The Martha and Robert Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art / 3715 Central Ave., Art & Communication Bldg. Rooms 230 & 240 August 26, 2016 - October 14, 2016

Rodrigo Valenzuela

"Rodrigo Valenzuela: Frontiers" is a solo exhibition featuring the work of Houston-based artist Rodrigo Valenzuela (b. 1982, Santiago, Chile). The exhibition marks the artist's foray into painting, building off of earlier photographic work for which he is known, and also includes two video works that address issues of labor and migration.The notion of the frontier, long mythologized in the United States through the doctrine of Manifest Destiny, transcends into more nebulous, global territory in this exhibition. Venturing into uncharted lands in search of something greater is a thrilling yet alienating experience. Inherent to this journey is the role of labor and construction in the broadest sense—the way we fabricate dreams of a better future to the very real work required to get there.

Valenzuela will give a public lecture on Thursday, August 25 at 7 pm in Room 310 in the Art and Communications Building, located at 3715 Central Avenue.