Christopher Rodriguez

Overview

Christopher Rodriguez, b. 1980. Originally from New Orleans, he earned his Bachelor of Architecture from Louisiana State University before going on to receive his MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. His work has been shown at the Newspace Center for Photography, Current Space, and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, among others. HIs images have also been featured by the Humble Arts Foundation, Wired and the Huffington Post. His first published monograph, Sublime Cultivation, is held at the Newspace Center of Photography Library and is also offered at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. He lives in Brooklyn.

 

Inspired by writings of Alexander Humboldt, Christopher Rodriguez explores the contemporary landscape genre in themes of color, abstraction and still life. His photographs consider our changing relationships with nature in order to more closely speak to the world we live in. In his latest series of photographs, AFTERLIFE, he builds fictional landscapes with artificial lighting to paint an astonishing world imagined of the future. He challenges color’s representational qualities to blur the line between natural and artificial as he reflects on the fragility of our environment and hopes for a renewable tomorrow.

Works
Exhibitions
Biography

Education

2008 M.F.A., Photography, Video and Related Media, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY

2005 B. Arch., Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA

2004 Washington Alexandria Architecture Center, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Alexandria, VA

 

Awards

2020

PHmuseum, Shortlist or Solo Show at Getxophoto 2020, Getxo, Spain

Chromatic Awards, 3rd Place, International Color Photography Contest, https://chromaticawards.com/

Photo 2020 International Book Prize Award, Shortlisted, Perimeter Books, Melbourne, Aus

2018

Platte Clove Artist Residency, Platte Clove, NY

2015

Wassaic Artist Residency, Wassaic, NY

Honorable Mention, Camera Club of New York Annual Juried Photography Competition selected by Marvin Heiferman

2014

Finalist, What Is A Portrait, Curated by Ruben San-Miguel

2013

Review Santa Fe, Juried Portfolio Review, Santa Fe, NM

Honorable Mention, Camera Club of New York Annual Juried Photography Competition with Justine Kurland

2008

Chairman’s Honors AwardTopographical Irregulars, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY

Alumni Scholarship Award, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY

2005

Structural Support Competition, 1st Place, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA

Smithsonian Metro Station Competition, 1st Honorable Mention, Washington Alexandria Architecture Center, Washington, D.C.

 

Exhibitions

2021

Afterlife, Maybaum Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2020

Afterlife, Sarah Shepard Gallery, Larksburg, CA

Untitled--Summer Show, Sasha Wolf Projects, https://sashawolf.com/, New York, NY

2019

Abstraction, Fstop Magazine, October, https://www.fstopmagazine.com/

A Fragmented History of Mercury, Conveyor Studio, LA Art Book Fair, MOCA, Los Angeles, CA

2018

A Fragmented History of Mercury, Conveyor Studio, NYABF, PS1, Queens, NY

2016 

Pratt Faculty Show, ARC Center, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY

High Summer, Foley Gallery, New York, NY

2015 

Between Artifice And The Sublime, Sasha Wolf Gallery, New York, NY

Culturehall New Artist Feature, Issue 120, Fall 2015, http://www.culturehall.com/

The Last Picture Show, New York Photo Festival, Powerhouse Arena, Brooklyn, NY

The Last Picture Show, Seoul International Photo Festival, Dongdaemun Design Plaza, Seoul, KR

Radical Color, Curated by Jon Feinstein, Newspace Center for Photography, Portland, OR

Baxter Street CCNY Photo Benefit Auction, Affirmation Arts, New York, NY

2014 

Sublime Cultivation, Curated by Carl Gunhouse, Current Space, Baltimore,

Book Launch and Exhibition, Sublime Cultivation, Field Projects Gallery, New York, NY

CCNY Photo Benefit Auction, Affirmation Arts, New York, NY

Sublime Cultivation, Conveyor Editions Booth, Los Angeles Art Book Fair, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles, CA

Slideluck Bushwick III, Curated by Doreen Bolger and Alanna Heiss, Sandbox Studio, Brooklyn, NY

Slideluck Baltimore III, Curated by Doreen Bolger and Alanna Heiss, Sandbox Studio, Brooklyn, NY

Bushwick Open Studios, Salon, Brooklyn, NY

Sublime Cultivation, Conveyor Editions & SVA booth, New York Art Book Fair, PS1, Queens, NY

Observing Connections, Photographs from the Teaching Collection & Invited Photographers, Guest Curators John Vigg, Geanna Merola, CVA Fine Arts Gallery, Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, NJ

What Is A Portrait, Juried by Ruben Natal-San Miguel, Ripe Art Gallery, Huntington, NY

2013  

Drunk Tank Pink, Field Projects Gallery, New York, NY

Curate NYC, Curated by Alexandra Schwartz, Curator of Contemporary Art, Montclair Art Museum, http://www.curatenyc.org/2013/author

