American as Apple Pie - Art by Richard Rodriguez
Friday, October 2, 2009
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Marbles Yoga Studio and Gallery
1905 Park Avenue
Saint Louis, MO
Richard Rodriguez approaches art from a political point of view. Apple Pie takes Americas love of guns and turns it on its head, capturing that sudden violent flash as a beautiful instant on canvas. In that instant he creates a collage of fractals and Mandelbrot sets, resembling views from the Hubble or the trails left by the remains of smashed atoms in a super collider. Scientists search for the glue of the universe, by looking back in time and pulverizing matter. As we hurdle through the blackness of the universe, he seeks to capture this elusive moment in time.
These objects were created by suspending paint filled balloons in front of stretched and prepared canvas. Tissue paper, foil, and markers were used in addition to acrylics. He then fired a variety of weapons at the balloon/canvas suspension.
Richard Rodriguez is a Mexican-American artist born in 1958 in St. Louis, Missouri. He graduated from Harris Teachers College and worked at Gateway Institute of Technology for many years. As the 2008 presidential election approached, Rodriguez captured this important American history moment in time by creating enormous Obama op art banner paintings each one unique hanging on the Royale, shown at Marbles and at various campaign offices.
Steven Smith of the Royale will be mixing FREE drinks and FREE beer on the opening reception.
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