
A couple of weeks ago, Rodrigo Valenzuela’s exhibition Journeyman opened at Klowden Mann Gallery. Now the exhibition is closed to the public, but still available to view by appointment.
The exhibition ... (read more)

Rodrigo Valenzuela in group show at Sala Alcalá 31 1.28.20

Gran Sur: Chilean contemporary art in the Engel Collection

From February 25, 2020 to April 26, 2020

Alcalá Room 31

La Sala Alcalá 31 presents the exhibition "Big Sur: Chilean contemporary art in Engel Collection" , an important selection of one of the largest private collections in Latin America, Claudio Engel collection.

Curated by Christian Viveros-Fauné, “Gran Sur”, presents for the first time in Spain such an important exhibition of works by Chilean artists from the late twentieth and early twenty-first. The exhibition not ... (read more)

Rodrigo Valenzuela artist talk at Kutztown University 1.26.20

February 3, 2020 at 6pm

Sharadin Art Building, Lecture Hall 120
Kutztown University
Rodrigo Valenzuela to Present Artist Talk at Kutztown University Feb. 3
KUTZTOWN, PA -- The Kutztown University Department of Art is proud to welcome artist Rodrigo Valenzuela at 6 p.m., Monday, Feb. 3, at 120 Sharadin, where he will present an artist talk. His show Jornada is currently on display in KU's Marlin and Regina Miller Gallery. The event is free ... (read more)

Rodrigo Valenzuela in solo exhibition at Kutztown University’s Marlin and Regina Miller Gallery 11.6.19

KU Miller Gallery to open new show in November

By THEKEYSTONENEWS on November 3, 2019

By Raven Shellman
Contributing Writer
On Nov. 21, the Marlin and Regina Miller Gallery will be opening its doors to artist Rodrigo Valenzuela, with a show curated by Professor Jayne Struble and presented by the Department of Art.
A native of Chile who immigrated to the United States and currently resides in Los Angeles, California, Valenzuela is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Art at UCLA ... (read more)

Rodrigo Valenzuela in Visual Art Source 10.30.19

Rodrigo Valenzuela
Upfor Gallery, Portland, Oregon
Recommendation by Gabe Scott

Continuing through November 2, 2019
Chilean-born, Los Angeles-based Rodrigo Valenzuela unveils “PRESENT,” the latter of a two-part exhibition, “PAST / PRESENT.” While “PAST” served as a mini-retrospective of the artist’s work over a five year period, it also provided a jumping-off point for “PRESENT,” a new photographic series that expands the thematic scope and vision of his studio constructions and spatial arrangements. 
A number of constants are present throughout, starting with Valenzuela’s examination ... (read more)

Rodrigo Valenzuela in Artishock 10.29.19

por Artishock | Oct 26, 2019
Past | Present, Rodrigo Valenzuela’s third solo exhibition at Upfor, is comprised of two parts: in September, a selection of work from major series in photography, video and painting created between 2013 and 2018; and in October, the debut of a new body of monochromatic photographs titled Stature.
Valenzuela’s works often involve narratives around immigration and the working class. Rooted in contradictory traditions of documentary and fiction, his staged scenes manipulate codes of ... (read more)

Rodrigo Valenzuela in solo exhibition at The Lancaster Museum of Art and History 10.25.19

Beyond the Surface
The Lancaster Museum of Art and History
November 9, 2019 - January 12, 2020
The Lancaster Museum of Art & History (MOAH) and the Lancaster Museum and Public Art Foundation (LMPAF) invite Antelope Valley residents and visitors to its newest exhibition Beyond the Surface, a survey of contemporary photography.  The exhibit will be on display November 9 through January 12, and the opening reception will be November 9 from 4-6 p.m.
Beyond the Surface features the work of eight photographers, ... (read more)

Rodrigo Valenzuela keynote speaker at Filter Photo 9.11.19

Speaker at Filter Photo
September 19th at 7-8pm
Columbia College
600 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60605
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Rodrigo Valenzuela in solo exhibition at Upfor 9.3.19

PAST: September 4 – 28, 2019
First Thursday opening September 5, 6–8 pm
PRESENT: October 2 – November 2, 2019
First Thursday opening October 3, 6–8 pm (artist present)
Past | Present, Rodrigo Valenzuela’s third solo exhibition at Upfor, is comprised of two parts: in September, a selection of prior work from major series in photography, video and painting; and in October, the debut of a new body of monochromatic photographs.
Past in September is comprised of selections from photographic series and ... (read more)

Rodrigo Valenzuela in Art Daily 8.30.19

Robert Lazzarini, chain-link fence (torn), 2012.

USF Contemporary Art Museum presents The Return of the Real: Robert Lazzarini and Rodrigo Valenzuela
TAMPA, FLA.- In an era increasingly dominated by fabricated fears, alternative facts and fake news, the artists Robert Lazzarini (U.S., b. 1965) and Rodrigo Valenzuela (Chile, b. 1982) rearrange, reconstruct and ultimately distort reality in order to question its most fundamental premises. Their two-person exhibition, The Return of the Real, illustrates, among other things, how the real is made up ... (read more)

Rodrigo Valenzuela in LA Weekly 8.23.19

Rodrigo Valenzuela, Installation view of General Song, 2018 (Klowden Mann)

AUGUST 23, 2019

Don’t let the imposing sculptural installations and nested layers of in-camera spaces and arrayed objects fool you, Rodrigo Valenzuela is a photographer. While he often generates large-scale, labor-intensive scenes and motifs in the studio — tableaux constructed of mixed media structures of paper, plaster, metal and paint — all of this is done in the ultimate service of photography. Except ... (read more)

Rodrigo Valenzuela in Oregon Live 8.23.19

11 Portland art exhibits to freshen up your fall


By Briana Miller | For The Oregonian/OregonLive

New shows this fall showcase the work of (clockwise, from top left): Noritaka Tatehana, Jeremy Okai Davis, Brenda Mallory and Rodrigo Valenzula.

