Edel Rodriguez
March 2010
Chinese Democracy
"Chinese Democracy", acrylic and ink on chipboard, 8" x 12"
Jason Treat from The Atlantic magazine got in touch to see if I had work to contribute for their Gallery section.   I had a few ideas about the Chinese government spying on it's citizens along with it's censorship of the web.  The Chinese government opens up the internet to it's citizens but it becomes another form of control.  This piece is in the April issue which is out now.  Great that Jason and The Atlantic have a space like this for artists.
Campaign for Earth Hour
This Saturday, March 27 from 8:30pm to 9:30 pm is Earth Hour.  I was asked to take part in an ad campaign that would help inform the public about the event.  The awareness project is being led by the Leo Burnett agency and involves a number of artists, radio ads, television campaign, etc.  The client is the World Wildlife Fund, and the work is being done pro-bono by all the artists involved. 
The concept was to create a sort of political campaign, one side supporting Earth Hour, the other against it, in the process showing how preposterous it is to be against the idea of shutting off your lights for an hour.  My two posters are above, I also did the hand lettering for the project.  Please check out for more information.
BLAB! show at S.I.
Be sure to come out for this show next Friday, March 26, at the Society of Illustrators.  Monte Beauchamp has been a great supporter of artists thoughout the years and is coming out for the opening.  Over 100 pieces in the show, some of the artists are listed above, along with many more, I'm really looking forward to it.  Here's the website for BLAB! and a piece about the show over at Boing Boing.  All the info for the show is below:
Series for Newsweek magazine
This is a series of illustrations in this week's Newsweek magazine.  I got the call last Wednesday from art director Leah Purcell to do five illustrations for an article about China's new world dominance.  All the art was due on Friday.  Once I figured out the opener image above, I decided to mirror the round shape of the globe on all the following images.  Each subsequent image was supposed to illustrate China's rewriting of the rules in four separate areas—trade, technology, currency and world climate.  I had fun figuring it out and like how the circular shape makes for a cohesive series.   The article is titled "It's China's World We're Just Living in It" and is online here.
"Earlier this month China confirmed plans for its second unmanned lunar probe in October and the 2011 launch of a space module for the country's first docking exercise, all leading up to a 2013 moon landing. With NASA's budgetary rollback, China is now the only country making major investments in space exploration."
China rewriting the rules of the web and technology by censoring websites and being involved in cyber spying.
China has a horrible record on the environment but is actively involved in setting new international environmental standards.
"Beijing's efforts to push the yuan as a rival to the dollar are now making tentative progress. In the last few months, China has inked $100 billion in currency-swap agreements with six countries, including Argentina, Indonesia, and South Korea"
For TIME magazine
This is for an article titled "The Twilight of the Elites" by Christopher Hayes in this week's TIME magazine, full article here.
"In the past decade, nearly every pillar institution in American society — whether it's General Motors, Congress, Wall Street, Major League Baseball, the Catholic Church or the mainstream media — has revealed itself to be corrupt, incompetent or both. And at the root of these failures are the people who run these institutions, the bright and industrious minds who occupy the commanding heights of our meritocratic order. In exchange for their power, status and remuneration, they are supposed to make sure everything operates smoothly. But after a cascade of scandals and catastrophes, that implicit social contract lies in ruins, replaced by mass skepticism, contempt and disillusionment."
Rough sketches
Show/Lecture in Philadelphia
The University of the Arts in Philadelphia is hosting a show of my work from the past 20 years, a selection of drawings, paintings and posters, totaling about 40 works.   I'll be visiting the school next Thursday, March 18th for the opening and to give a lecture.  Please drop by if you're in town.  Here's all of the information, and some of the works below:
Lecture: March 18, 1:00pm, UArts Hamilton Hall, CBS Auditorium, 320 S. Broad St., 19102
Reception / Show: March 18, 3:00pm, UArts Anderson Hall, Von Hess Gallery, 7th Floor,  333 S. Broad St., 19102
The show will be up until May and will be available to other schools after that, please get in touch with the studio if you're a professor and would like to bring it to your college, thanks!

Magazine covers, 1994-2010
"Rapunzel", 6" x 9", ink on paper, 1993
Havana, 12" x 8", pastel and ink on paper, 1996
"Macbeth", Broadway poster, pastel, ink, spray paint, acrylic on paper, 3' x 5', 2000
"Rwanda", charcoal, pastel, colored pencil and ink on paper, 23" x 16", 2007
Work in S.I. Advertising Show
Dellas Graphics calendar artwork, Acrylic and ink on paper, 16" x 23"
These are five pieces that were selected for the Society of Illustrators Advertising and Institutional show.  The show opens tonight at 6pm.   Society of Illustrators, 128 East 63 Street, NYC. 
"Nixon in China", Vancouver Opera poster art, acrylic on paper, 16" x 20"
"Madame Butterfly", Vancouver Opera poster art, acrylic and ink on paper, 16" x 20"
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th anniversary concert artwork, acrylic on board, 20" x 24"
Vancouver Opera snowboards, 16" x 60"
CMYK magazine article
I wrote a four page article in this month's CMYK magazine about the process of creating the poster for the last illustration conference in NYC.  You can check it out at the newsstands. The first page above shows many of the ICON poster sketches from my sketchbook at the time along with some hand lettering I did for the magazine.  Ron Cala, art director at CMYK, put them all together for the article.
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