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Exhibitions presents its first solo show by Daniel Rios
Rodriguez, featuring all new paintings and drawings
in his signature intimate, autobiographical style. The exhibition
opens on Friday, January 29, 5 to 8pm and runs through
March 12, 2016.
Evolving beyond the momento mori skulls, vanitas objects, and
figures—including images of his family— from his
prior works, Rodriguez is now focusing on the natural landscape
and the flotsam he finds within it.
Every bit as personal as his previous work, it’s also
hyper-local. Rodriguez collects pieces of snake skin, t-shirt
fabric, small shells and bits of wood from around the San Antonio
River where he lives in South Texas, and collages them onto
his paintings and frames. Dirt and stains are left in place,
and thick layers of paint are often incised with graphic mark
making. Frames are burnt, stapled or smashed, and the work’s
overall grittiness and rough edges reflect Rodriguez’
experiences in the last year.
Rodriguez has been pursuing a singular vision from the start.
Influenced by self-taught and folk artists as much as Picasso
and Frida Kahlo, each work on view is an important phrase in
the development of his unique visual vocabulary. Entropy and
pathos are present, but they’re tempered by freedom and
optimism. More then anything, this new body of work represents
the growth that comes as a byproduct of survival.
Daniel Rios Rodriguez (b. Killeen, TX 1978)
has had solo shows at White Columns and Sargent’s Daughters,
both in New York and at the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio.
He’s been included in exhibitions at Wilkinson Gallery
in London, Roberts & Tilton Gallery in Los Angeles, Horton
Gallery in Berlin, James Harris Gallery in Seattle, among several
others. He is a 2013 recipient of a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation
Award and his work has been discussed in Frieze and the Los
Angeles Times. Daniel Rios Rodriguez lives and works in San