The fall art season kicks off with solid offerings that include the Portland2019 Biennial at Disjecta Contemporary Art Center and the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art's Time-Based Art Festival, followed by city-wide programming around the second annual Portland Textile Month in October.
Galleries and art ... (read more)

Rodrigo Valenzuela joins the J. Paul Getty Museum Collection 8.10.19

Rodrigo Valenzuela
Barricade No. 1, 2017
General Song, Edition 1 of 3
Archival pigment print mounted on Sintra
55.5 x 45.25 x 2.25 in  (141 x 114.9 x 5.7 cm) (framed)
RVAL192 (read more)

Rodrigo Valenzuela in two-person exhibition at USF Contemporary Art Museum 8.2.19

August 26 – December 7, 2019
USF Contemporary Art Museum
Curated by Christian Viveros-Fauné: organized by USF Contemporary Art Museum
A two-person exhibition, featuring the work of Los Angeles-based artist Rodrigo Valenzuela (b. 1982 Santiago, Chile) and New York-based sculptor Robert Lazzarini (b. 1965, Denville, N.J.), The Return of the Real presents the work of two U.S.-based artists who are distinctly committed to re-presentation as a mode of visual experimentation and reasoning. ... (read more)

Rodrigo Valenzuela in screening at QUEENS LA 6.29.19

Video in Site: Soap Opera
July 27th

2601 Pasadena Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90031

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Rodrigo Valenzuela in BLOUIN ARTINFO 6.29.19

Rodrigo Valenzuela’s “Screen Series” at New Museum, New York


Rodrigo Valenzuela’s work is part of the exhibition series “Screen Series” at the New Museum in New York. The exhibition is on view through July 14, 2019.
Rodrigo Valenzuela, in his videos and photo-based works, addresses issues and experiences common to working-class people living in the United States. A special focus of his work are the new immigrants who come to the United States, especially people ... (read more)

Rodrigo Valenzuela featured in Harper’s Magazine 6.27.19

By Rafil Kroll-Zaidi
July 2019 issue
Among a million species now threatened with extinction, marine species are disappearing at twice the rate of terrestrial species, and British hedgehogs are in decline, possibly owing to a loss of hedges. An international team of scientists proposed that China could switch to carbon-negative electricity production through the use of coal; the United Kingdom, where 70 percent of asthma inhalers produce high levels of CO2 emissions, could achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 at a cost of 1 ... (read more)

Bettina Hubby, Jamison Carter and Rodrigo Valenzuela in group show at Kopeikin Gallery 6.1.19

Vision Board: A Group Exhibition
June 29 - August 24
Kopeikin Gallery
2766 La Cienega Blvd.
LosAngeles, CA 90034
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Rodrigo Valenzuela at New Museum 5.18.19

Screens Series: Rodrigo Valenzuela
May 21 - July 14, 2019
New Museum
235 Bowery
New York, NY 10002
In his videos and photo-based works, Rodrigo Valenzuela addresses issues and experiences common to working-class people living in the United States, paying special attention to recent immigrants and those of Latinx heritage.
Valenzuela, who immigrated to the US and worked odd jobs as an undocumented laborer before returning to school to study art, brings to his works a keen awareness of the challenges faced by people ... (read more)

Rodrigo Valenzuela in group show at The Phillips Collection 5.14.19

The Warmth of Other Suns
June 22 - September 22
The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.
The Phillips Collection, in partnership with the New Museum, presents “The Warmth of Other Suns,” an exhibition featuring over seventy artists whose work poses urgent questions around the representations and perceptions of migration.
“The Warmth of Other Suns,” which will be on view at The Phillips Collection in Washington D.C. from June 22 to September 22, 2019, underscores how art can shed light on the complex circumstances ... (read more)

Rodrigo Valenzuela in solo exhibition at Laurence Miller Gallery 5.2.19


Rodrigo Valenzuela

May 2 – June 1, 2019
521 West 26th Street ​5th floor
New York, NY 10001
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Rodrigo Valenzuela in Visit Seattle 4.14.19

Interview by Brangien Davis.
From the moment you set foot in Seattle, you can feel it: art is everywhere.
The thriving arts scene is a priority in this city—in fact, Seattle has been recognized for having more arts-related businesses and organizations per capita than any other metropolitan area in the U.S., according to Americans for the Arts. Photographer and video artist Rodrigo Valenzuela is one of the contributors to this creative city. Read on for a look at the city ... (read more)

Rodrigo Valenzuela in solo show at Arróniz in Mexico City 4.2.19

Rodrigo Valenzuela
Opening Reception: April 6, 12-3pm
Tabasco 198, Roma Nte., 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico (read more)

Rodrigo Valenzuela in The State Press 3.28.19

Photo by Imani Randle | The State Press
Artist Rodrigo Valenzuela poses for a photo near Neeb Hall on campus in Tempe, Arizona, on Tuesday, March 26, 2019.
Herberger Institute lecture series brings visiting artists to ASU
Rodrigo Valenzuela and Val Britton visit ASU’s Tempe campus for the 2019 Visiting Artist and Scholar Lecture Series
By Samia Salahi | 03/27/19 4:27am
Visiting artists lead talks about their recent art pursuits and the development of their creative process through ASU’s ... (read more)

Rodrigo Valenzuela lecture at Arizona State University 3.19.19

2019 Visiting Artists and Scholar Lecture Series featuring Rodrigo Valenzuela
Tuesday March 26th, 5 - 6:30pm
Neeb Hall
Rodrigo Valenzuela was born in Santiago, Chile in 1982 and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. Valenzuela studies art history and photography at University of Chile (2004), holds a BA in philosophy at the Evergreen State College and MFA at University of Washington. Recent residencies include Core Fellowship at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (Texas), Skowhegan School of Painting and Scuplture (Maine), ... (read more)

