Rodrigo Valenzuela in solo exhibition at Feature Hudson Foundation in New York 11.10.17

Rodrigo Valenzuela
General Song
November 3 – January 28, 2018

The Feature Hudson Foundation is pleased to present solo exhibitions by Rodrigo Valenzuela and Richard Bloes.

3 November 2017 – 28 January 2018 . opening 3 November 6-8 pm
Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 12 to 6pm

north gallery .
In General Song, Rodrigo Valenzuela reimagines images of the barricade for a new series of black and white photographs. Drawing on personal experience and history in his native Chile, as well as research about other countries such as Ukraine and Venezuela, the artist focuses on simple structures that people build in times of oppression as expressions of civil disobedience. The exhibition also draws on Valenzuela’s longtime interest in poetic resistance, specifically Pablo Neruda’s Canto General, an encyclopedic poetic history of the New World told from a Latin American perspective.
Although Valenzuela’s projects center on ideas of social justice and equity, his approach is always oblique and metaphorical, with equal attention given to formal concerns. Adapting a process developed for his 2015 exhibition at the Frye Art Museum, the artist staged barricades in his studio, then photographed and rephotographed the constructions. Negative reversal and small digital interventions further confound viewers’ perception of space and form.

Recently appointed to the Department of Art faculty at UCLA, Rodrigo Valenzuela (b. 1982, Santiago, Chile) completed an art history degree at the University of Chile (2004), then worked in construction while making art over his first decade in the United States, completing an MFA at University of Washington in 2012. Valenzuela’s many residencies include a Core Fellowship at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; Skowhegan School, Maine; Bemis Center, Nebraska; and the Center for Photography at Woodstock, New York, among others. Notable solo exhibitions include the Frye Art Museum, Seattle; Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Santiago; Upfor, Portland,OR; Klowden Mann, Los Angeles,CA and Lisa Kandlhofer, Vienna, Austria. Valenzuela was in Open Sessions 10 at The Drawing Center, New York and his film The Unwaged premiers at the Portland Art Museum (Oregon) in fall of 2017.

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