Curated by Eric Murphy
September 4 - October 6, 2012
Artists' Reception: Friday, September 7, 6-8pm
2 x 2 Solos is a series of solo exhibitions featuring new work commissioned from four accomplished emerging artists based in the Oakland/Bay Area. The program recognizes artistic excellence and supports the freedom to create challenging and noncommercial work.
In this commissioned series of drawings 'Postcards 3/11,' Lordy Rodriguez responds to marine trash islands in the Pacific Ocean caused by the debris from recent earthquakes and tsunamis. As American scientists attempt to track the course of this debris with concerns for its arrival on our coastline, Rodriguez's pen and ink drawings offer abstracted snapshots of the branded products churning together as the result of natural disaster and human negligence.
About the Artist: Lordy Rodriguez was born in Quezon City, Manila, Philippines and moved to the United States at an early age. He received a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York and an MFA from Stanford University. Having exhibited widely across the US and abroad, Rodriguez's work is included the collections of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts and Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. 2 x 2 Solos is the Hayward-based artist's first solo exhibition in the East Bay.
About the Curator: Eric Murphy is a photographer and independent curator, who has been supporting Oakland art organizations since 1999. He is Gallery Director of the Joyce Gordon Gallery and Project Manager for the Oakland-Fukuoka Artist Exchange, a traveling exhibition of works by Oakland artist James Gayles and Fukuoka artist Hiroko To.
Image: Lordy Rodriguez, Coca Cola China, 2012. Courtesy of the Artist and Hosfelt Gallery
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2 x 2 Solos:
2 x 2 Solos provides a platform for cutting-edge, risk-taking art and situates artists in a critical contemporary art context. Supported, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts, California Arts Council, and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, 2 x 2 Solos engages multiple layers of the region's arts ecology by providing institutional and monetary support for artists, curators, and writers in the Oakland/Bay Area. Participation in the program is based on nomination by the top arts professionals in the Oakland / Greater Bay Area. From over 100 nominations, 4 artists are selected based on review by a curatorial panel and studio visits with independent curators.