(San Miguel de Allende; Decmber 2, 2011)
A young Luis Carlos Rodríguez chose a professional name and has spent his career proving himself wrong. “El pinche grabador”, this chosen name implies that the grabador (etcher) is pinche (lousy) but it doesn’t take more than even the briefest encounter with his work for even the most untrained eye to realize just what an ironic name the young artist has chosen for himself. There is nothing “pinche” about the “pinche grabador” and that is the beautiful irony you are invited to witness in his show “Sentido Regenerativo” (Regenerative Sense) that opens this Friday, December 2 at Polyglot Gallery at the Fabrica La Aurora.
A career artist for over a decade, the young Rodriguez formally graduated from the Universidad de Guanajuato in 2005 with a degree in etching. The etchings that Rodríguez produces have spanned the gamut of commercial to exquisite. One day he will be drawing a cartoonlike portrait of a famous Mexican luchador or of the iconographic Virgin of Guadalupe and the next day from his copper plate and stylus, a deeply personal, inspired abstraction will come forth from either the happiness or the pain that accompanies all life.
Rodríguez’ most recent work feels as if the artist is carving out bones of some created entity, digging deep in the dimensional potential that the plate, or in the case of most of the pieces in this show – woodblock, offers to extract the life that he unabashedly wishes to create. Taping into the training he received while studying with the Japanese etching master, Keisei Kobayashi, Rodriguez uses the inate life of the wood, its subtle textures to become an integral pictoral part of his creations. Inspired by a recent encounter with the term agamogenesis (cellular asexual reproduction) Rodríguez’ became intrigued by this basic concept for existence – the desire for all living things to reproduce (even without a partner). The beautifully intricate prints of what appears to be of some multi-cellular organism he has dreamed up are reminiscent of biology book illustrations from the 1700s, however, Rodríguez creations are entirely his own. The beautifully twisted figures seem to be growing out of the paper as they might under a microscope. The level of intricacy and the depth he creates is truly astonishing and his choice to apply collage in each composition really gives the etchings a contemporary feel.
The public is invited to see the work and meet the artist, Luis Carlos Rodríguez, on Friday, December 2 from 5 to 7 PM. The show is open to the public until January 4, 2012 at which time the public is invited out for a small closing ceremony at noon and for a demonstration of the technique of wood etching.