Roswell Artist-in-Residence: Manuel Rodríguez-Delgado
Manuel Alejandro Rodríguez-Delgado: Space Jammer
October 9 – December 20, 2020 Entry Gallery
Manuel Alejandro Rodríguez-Delgado’s work is concerned with the overlap between the technological landscape and built imaginary environments. Through his experimental sculpture-based practice he assumes the role of an artist-inventor who produces objects of an improvised nature. Rodríguez-Delgado’s work investigates the ways these objects can be deployed as frameworks for speculative cultural identities and belief systems, and how they behave (or could behave) as units of cultural production. His most recent body of work is concerned with the complexities of space, specifically with plausible representations of placeness in an historical, fictional, and supernatural context.
Manuel A. Rodriguez-Delgado was born in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. The son of a master woodworker, he was exposed at an early age to the Catholic saint carving traditions of the island. He obtained his BFA at the Escuela de Artes Plásticas in San Juan, PR. In 2011 he was the recipient of the two main artist awards offered in Puerto Rico: the Lexus Grant for Artists and the Oriental Bank Group prize for an emerging artists. These awards enabled him to pursue his MFA degree in sculpture at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. As an MFA candidate he was the recipient of the Le Roy Nieman Foundation Fellowship. Rodriguez’s work has been shown in numerous venues, most notably the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan; Sullivan Galleries, Chicago; The Gallery of the University of Sagrado Corazón, San Juan; and B_Space, Los Angeles.
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Image: Manuel Alejandro Rodríguez-Delgado, Vaquero de Flores Salvajes (WildFlower Cowboy), 2020, plywood, steel, plexiglass, Roswell soil, dried wildflowers, vegetal matter, mirror shards, LCD screen, single channel video, various electronics, 39” x 26” x 34”. Courtesy of the Artist.