Rodrigo Valenzuela at The Armory Show 3.2.19

Rodrigo Valenzuela
The Armory Show
Upfor Gallery
Pier 94, Booth P7
New York, NY 10019
Thursday, March 7, 12-8pm
Friday, March 8, 12-8pm
Saturday, March 9, 12-7pm
Sunday, March 10, 12-6pm
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Rodrigo Valenzuela lecture at Museum of Contemporary Art 2.28.19

Artists on Artists: Rodrigo Valenzuela on Zoe Leonard
Sunday, Mar 17, 2019
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
152 North Central Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 621-1732 or
Artist and assistant professor in the Department of Art at UCLA, Rodrigo Valenzuela works across photography, video, and installation to address the lived experiences of undocumented immigrants and laborers. Using autobiographical threads to address universal subjects, Valenzuela constructs scenes that point to the tensions found ... (read more)

Rodrigo Valenzuela in Los Angeles Times 2.11.19

A visitor experiences Alan Nakagawa’s “Rescue” at OCMAExpand — Santa Ana, a piece that includes a video projection of drawn images of the Ku Klux Klan, a hair-drying chair rescued from a beauty salon and audio of Nakagawa's KKK-related anxieties. (Photo by Lauren Hillary)

Temporary OCMAExpand location offers a unique experience for arts lovers

By RICHARD CHANG | FEB 11, 2019 | 11:05 AM

Last May, the Orange County Museum of Art made a big splash with the unveiling of models and plans for ... (read more)

Rodrigo Valenzuela in group show at The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art 1.26.19

Monarchs: Brown and Native Contemporary Artists in the Path of the Butterfly
March 7 - June 2
Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art (read more)

Rodrigo Valenzuela in Contact Sheet 200 1.23.19

Contact Sheet 200: Rodrigo Valenzuela
Rodrigo Valenzuela’s work in photography, video, and installation boldly addresses themes of labor, power, and representation. For a Chilean artist living in America, who is making his work at a moment when the 45th President of the United States continues pressing for a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico, the underlying narrative of Valenzuela’s art—of immigration and the struggles of the working class—is as charged as ever.
The title of Valenzuela’s ... (read more)

Rodrigo Valenzuela in solo exhibition at Light Work 1.12.19

American Type
January 14 - March 1
Kathleen O. Ellis Gallery
Gallery Talk: Thursday, January 31st, 6pm
Reception: Thursday, January 31st, 5-7pm
Rodrigo Valenzuela’s work in photography, video, and installation boldly addresses themes of labor, power, and representation. For a Chilean artist living in America, who is making his work at a moment when the 45th President of the United States continues pressing for a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico, the underlying narrative of Valenzuela’s art—of immigration and ... (read more)

Rodrigo Valenzuela in solo exhibition at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History 10.27.18

Lay of the Land: Rodrigo Valenzuela. November 2, 2018 – February 17, 2019
What does it feel like to be an immigrant in a new place? What do you do when the lay of the land is unfamiliar?
Dive into disorienting landscapes in this installation of photography, painting, and video by Chilean-born artist Rodrigo Valenzuela.
The materials and methods he uses to create his artwork speak to his experience as an immigrant. He uses themes like soccer and the landscape to explore complex ideas ... (read more)

Rodrigo Valenzuela in Artsy Editorial 10.16.18

Artist Rodrigo Valenzuela works with a student during an open studio at UCLA. Photo by Reed Hutchinson. Courtesy of UCLA.

Six Artists Working as Teachers Share the Lessons They’ve Learned

Benjamin Sutton
Oct 16, 2018 1:10 pm

Artists’ creativity often extends to the ways they make a living. The most famous may live off their studio practices, but many more cobble together a livelihood from sales of their art, grants, freelance work, and day jobs. For tens of thousands of artists ... (read more)

Rodrigo Valenzuela in The Architect’s Newspaper 10.11.18

The Orange County Museum of Art will be opening a temporary facility at the South Coast Plaza mall as its new Morphosis-designed facilities undergo construction. (Courtesy Morphosis Architects)

California’s Orange County Museum of Art to open satellite location while Morphosis builds
By ANTONIO PACHECO • October 11, 2018
The Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) in Santa Ana, California, is planning to open a new temporary gallery space in the South Coast Plaza Village on November 3 as work on a new 52,... (read more)

Rodrigo Valenzuela in Daily Bruin 10.4.18

Four UCLA faculty members from vastly different academic disciplines discussed the meaning of space at a panel Tuesday. (Photo courtesy of UCLA Arts)

Hybrid course and “10 Questions” series offer interdisciplinary answers about space
Posted: October 4, 2018 1:48 am
Four UCLA professors, from disciplines ranging from nanoscience to architecture, attempted to answer the question, “What is Space?” Tuesday night at the first session of a new lecture series from the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture.Space ... (read more)

Rodrigo Valenzuela in solo exhibition at Orange County Museum of Art 10.2.18

Rodrigo Valenzuela: American-Type
November 3, 2018 - March 17, 2019
Orange County Museum of Art
1661 W Sunflower Ave
Santa Ana, CA 92704
In his photography and video-based, work Rodrigo Valenzuela reveals tensions between individual and communal experiences. He is highly conscious of how the camera translates spaces, objects, and people into images. His work on view here investigates topics of alienation and displacement relative to questions about labor, immigration, and American culture.
This debut presentation of Valenzuela’s American-Type photograph stakes its title ... (read more)

Rodrigo Valenzuela in group show at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston 8.25.18

Walls Turned Sideways: Artists Confront the Justice System

On view: August 25, 2018 - January 6, 2019

Where: Brown Foundation Gallery
Walls Turned Sideways: Artists Confront the Justice System features work by artists from across the nation that addresses the criminal justice system, mass incarceration, and the prison-industrial complex. Representing the full range of contemporary art production made in the studio and the social realm, the exhibition includes artworks that take social justice issues as a subject matter; and position the prison and ... (read more)

