Rodrigo Valenzuela

From New Land Series



Acrílico y tóner sobre lienzo / Acrylic and toner on canvas

123 x 147 cm / 48.5 x 58 in


Rodrigo Valenzuela

Acrílico, tóner y pastel sobre lienzo / Acrylic, toner and pastel on canvas

90 x 108 cm / 35.5 x 42.5

I construct narratives, scenes, and stories which point to the tensions found between the individual and communities. I utilize autobiographical threads to inform larger universal fields of experience. Gestures of alienation and displacement are both the aesthetic and subject of much of my work. Often using landscapes and tableaus with day laborers or myself, I explore the way an image is inhabited, and the way that spaces, objects and people are translated into images. My work serves as an expressive and intimate point of contact between the broader realms of subjectivity and political contingency. Through my videos and photographs, I make images that feel at the same time familiar yet distant. I engage the viewer in questions concerning the ways in which the formation and experience of each work is situated—how they exist in and out of place.

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Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Oregon, USA

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