The President’s Gallery,
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, proudly presents the exhibition
from July 2, 2015 – July 31, 2015
Thursday, July 2, 2015,
from 5:30-7:30 PM
The President’s Gallery at John Jay College is pleased to announce the opening of Omen, an exhibition of recent work by Rodrigo Imaz.
Rodrigo Imaz’s film, paintings, and drawings confront some of life’s most complex emotions and political realities and present them in a manner that is disarming, honest, and full of humor. His ability to look greed, loneliness, environmental destruction, and/or political corruption (among many other cruel realities of life) head on, and morph it in to a work of art that is endearing and subtle, reveals a deft sleight of hand. Imaz makes work that appeals to the heart and mind with wit, historical resonance, criticality, and the urgency of an activist.
For his residency at John Jay College, Imaz uses trash as a means to analyze the economic structure and social relations of a place from bottom to top. This reveals a much different relationship between a community and goods than the more traditional top down approach. Imaz positions himself as a future historian, his work looks back on our present and asks what stories it will tell to the cultures that come after ours. Official histories are written by the powerful, but the garbage, waste, and forgotten items Imaz collects tell the street-level history of the city.
Visual Arts studies at the National School of Arts (UNAM) and Master in Artistic Production at the Polytechnic University of Valencia, both graduated with honors. Benefactor through the National Fund for Culture and the Arts for the scholarship program for Study Abroad and twice with the grant Artistic Residency Program (FONCA). Also received a grant from the Jumex Foundation for postgraduate studies. He received Honorable Mention in the Youth Award 2011 (INJUVE). Development Grant from the Film Fund (IMCINE) for the documentary project Juan Perros 2014. He has produced 10 solo shows and several group exhibitions in Mexico, USA, Argentina, Spain, Italy, Holland, Belgium, Germany Poland, Chile and Colombia. Residency programs: International Studio and Curatorial Program in New York (2010), Art Omi New York (2014), Flux Factory New York and Residency Unlimited New York (2014).
In 2015 he will be a part of the project “The Future is Unwriten” at Palazzo Cini, 56th Venice Biennale.
For more information please contact:
Director, The Anya and Andrew Shiva Gallery
John Jay College
11th Avenue and 59th Street
New York, NY 10019
Gallery Hours: 9 – 5 PM, M – F, or by appointment