Rodrigo Valenzuela in group exhibition at The Kitchen in New York 6.23.18

On Whiteness
The Kitchen, New York
June 27 - August 3, 2018
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 27th, 6-8pm
The exhibition portion of On Whiteness aims to take advantage of art’s powerful ability to reframe dominant ways of seeing, especially with regard to philosopher Sara Ahmed’s postulation of whiteness as a "habit," whose power to form and sustain specific social behaviors and institutions resides in its being taken entirely for granted. As Ahmed proposes: “Whiteness is what bodies do, where the body takes ... (read more)

Rodrigo Valenzuela in solo exhibition at Cloaca Projects in San Francisco 5.25.18


Arena  by Rodrigo Valenzuela

CLOACA PROJECTS is proud to present ARENA, Rodrigo Valenzuela’s first solo exhibition in the Bay Area. ARENA consists of sixty feet of photocopy transfers on canvas wrapping around the interior of the gallery.


Considering the ideology of Manifest Destiny and the failures of the Homestead Acts that quickened the settlement of public land in the American West, Valenzuela’s images invoke these ideas of expansion and opportunity and, at the same time, painful histories of ... (read more)

Rodrigo Valenzuela in group exhibition at Galerie Lisa Kandlhofer in Vienna 5.2.18

Curated by Ala Glasner
Fiete Stolte | Daniel Steegmann Mangrané | Jeremy Shaw | Christian Falsnaes | Tomás Saraceno | Maximilian Prüfer | Goshka Macuga | Rodrigo Valenzuela | Moritz Lacler | Diana Sirianni | Naama Ityel
I followed you to the sun brings together eleven international artists from established to debuting who have not been shown together previously. They all work with different media ranging from sculpture, photography, video, performance and painting to installations. What brings them together is a certain transitional element in their work and artistic idea. I followed ... (read more)

Cooper Johnson reviews Rodrigo Valenzuela’s General Song in Artillery 5.2.18

Klowden Mann

by Cooper Johnson
Named after Pablo Neruda’s epic poem on the history of the Americas, Rodrigo Valenzuela’s own “General Song” harmonizes with its Lantinx perspective; his two series of photographs, “Barricades” and “Masks,” confront social issues like immigration and revolt while meditating on the medium of photography.
The primer-white and paint-chipped scenes of “Barricades” exist in simultaneous construction and dismantling, both in material and in concept. The foreground objects of “Barricades” build off, and extend into, a large ... (read more)

Rodrigo Valenzuela in Glasstire 4.20.18

How does a body process labor? What are the aftereffects of that process, and how do those aftereffects manifest within or throughout a group or organization? These are some of the questions that the LA-based Rodrigo Valenzuela, in his current effort at Art League Houston, addresses with two video works: Prole (2016) and The Unwaged (2017).
Prole is the more literal of the two. Here, Valenzuela has gathered together a group of Latino workers in order to assemble a labor union. What’s interesting ... (read more)

Loring Knoblauch reviews Rodrigo Valenzuela’s Intervention in Collector Daily 4.19.18

JTF (just the facts): A total of 11 black and white and color photographs, framed in white and unmatted, and hung against white walls in the main gallery space and the entry area. All of the works are archival pigment prints, made in 2014, 2015, and 2017. The works are drawn from three separate series – Hedonic Reversal, Trophy Room, and General Song. Physical sizes are either 34×42, 36×44, or 55×45 inches, and all of the prints are available in editions of ... (read more)

Rodrigo Valenzuela in solo exhibition at Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art in Eugene, Oregon 4.14.18

Rodrigo Valenzuela: Work in its Place

April 25, 2018 to August 05, 2018

This unusual exhibition is a striking example of the museum as medium. It reminds us that the accumulation and juxtaposition of objects can be a dynamic force for understanding and that museums can be laboratories for experimentation. Rodrigo Valenzuela’s new landscape portraits, his selection of works from the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art’s collection, and his unconventional manner of displaying these objects, ask us to think about the various ... (read more)

Rodrigo Valenzuela in solo exhibition at Art League Houston 3.24.18

The Unwaged
Rodrigo Valenzuela
Exhibition in conjunction with FotoFest 2018 Biennial

Opening Reception: 6 – 9 PM Friday, March 23, 2018
Exhibition Dates: March 23, 2018 – May 5, 2018
Artist Talk 7:00 PM I Front Gallery
Art League Houston is excited to present The Unwaged, by LA-based artist Rodrigo Valenzuela. The exhibition features a single-channel video addressing unpaid labor, volunteering, and internship culture rooted in the capital market. Coming from a low income family and spending most of his twenties as an undocumented worker, ... (read more)

Andy Campbell reviews Rodrigo Valenzuela’s General Song on Artforum 3.13.18

Rodrigo Valenzuela
Klowden Mann
6023 Washington Blvd
February 24 - March 31

Thick, gray paint peels from the walls of the gallery, revealing shocks of white underneath. A large tower has crashed to the ground (when? it’s unclear), and barricades, painted ghostly white, hide fluorescent lights, throwing shadows across the cracking walls. In this evocative environment, altogether titled Tower, 2018, one doesn’t simply encounter Rodrigo Valenzuela’s work but rather becomes drawn into its political implications.
The artist’s large photographs scintillate. ... (read more)

Rodrigo Valenzuela in Hyperallergic 2.23.18

The Mesmerizing Depth and Desolation of Desert Landscapes

Abstract lines and shapes break up Rodrigo Valenzuela’s barren mixed-media landscapes of Joshua Tree National Park and Chile’s Atacama desert.
MEXICO CITY — Earlier this month, Mexico City opened its fifth annual Material Art Fair, under the banner of “Freedom to Art” — a spirited, if awkwardly articulated, catch phrase. At the booth of Portland-based gallery Upfor, Sense of Place, an installation of Rodrigo Valenzuela’s luminous landscape scenes, captivated a throng of fairgoers. In vibrant ... (read more)

Rodrigo Valenzuela in solo exhibition at Laurence Miller Gallery in New York 2.16.18

Rodrigo Valenzuela
March 8 – April 28, 2018
Laurence Miller Gallery is pleased to present INTERVENTION, the gallery’s first exhibition of 35-year-old Los Angeles-based artist Rodrigo Valenzuela. This show will feature selected photographs from three recent bodies of work: General Song, Hedonic Reversal, and Trophy Room.

