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Rodrigo Valenzuela

(Not So) Still Life 
Glyndor Gallery | April 5–July 4 

Rodrigo Valenzuela, Still Life No. 4, 2014, archival pigment print and artist-made frame, 43 ½” x 43 ½”. Courtesy of the artist and Upfor Gallery, Portland, OR

Photographs from Rodrigo Valenzuela’s Still Life series explore the way that images, such as landscapes and tableaux, are inhabited and how space, objects and the natural world are translated into images. The places depicted feel at once familiar yet distant, and appear both in and out of place, challenging the viewer to make sense of how the landscape and pictorial space are formed and situated. To complicate the process, Valenzuela’s work often involves layering objects—in this case cut branches, lumber and wooden chairs—on top of the photographic scene and then re-photographing the new compositions. Gestures of alienation and displacement are evoked by the environmental
simulacrum. Ultimately, this work is a conflation of photographic records, representational objects and collective, as well as personal, memory.

Valenzuela’s recent work, which combines landscape and still life, has been shown in solo exhibitions at David Shelton Gallery, Houston, TX; Steven Zevitas Gallery, Boston, MA; envoy enterprises, New York, NY; Upfor Gallery, Portland, OR; and Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA. His works are in the public collections of the Tacoma Art Museum; Frye Art Museum; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX. Valenzuela received an MFA from the University of Washington, a BA from Evergreen State College, and a BFA from the University of Chile, Santiago.

The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.; Michael J. Shannon; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; The Pollock-Krasner Foundation; The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation; and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.