FIRST ESSAY, OMAR RODRIGUEZ-GRAHAM
FEB 10 – MAR 20, 2022
Omar Rodríguez-Graham’s recent work, proposes a close dialogue between the history of art and contemporary methods of production through painting, drawing and sculpture. Within his canvases, an explicit interest for pictorial elements such as form. and color is perceived; Manipulated as a semi-digital language. Working regularly with paradigmatic artworks, Rodriguez-Graham appropriates and intervenes themes and motifs that have given shape to the global artistic tradition.
For his solo exhibition, First Essay, the artist has decided to pursue a collaborative approach where which the language generated within his paintings overflow into other disciplines. In this case, dance and fashion, organic extend his practice eliminating the staticity found within the two-dimensional format of painting. For Rodríguez-Graham, the work presented manifests itself as a space that captures and enthralls the viewer; A Total Artwork that through the addition of sounds and the movement of bodies, endows the viewer with an amplified sense of weight and concreteness. FIRST ESSAY, e an artistic collaboration in which a score of his own authorship develops constructive ideas found within his painting. Ideas that are simultaneously explored by the designer Guillermo Vargas (1/8 Takamura) and the choreographer Diego Vega, from their own respective creative practices. It is within this space that Painting is expanded into a system that emerges from shared elements such as color, shape, meter, time, transition, movement and rhythm, with the intent of extracting itself from its spatial, two-dimensional and temporal limitations.
As part of Arróniz’s activities for Zona MACO 2022, and due to the recent sanitary conditions, the exhibition will open to the public in February during Mexico City’s Art Week, and public performances will be held under strict limits of attendance. Rodriguez-Graham received his BA from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey, and an MFA from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has received the FONCA Jóvenes Creadores and Sistema Nacional de Creadores grants. Among the residencies that he has attended The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, The Banff Center & Fondazione MACC residencies, stand out.
OMAR RODRÍGUEZ GRAHAM + STUDIO
Studio Manager: Romeo Mijangos Cavero
Production managers: Mariana Paniagua Cortés, Fernando Álvarez Robledo
Claudia Anahí Juárez Suárez
Oscar Damián Ramírez Crail
Augusto castellanos Jiménez
Omar Alejandro Ruiz Avilez
Paulina Hernández Franco
Ana Beatriz parra Solis
Laura diana Romero Jimenez
Pavel Elvira calderón
Choreography: Diego Vega Solorza
Carla Patricia Segovia Flores
Yansi Méndez Bautista
Ismael Tonatihu Saguilan Acevedo
Sergio Ulises Vázquez Contreras
Movement advisors: Diego Vértiz, Carla Patricia Segovia Flores, Sergio Ulises Vázquez Contreras.
Choreography Assistants: Juan Carlos Estrada de la Cruz (Shocker).
Design: Memo Vargas
Studio manager: Luis Gómez
Seamsetresses: Carmen Cruz, Teresa Segovia y Patricia Ochoa.
Assitants: Isabel Pomposo, Montserrat Garza y Gustavo Alcocer.
Composition: Omar Rodriguez-Graham
Review, instrumentation and transcription: Eduardo Trillo Becerra
Musical direction and violin: Pearce Littler
Viola I: Isela Amacalli del Ángel
Viola II: Emma Gabriela Pérez Ramírez
Violoncello: Heather Seavey Brumund
Double bass: Jesús Rodríguez Cervantes
Musical direction support: Enrique Galván Ramírez
We Make Bang
Gerry Ponce de León
Leandro Gabriel Forti
Morgana Ludlow, Gustavo Arróniz, Ana Hop, Jorge Ballina, Marcelino Pérez, Hernán Cortes, Valeria Mieres, Juan Pablo De la Torre, Leticia Arróniz, Beto Adame, Diego Durazo, Pepe Islas, Archipiélago, Roberto Velázquez, Arte Abierto.