Born in Chile in 1982, Valenzuela came of age during the brutal military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, an era when dissent was forcefully silenced by the government. After earning a BFA degree in Santiago, he migrated to ... (read more)

Rodrigo Valenzuela in two-person exhibition at Jenkins Johnson in New York 2.16.18

Lavar Munroe and Rodrigo Valenzuela
Brooklyn, NY
March 3 – April 14, 2018
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Rodrigo Valenzuela in group exhibition at PNCA 2.1.18

Feb 1, 2018 11:00 AM – Apr 14, 2018 6:00 PM
The Center for Contemporary Art & Culture at PNCA is pleased to present NEW FEELINGS.
Public Hours Monday - Saturday // 11:00am - 6:00pm
A transformative Play and Discourse on Photography from a Diasporic Perspective. With the artists: Hassan Hajjaj, Ayana V. Jackson, Admire Kamudzengerere & Rachel Monosov, Mickalene Thomas, and Rodrigo Valenzuela.
Straying from traditions of documentary photography, “New Feelings” focuses on artists exploring staged photography as a ... (read more)

Wendy Vogel reviews Rodrigo Valenzuela’s General Song in ArtReview 12.15.17

Rodrigo Valenzuela General Song
Upfor, Portland 6 September - 14 October
For the Chilean-born artist Rodrigo Valenzuela, physical and artistic labor have always been intertwined. After moving to the United States in 2005, Valenzuela worked for a decade in construction while he developed his artistic practice. These jobs influenced the production of several experimental videos documenting fellow workers: in Maria TV (2014), for instance, Valenzuela combines interview footage of Latinx nannies and maids with sequences in which they perform telenovela monologues, enacting their real-life ... (read more)

Daniel Gerwin reviews It would go on Artforum 12.12.17

Anastasia Douka and Shana Hoehn
Klowden Mann
6023 Washington Blvd
November 18–December 23
In Anastasia Douka and Shana Hoehn’s current two-person show, the past is pulled into the present while the present is pushed into antiquity. In The wife (Oz) 2017 (modified paper cast of “Aspasia” by Mara Karetsou, 1983), 2017, Douka recasts Karetsou’s bust of Pericles’s mistress from a public sculpture in Athens, adorning the figure’s head with a funnel. The work’s understatement pays homage to women ... (read more)

Rodrigo Valenzuela in group exhibition at Henry Art Gallery in Seattle 11.4.17

Henry Art Gallery
Nov 4, 2017 - Mar 25/Apr 22, 2018*

This fall, the Henry celebrates its ninetieth anniversary with the first museum-wide exhibition of the contemporary collection, featuring over fifty artworks by an international roster of artists, in media ranging from video installation to photography and from sculpture to drawing. The artworks included in this exhibition entered the collection within the last twenty years, a period of growth marked by a reaffirmation of the Henry's commitment to holding space for contemporary art ... (read more)

Rodrigo Valenzuela in group exhibition at Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Nebraska 10.6.17

December 7, 2017–February 24, 2018
Monarchs: Brown and Native Contemporary Artists in the Path of the Butterfly takes the migration path of the Monarch butterfly, as a geographic range and a metaphor. The butterfly crosses the border of the United States at its junctions with Canada at the north and Mexico in the south along the entire length of both of these conceptual divides. Bypassing the hotter, desert regions of the country, Monarchs flock along its western and eastern coastal edges, but the ... (read more)

Rodrigo Valenzuela in solo exhibition at Portland Art Museum 10.3.17

Rodrigo Valenzuela
Labor Standards

OCT 21, 2017 – APR 22, 2018

This exhibition in the Jubitz Center for Modern and Contemporary Art features two videos by Rodrigo Valenzuela (born 1982 in Chile, lives and works in Los Angeles). Each explores a specific aspect of labor in the United States today. Prole (2015) follows a group of Spanish-speaking men as they casually move about an empty room discussing the way they work, how they present themselves as laborers, and their views of unionizing. Valenzuela’s newest ... (read more)

Rodrigo Valenzuela in group exhibition at PULSE Miami Beach and Project for Empty Space in Newark 10.3.17

announcing the selections for play miami beach 2017
Following the success of last year’s open call for submissions, PLAY at PULSE Miami Beach 2017 again accepted proposals for video and digital art. Jasmine Wahi and Rebecca Pauline Jampol, Co-Founders and Directors of Project For Empty Space, returned as the curators to adjudicate the open call. The nine finalists selected for PLAY Miami Beach 2017 are listed below. In addition to being shown onsite at PULSE, the works selected for PLAY will be shown ... (read more)

Richard Speer reviews Rodrigo Valenzuela’s General Song on Visual Art Source 9.21.17

Rodrigo Valenzuela
Upfor Gallery, Portland, Oregon
Recommendation by Richard Speer
Continuing through October 14, 2017
Rodrigo Valenzuela’s memorable 2015 exhibition, “Hedonic Reversal,” was a compassionate critique of the “ruin-porn” photography genre, wherein Valenzuela pointedly avoided photographing derelict buildings — opting instead to create stylized ruins in his studio. His strategy is similar in “General Song,” a meditation on borders, barriers, and protest barricades. None are photographed in-situ, all of them were constructed and photographed in his studio. This tactic affords the artist not only ... (read more)

