Rodrigo Valenzuela: General Song

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Wednesday, 6 September 2017 to Saturday, 14 October 2017
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Thursday, 7 September 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm

General Song, Rodrigo Valenzuela's second solo exhibition at Upfor, abstracts and adapts images of the barricade. Drawing on his longtime interest in poetic resistance and research in Chile, Ukraine, Venezuela and other countries, the artist focuses on simple physical structures that people build in times of oppression as a means to explore civil disobedience. Valenzuela’s work is often rooted in the contradictory traditions of documentary and fiction, frequently involving narratives around immigration and the working class.

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Rodrigo Valenzuela completed an art history degree at the University of Chile, then worked in construction while making art over his first decade in the United States, completing an MFA at University of Washington in 2012. His work is included in the permanent collections of the Frye Art Museum, Seattle; Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz; Dimensional Fund Advisors and the Microsoft Collection, among others. Valenzuela, previously based in Seattle and Houston, was recently appointed to the Department of Art faculty at the University of California, Los Angeles. More about this artist.

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