Rodrigo Valenzuela's Flatlands commissioned for ALL RISE
Rodrigo Valenzuela, Flatlands
Flatlands, a commissioned temporary project installed on four, 8 x 12 x 4 foot plinths at Denny Way, brings Valenzuela’s “Still Life” series to a public scale,
The work is an anonymous, grid-constructed landscape, as Valenzuela describes: “images that feel at the same time familiar yet distant.” It depicts a scene that invites (and also insinuates- in the unease of invisible construction) the human player into the frame. Viewers are encouraged to photograph themselves with the work. As the project develops, Valenzuela will gather both self-documented and crowd-sourced images, some of which he will reinstall on the same site—building a progressive narrative that is often found in his practice. See “Here.” Says Valenzuela:
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. I explore the way an image is inhabited, and the way that spaces and people are translated into images.
Flatlands will degrade with exposure in this public setting – a process that is embraced by the artist within the context of a changing site and neighborhood.
Seattle-based Rodrigo Valenzuela was this year honored with a 2014 Core Program Fellowship and Residency with the Museum of Fine Art Houston. In 2013, he received a Skowhegan residency. He holds an MFA in photomedia from The University of Washington, a BA Philosophy from The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA, and a BFA in Photography from The University of Chile, Santiago, Chile, where he was born. In 2013 he completed a campus-wide project for the University of California, Strangers in a Strange Land: The Coyote Project, in collaboration with Anastasia Hill. Valenzuela is represented by Bryan Ohno Gallery, Seattle, and Upfor Gallery, Portland.
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