Rodrigo Valenzuela in New American Paintings 9.20.17

EXPO Chicago 2017 Highlights

EXPO Chicago, like many of its art fair counterparts, contains the requisite grabby, show-stoppers we’ve come to expect. However, after the initial lure of the spectacle fades, the eye begins to locate the stronger, more contemplative works emerging from the depths of the exhibitor booths. The works of these six artists are prime examples of pieces that reward a slower viewing, that expand, deepen and reveal more, the longer you look. – Robin Dluzen, Chicago Contributor

Rodrigo Valenzuela at Klowden ... (read more)

Rodrigo Valenzuela in The Stranger 9.18.17

The Mediated Intimacy of Closed Quarters, Curated by Rodrigo Valenzuela
by Emily Pothast

“Have you ever wanted to be an exhibitionist?” asks a man whose entire body is concealed inside a large cardboard box.
“Not in those exact words,” replies a man in a red flannel shirt. “Like, I never thought of it that way, [but] maybe that has something to do with being in front of a camera?”
 The man in the red shirt is Kenneth Tam, a New York-based artist who stages "... (read more)

Rodrigo Valenzuela in The New Yorker 9.12.17

“Where Do We Stand? Two Years of Drawing with Open Sessions”
This lively show is a roll call of sorts, representing the thirty-six participants in the Drawing Center’s most recent residency program. Many of the artists work at the outskirts of drawing. Thessia Machado’s “Pitch & Yaw” is an ongoing mechanical performance: two motors with graphite tips jerk around on wires, covering a sheet of paper with feathery arcs. From afar, Rodrigo Valenzuela’s moody, architectural compositions could be mistaken for charcoal ... (read more)

Rodrigo Valenzuela in Seattle Weekly 7.19.17

Poetic Meditations in an Emergency
Untold Passage considers the expressive, unquantifiable aspects of immigration.
No one leaves home unless home chases you. This line from Warsan Shire’s poem “Home,” on the forced departure of refugees, is what Emily Zimmerman nearly titled her exhibition Untold Passage. She first heard it among protests of the travel ban in January, around the time she started her position as the director of Jacob Lawrence Gallery. During and even before the recent executive order, Shire’s “Home” became ... (read more)

Rodrigo Valenzuela in group exhibition at Aljira in Newark 7.1.17

An Exhibition of International Video Art
July 22 – September 23, 2017
Reception: Saturday, July 22, 2–5pm
Curated by Larry Ossei-Mensah and Dexter Wimberly
COMM | ALT | SHIFT includes the work of 14 contemporary artists who use video to explore the complexities and angst of modern times. The exhibition’s title references keyboard shortcuts or a sequence or combination of keystrokes on a computer that lead to various, yet specified outcomes. COMM | ALT | SHIFT unpacks video as a ubiquitous technology for entertainment, ... (read more)

Rodrigo Valenzuela in group exhibiton at Jacob Lawrence Gallery in Seattle 7.1.17

Untold Passage

July 7 – August 18, 2017
public reception: Friday, July 7, 6–8pm, RSVP now
Jacob Lawrence Gallery
Untold Passage presents the work of artists recovering the unwritten histories of immigrant communities shown alongside the work of contemporary poets representing the unquantifiable aspects of those experiences. It takes up the politics of narrative that structure the representations of our world in words, the interface between visual arts and poetry, and the increased interest in historiography and recuperation of lost narratives.
The exhibition’... (read more)

Rodrigo Valenzuela joins UCLA Department of Art faculty 7.1.17

The UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture is pleased to announce the appointment of artist Rodrigo Valenzuela as assistant professor in the Department Art. Valenzuela’s appointment is effective July 1, 2017.
Born in Chile and based in Los Angeles, Valenzuela is a Los Angeles-based artist working in photography, video, painting, and installation. Using autobiographical threads to inform larger universal fields of experience, his work constructs narratives, scenes, and stories that point to the tensions found between the individual and communities. Much of ... (read more)

Rodrigo Valenzuela in group exhibition at Love Apple Art Space 7.1.17

Love Apple Art Space

Art Work: An Exploration of Labor (July 2-October 1)
Love Apple Farm, in partnership with Art-in-Buildings, is pleased to announce its new exhibition space, the Love Apple Art Space (LAAS), located on the farm at 1421 Route 9H in Ghent, NY, in Columbia County. The new exhibition space is located in the farm’s classic, late 1800s farm house situated on an 80-acre working apple orchard, Love Apple Farm, in the Hudson River Valley. It is located approximately 15 ... (read more)

Rodrigo Valenzuela in group exhibition at Triumph in Chicago 5.17.17

The Dangerous Professors
@ Triumph
2055 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608-4115
Opening Saturday, May 13th, from 6PM - 10PM
The Dangerous Professors, a curatorial project exhibiting over one hundred and fifty artists–educators, acts as a counter-action to the pervasive rightwing impulse whose spirit jeopardizes civil, artistic and academic freedom by calling out, shaming, and harming those it opposes. The exhibition responds by first inviting artists who define themselves as educators to participate, the result of which creates a list of art-educators that can ... (read more)

Rodrigo Valenzuela in group exhibition at Greg Kucera Gallery in Seattle 2.22.17

¡Cuidado! The Help
Paintings, Sculptures and Prints
June 1 - July 17, 2017
Opening reception: First Thursday, June 1, 6-8

Artists concerned with America's strained relationship to its domestic helpers on the home front and menial workers on the business front. Whether Nanny, Gardener, or Caregiver, the American family cannot do without the help of these workers. Many businesses, both large and small, could not survive without their Busboys, Maids, Guards, etc.

