This week, I'm headed down to Miami Beach for Art Basel and some of the other art fairs (Scope, Pulse), and other events that are happening around the city. The trip has given me a good reason to set up a website for my gallery work, something I've been wanting to do for a while as a way to organize all the various projects I work on. My illustration and design projects will continue to be at edelrodriguez.com. Please check out the new site dedicated to my paintings and gallery installations here: www.edelr.com.
Thanks to Zimm at Buglogic for setting up the web technology and to my studio assistant, Franzisca Barczyk, for designing the site. I'll be adding more work in the coming year. I'm looking forward to spending some time in the warm Miami weather and seeing my family again. I grew up in Miami and it's always great to go back. While down there I'm also planning on doing interviews with family for a book I'm putting together.
I thought I'd do a post about some of the paintings I've worked on this year and show some of the process of how they come together. I generally work directly on the canvas without a sketch or underdrawing. I start painting and see where the process takes me from there. Below are photos from the studio, work in progress, and the gallery installations:
These are some sculptures I've worked on this year, they were shown in exhibits in L.A. and Dallas. I thought I'd show some of the process of how they come together. Ideas for sculptures happen in a number of different ways for me. Sometimes I jot down a quick thought and work out the composition as I start building, other times the sculptures happen when I start putting the pieces together on site. Below are some of the quick sketches and the final sculptures which give an idea of how things change along the way.
"Cubitos", sugar cubes, plaster, cigar box, ribbon, 9" x 10"
"The Glory", wood, thorns, ribbon, baseball, 10" x 74" x 2"
"Still Life", cotton, coconut, wood, thorns, 6" x 10"
"Toro", hand-carved, painted tree limbs, cigar box, 13" x 12" x 2"
"Trap", mixed media, 7" x 10" x 48"
"Coupling", wood, acrylic, leather, 3" x 30", x 3"
This is a new cover the series of books by Chinua Achebe I've been working on. I did the hand lettering as well, some of the additional sketches are below. "Chinua Achebe's characteristically eloquent and nuanced voice is everywhere present in these seventeen beautifully written pieces. From a vivid portrait of growing up in colonial Nigeria to considerations on the African-American diaspora, from a glimpse into his extraordinary family life and his thoughts on the potent symbolism of President Obama's election—this charmingly personal, intellectually disciplined, and steadfastly wise collection is an indispensable addition to the remarkable Achebe oeuvre."
I had the pleasure to teach for two days during July at the Bronx Zoo and Bronx River for the Society of Illustrators Summer Illustration Art Academy teaching kids ages 9-13. We covered gesture and landscape drawing and introduced the kids to watercolor painting.
The Society of Illustrators has made a difference for 100 at-risk youth from the most vulnerable neighborhoods in New York City through the newly established Summer Illustration Art Academy. The program is a curriculum-based project developed in accordance with the NYS Learning Standards in the Visual Arts and funded in-part by a National Endowment for the Arts. It is also a collaborative effort with the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation.
A show of the students’ work will open at the Society of Illustrators on Friday, November 5th from 5-8pm.
Some photos from the outings below, for more information on the program please click here. It was a great turn out and a fun experience which I hope to take part again next year.