Curate NYC Group Show, Curated by Kristopher Johnson & Florence Poulain

All Visual Triangle, Casbah, Durham, NC

Curated by Cult, Curated by Cait Oppermann and Yael Malka, http:www.curatedbycult.com/cait-oppermann-yael-malka

Bushwick Open Studios, Salon, Brooklyn, NY

2011

Wild Nature, Primo Piano LivingGallery, Lecce, Itay

Group Faculty Exhibition, William Paterson University, Paterson, NJ

2010

Looking Out, Seeing In, South Oxford Space, Brooklyn, NY

2009

Miles From Home, The Bakery Art Space, Rhinebeck, NY

2008

Surrounded by America, Visual Arts Gallery, New York, NY

Unraveling Identities, Broadway Gallery, New York, NY

2007

Miscellaneous, ArtVines, Washington, D.C.

2006

Art Melt, Shaw Center for the Arts, Baton Rouge, LA

Regional Modernism, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA

Place, Space, Environment, Redstar, Baton Rouge, LA

Intermediate, L.S.U. School of Architecture, Baton Rouge, LA

2005

The Americana Show, The Backyard Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA

The Open Show, The Backyard Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA

The Ego Trip Show, The Backyard Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA

The Red Show, The Backyard Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA

 

Selected Publications/Features

2020

Photobook #4, Fisheye Magazine, Paris, France

2019

Chromatic Book Awards, Color Photography Winners, 2019, https://chromaticawards.com/winners-gallery/chromatic-awards-2019/professional/fine-art/bronze-award

2018

Ch.1 A Fragmented History of Mercury, Mercuriamagazine, Ch. II, Vol 1

2016

"Cooking with Chris," by Chris Offutt, Oxford American Magazine, Summer

2015

Yo-New York!, No. 2, Fall 2015, by Charlie Rubin, Brooklyn, NY

Christopher Rodriguez, by Eric Shows, Zach Nader, and Grand Billingsley

Meet The Contemporary Photographers Experimenting With ‘Radical Color’, By Maddie Crum, Huffington Post

Wherever You Go, Someone Has Already Been There, by Alyssa Coppelman, WIRED Magazine

Christopher Rodriguez, by Caitlin Peterson, A-B

Christopher Rodriguez’ Refreshing Perspective on the American Landscape, by Jon Feinstein, Humble Arts Foundation

Radical Color’ exhibition features eye-popping hues by Ellyn Kail, Feature Shoot

Christopher Rodriguez, Phases Magazine

CHRISTOPHER RODRIGUEZ’S “BETWEEN ARTFICE AND THE SUBLIME”, Juxtapoz Magazine

Picture Of The Day, The Worlds Best Ever

Sublime Cultivation, Phases Magazine

2014

Sublime Cultivation, Monograph, Conveyor Arts Press, Jersey City, NJ

Ryder, Adam, “In the Studio, Christopher Rodriguez”, Photograph Magazine, September/October

Interview with Mona Varichon, An Ocean In The City

Bmoreart’s Picks: Baltimore’s Best Art Openings and Events, Bmoreart.com

Image Feature, http://designyoutrust.com/2014/08/between-artifice-and-the-sublime-by-christopher-rodriguez/

Christopher Rodriguez’s ‘Between Artifice And The Sublime’ Photographs Explore Our Ideas of The Landscape, Mutantspace.com, by Moray Mair

Studio Feature, by Katie Killary and Candace Moeller for bushwickdaily.com

Image Feature, booooooom.com by Jeff Hamada

Group Show, Conveyor Magazine, Spectre // Spectrum, Issue No. 5, 2013

Data Gallery Feature

2011

Production and Quality Control, James Casebere: Works 1975-2010, Damiani

2010

Triangle Triangle

2009

Retouching, “Klaus”, W Magazine, January 2009

2007

Hamilton, Michael. “The Liminal Space of New Orleans: Video Drawings and Markings”, Batture, Vol. 3, p. 41-43

2006

Rodriguez, Christopher. “Louisiana State Museum”, Batture, Vol.2, p. 28-33

2005

The Eames Era, Time Out New York

Band of The Day, The Eames Era, Spin.com

 

Teaching Experience

2017

Visiting Assistant Professor, International Center of Photography, New York, NY

2015-2017

Visiting Assistant Professor, Pratt University, Brooklyn, NY

SVA MFA Photography, Video and Related Media, Adjunct Faculty, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY

2008-2014

Photo I, Photo II, MFA Independent Study: Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ

2010-2011

Digital Manipulation and Photo I: William Paterson State University, Wayne, NJ

2008

Black and White Darkroom & Digital Photography, The Beekman School, New York, NY

2007

Teaching Assistant, Film Theory and Criticism, Amresh Sinha, School of Visual       Arts, New York, NY

2006

Guest Critic, Sarah Lawrence College, Penelope Umbrico, Bronxville, NY