This is an historical topic dating back to the first European explorers ... (read more)

Rodrigo Valenzuela in group exhibition at The Drawing Center in New York 2.22.17

Open Sessions 10
Apr 14, 2017 - Jun 11, 2017

The Open Sessions program was created by Lisa Sigal and Nova Benway, Open Sessions Curators, as an opportunity for selected artists to find new approaches for contextualizing and exhibiting their work, through exhibitions, public programs, and conversation. The artists selected for Open Sessions may or may not draw as their primary means of art-making. The two-year program engages musicians, architects, dancers, poets—anyone who is interested in expanding the boundaries of drawing. Open ... (read more)

Rodrigo Valenzuela in group exhibition at Artpace in San Antonio 1.24.17

Did You Ever See Such a Thing as a Drawing of a Muchness?
Spring 2017 Hudson Showroom
Jan 26, 2017 - Apr 30, 2017

About the exhibition
Artists: Harold Mendez, Natasha Bowdoin, and Rodrigo Valenzuela
Curated by Michelle Grabner
The Hudson Showroom—named for the Artpace facility’s former function as a Hudson automobile dealership— features exhibitions that showcase work reflecting the organization’s regional and international scope. Support for the Hudson Showroom exhibition space is generously provided by the Texas Commission on the ... (read more)

Rodrigo Valenzuela in Widewalls 11.4.16

Chilean Artist Rodrigo Valenzuela Opening at Galerie Lisa Kandlhofer
 Amy Lin
Chilean artist Rodrigo Valenzuela has traveled a long way from being an immigrant construction worker struggling to make it in the US, to the prominent artist that he is today. His artworks carry the hallmarks of both his native and his adoptive countries’ cultural heritage. Immigration from Latin American countries to the USA and similar sociopolitical issues represent the main topics in Rodrigo Valenzuela’s artworks. His art pieces powerfully capture the immigrant’... (read more)

Walkthrough of Rodrigo Valenzuela’s Landmark at Galerie Lisa Kandlhofer 10.29.16

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Rodrigo Valenzuela in Phases Magazine 10.4.16

The Hedonic Reversal works capture a complex amalgamation of materials and aesthetic choices. Valenzuela's photographic process is equally complex. Each image is the result of multiple stages of photographing and re-photographing in the artist's studio. In this way, Valenzuela alludes to the passage of time and the forces of production and destruction. The monochromatic photographs of Hedonic Reversal present images of urban decay and ruins that have been created in the artist's studio. By divorcing the imagery from the social conditions that are typically ... (read more)

Rodrigo Valenzuela at Texas Contemporary Art Fair with David Shelton Gallery 9.28.16

David Shelton Gallery
Booth C3 | Houston, TX

4411 Montrose Boulevard, Suite B
Houston, TX 77006
p. 713 393 7319

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Fredric Koeppel reviews Rodrigo Valenzuela’s Frontiers on The Commercial Appeal 9.22.16

The Martha and Robert Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art launch the new exhibition season with a pair of shows that approach two contemporary issues. The first, from Chilean-born, Houston-based artist Rodrigo Valenzuela, is "Frontiers," and the concerns are borders and fences, alien landscapes, exile and the hunger for work and prosperity. The second, "Infoxication," deals with notions of information overload and the pervasive nature of audio and visual technology and social media in contemporary culture. The artist is Ruben Garnica, a recent bachelor of ... (read more)

Rodrigo Valenzuela solo exhibition at Galerie Lisa Kandlhofer in Vienna 8.27.16

Rodrigo Valenzuela
October 24 - December 10, 2016
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Rodrigo Valenzuela in solo exhibition at Fogelman Gallery of Contemporary Art in Memphis 8.17.16

August 26 – October 14
Artist Lecture: August 25, 7 pm (ACB 310)
Opening Reception: August 26, 5-7:30 pm
Rodrigo Valenzuela: Frontiers features the work of the Chilean-born, Houston-based artist Rodrigo Valenzuela. The exhibition marks the artist's foray into painting, building off of earlier photographic work for which he is known, and also includes two video works that address issues of labor and migration. The notion of the frontier, long mythologized in United States through the doctrine of Manifest Destiny, transcends into more nebulous, ... (read more)

Rodrigo Valenzuela at the Seattle Art Fair with Upfor Gallery 7.14.16

August 4 – 7, 2016
Centurylink Field Event Center, Seattle, WA
Upfor returns to the Seattle Art Fair, which was founded last year by Paul G. Allen to showcase the vibrant culture and diversity of the Pacific Northwest. Seattle Art Fair is a destination for new and established collectors and art patrons. It features local, regional, and international art galleries presenting modern and contemporary art. Find Upfor in booth B9 with works by Christopher Russell, Heidi Schwegler and Rodrigo Valenzuela. Brenna Murphy's project at the ... (read more)

Rodrigo Valenzuela’s curated exhibition at Upfor reviewed in Visual Art Source 7.8.16

Upfor Gallery, Portland, Oregon
Review by Jennifer Rabin
Subduction, curated by Rodrigo Valenzuela, features works by artists Sharon Koelblinger, Harold Mendez and Ronny Quevedo. The title of the exhibition operates as a metaphor for the works presented: "subduction" is the geological process of pressure over time in the natural production of diamonds from carbon. The works are a manifestation of the labor and background of each artist. Through excesses of labor, they transform their source imagery, highlighting the materiality of their ... (read more)

Rodrigo Valenzuela in group exhibition at the Center for Architecture and Design in Seattle 7.7.16

BOOM: Changing Seattle

July 7 – August 27

BOOM: Changing Seattle is a tribute to places lost, preserved and desired during moments of rapid development and growth in Seattle. This multidisciplinary exhibition incorporates archival and recent photos, documents, and contemporary art to position history and memory as integral to innovation.
BOOM locates Seattle’s contemporary technology industry and expansion of real estate development within the continuum of change, tracing back to settler-colonialism and gold rush era frontierism in the Pacific Northwest. Four rapidly changing Seattle ... (read more)

Alicia Eler reviews Rodrigo Valenzuela’s Sin Héroes in CraveOnline 6.11.16

In Review | Rodrigo Valenzuela and the Ruins of Future Past
The Seattle-based artist asks what labor really means in art and work.

