OFELIA RODRIGUEZ: Gazing At The World While Hanging From The Sky

by shartadvisor

RETROSPECTIVE

10 July – 26 July, 2013

Consulate General of Colombia, London

‘My interest is in creating, within my given space, a visual world of colour … abandoning traditional modes of representation and contrasting abstract forms with the cutting, the pasting and the stitching of real-life forms. For me, art is the most intimate expression of the totality that I have lived.’

Ofelia Rodriguez

The Embassy and the Consulate General of Colombia are delighted to host a retrospective exhibition of work by the renowned Colombian artist, OFELIA RODRIGUEZ. This retrospective is curated and inspired by Sandra Higgins, a long-time friend and dealer for artist.

Ofelia Rodriguez, Attacking an Injured Heart (Al ataque de un corazón herido), mixed media, 116 x 91cms, 2008

Ofelia Rodriguez, Attacking an Injured Heart (Al ataque de un corazón herido), mixed media, 116 x 91cms, 2008

The exhibition brings together a selection of paintings, prints, etchings and sculpture – the artist’s signature ‘magic boxes’ – which span across her career, and map the development of the key features of her work. Rodriguez has created a visual language all her own, with idiosyncratic motifs that are immediately recognisable: alligators, pelicans, horns, dolls, and elements of her own body such as her hands, eyes, and tongue. A fusion of magical realism, Latin Pop and kitsch art: Rodriguez incorporates snippets from Latin American folklore with surreal assemblages of found and ready-made objects, all brought together with the vivid use of tropical Caribbean colours.

Ofelia Rodriguez, Gazing at the World While Hanging from the Sky (Contemplando al Mundo MientrasCuelga Del Cielo), mixed media, 104 x 142cm, 2009

Ofelia Rodriguez, Gazing at the World While Hanging from the Sky (Contemplando al Mundo MientrasCuelga Del Cielo), mixed media, 104 x 142cm, 2009

A Barranquilla native, Ofelia Rodriguez received her BA from the University of the Andes in Bogota before completing a Master’s degree at Yale University in the United States. Her artistic career then took off in Paris, with shows at the Grand Palais and the Centre Culturel Jacques Prévert. During this early period, and shortly after her move to London, Rodriguez was also exhibited at Sandra Higgins’ Mayfair gallery and – more recently – launched Higgins’ new series of salon shows at her Chelsea-based Gallery Petit.

Ofelia Rodriguez, Magic Box with Banker Pondering whether to turn Cowboy, mixed media, 38 x 22 cm, 2006

Ofelia Rodriguez, Magic Box with Banker Pondering whether to turn Cowboy, mixed media, 38 x 22 cm, 2006

Rodriguez received an award at the 31st Salón Nacional de Artistas – Colombia’s most prestigious art prize – and has also taken part in the 20th Sao Paolo Biennale, the 5th Havana Biennale and the 2nd Biennale of Santo Domingo. In addition, the artist has been featured in several important publications which include 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die (edited by Stephen Farthing and J V Ivans), Beyond the Fantastic: Contemporary Art Criticism from Latin America (edited by Gerardo Mosquera) as well as Latin American Art of the 20th Century, and Art Today (both edited by Edward Lucie-Smith).

Ofelia Rodriguez, Dead Landscape in Midair (Naturaleza muerta en el aire), mixed media, 170 x 110cms, 1989

Ofelia Rodriguez, Dead Landscape in Midair (Naturaleza muerta en el aire), mixed media, 170 x 110 cm, 1989

Throughout her career her work has travelled to exhibitions in cities such as Paris, London, New York, Berlin, Monaco, Maastricht, Besançon, Manchester, Miami and Monterrey – as well as recent exhibitions within Colombia in Bogotà,Santa Marta and Cartagena de Indias. Gazing At The World While Hanging From The Sky: A Retrospective follows this series of recent exhibitions organised in tribute to the artist, and marks the zenith of a long and glorious career. This show is an invitation to delve into her imaginary and fantastic Caribbean world, where myths, legends and popular traditions intertwine with daily life. The result is art that is at times a poetic, albeit critical look at the world, combined with an undercurrent of dark humour and irony lurking between the lines.

Ofelia and Sandra HIggins, Ofelia's dealer in London and long-time friend

Ofelia and Sandra HIggins, Ofelia’s dealer in London and long-time friend

Location: Consulate General of Colombia, Westcott House, Portland Place, London W1B 1AE

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 1:30pm, or by appointment

For more information about the exhibition, please contact Sandra Higgins at sandra@sandrahiggins.com 

 

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