Rodrigo Valenzuela traverses futuristic ruins in his solo exhibition, Sin Héroes. Even though his work appears to be from “the future,” there’s another conversation happening here about the labor needed to make art. In this way, the working mentality of the middle class and working class dominate the underpinnings of his constructed spaces.
In the front gallery, viewers find an ... (read more)

Rodrigo Valenzuela in group exhibition at Asya Geisberg Gallery in New York 6.6.16

Lauren Clay, Ricardo Gonzalez, Anna Mikhailovskaia, Rachel Stern, Tracy Thomason, Rodrigo Valenzuela
July 14 – August 19, 2016
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Rodrigo Valenzuela curated group show at Upfor gallery 6.2.16

June 2 – July 9, 2016
First Thursday art walk June 2, 6:00 to 8:00pm
Subduction, curated by Rodrigo Valenzuela, features works by artists Sharon Koelblinger, Harold Mendez and Ronny Quevedo. The title of the exhibition operates as a metaphor for the works presented: "subduction" is the geological process of pressure over time in the natural production of diamonds from carbon. The works are a manifestation of the labor and background of each artist. Through excesses of labor, they transform ... (read more)

Sharon Mizota reviews Rodrogo Valenzuela’s Sin Héroes in The Los Angeles Times 5.26.16

Rodrigo Valenzuela’s exhibition at Klowden Mann proceeds in two directions. The first is represented by a suite of black-and-white photographs of tableaux constructed in the studio. The second appears in a video intertwining the stories of Latina immigrants to the U.S. with telenovela dialogue. In some ways, both are portraits of disappointment.

Rodrigo Valenzuela'a "Animita No. 2," 2016, archival inkjet print mounted on Dibond, 44-7/8 inches by 30-3/4 inches (framed). (Lee Thompson / Rodrigo Valenzuela / Klowden Mann)
The photographs, printed in ... (read more)

Rodrigo Valenzuela in group exhibition at Glassel School of Art in Houston 4.21.16

2016 Core Exhibition
Apr 21, 2016 - May 26, 2016

Beck Building, Ground Floor
5601 Main Street

About the exhibition
Each year, the acclaimed Core Program at the Glassell School of Art awards residencies to artists and critical writers, culminating in the spring with an exhibition and yearbook. The 2016 Core Exhibition is on display in the Audrey Jones Beck Building at the MFAH while the new facility for the Glassell School of Art, designed by Steven Holl Architects, is under construction.
The 2016 ... (read more)

Rodrigo Valenzuela in The Stranger 4.5.16

Rodrigo Valenzuela Goes Looking for American Heroes But Doesn't Find Any
by: Jen Graves
Someone asked me the other day where Rodrigo Valenzuela has gone. He is still based partly in Seattle, so he appears here and there like a figment, but he's mostly been in Houston, where this spring he finishes his time as a CORE Fellow at the Museum of Fine Arts.
Right now he's got a solo exhibition at David Shelton Gallery in Houston based on his disappointment in American monuments ... (read more)

Rodrigo Valenzuela in group exhibition at Wave Hill in New York 3.31.16

Please join us to meet the artists featured in Wave Hill’s spring exhibitions. In Glyndor Gallery, (Not So) Still Life presents novel ways that contemporary artists are transforming the still life genre to engage with current culture. As a subject, the still life has remained popular since the early Renaissance, featuring compositions of natural and inanimate objects often presented with allegorical connotations. Today, artists are creating new variations by working in photography and sculpture to conflate interior space with landscape, or by using ... (read more)

Rodrigo Valenzuela in group exhibition at The Franklin in Chicago 3.31.16

Screened in concert with transmissions: algoritmos, polyrhythms, karuaqmi puririnay at The Franklin, La Vista: mamihlapinatapai is a video art program concerned with the vibrant encounter between the beholder and what is looked upon. The video is testimony of a meeting between the camera and its subject, wherein zoetic force inevitably manifests through the reciprocation of the gaze. The exchange is rooted in recognition and an inability to communicate properly, thus this paradoz becomes a playful pas de deux, an attempt to say what is ... (read more)

Rodrigo Valenzuela in solo exhibition at David Shelton Gallery in Houston 3.18.16

Rodrigo Valenzuela
Sin Héroes
Friday March 18 - Saturday April 16, 2016
Opening Reception Friday, March 18, 6-8pm

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Rodrigo Valenzuela interviewed in Free Press Houston 3.18.16

Prior to the opening of Rodrigo Valenzuela‘s exhibition, “Sin Héroes,” at David Shelton Gallery on Friday, I had the chance to speak with the Chilean-born photographic and sculptural artist while he installed his works at the gallery. Currently serving as a CORE Fellow at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Valenzuela has a busy schedule this year with at least five solo exhibitions planned for 2016 already.
FPH: Can you tell me about the ... (read more)

Rodrigo Valenzuela in Artforum 2.28.16

The photographic works in Rodrigo Valenzuela’s “Hedonic Reversal” (all works 2014) depict ruins, or representations of ruins, which have been constructed from stark white elements—lath, chalk, a crumbling material that might be drywall or polystyrene—and set against a saturated black background. They have the air of abandoned infrastructure projects, neglected social housing, or generic buildings that become visible only as they decay. The destruction seems to be ongoing. They are broken, disintegrating into white dust, worn away altogether, leaving only lines ... (read more)

Rodrigo Valenzuela in The Boston Globe 2.28.16

Crumbled vistas, important questions in ‘Hedonic Reversal’
By Cate McQuaid Globe Correspondent  February 16, 2016
Rodrigo Valenzuela’s photographs invite viewers into deliciously confounding spaces. Trouble is, his content can get lost in all that formal complexity. Valenzuela’s series of black-and-white photos, “Hedonic Reversal,” at Steven Zevitas Gallery, consider wealth, poverty, societal decay, and architectural ruins.
The photos are complete fictions. Valenzuela builds structures in his studio out of plaster and wood, then he tears them down. The crumbled models may recall a ... (read more)