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TuesdaySep 05

General Song: Rodrigo Valenzuela

At Upfor Gallery

Tue, Sep 05 to Sat, Oct 14

show

First Thursday opening September 7, 6:00 to 8:00pm (artist present)

THE WORK
General Song, Rodrigo Valenzuela's second solo exhibition at Upfor, reimagines images of the barricade in a new series of black and white photographs. Drawing on personal experience and history in his native Chile, as well as research about other countries such as Ukraine and Venezuela, the artist focuses on simple structures that people build in times of oppression as expressions of civil disobedience. General Song also draws on Valenzuela's longtime interest in poetic resistance, specifically Pablo Neruda's Canto General, an encyclopedic poetic history of the New World told from a Latin American perspective.

While Valenzuela's projects center on ideas of social justice and equity, his approach is always oblique and metaphorical, with equal attention given to formal concerns. Adapting a process developed for his 2015 exhibition at the Frye Art Museum, the artist staged barricades in his studio, then photographed and rephotographed the constructions. Negative reversal and small digital interventions further confound viewers’ perception of space and form.

EventGeneral Song: Rodrigo Valenzuela
DateTuesday, September 5, 2017 (All day) to Saturday, October 14, 2017 (All day)
LocationUpfor Gallery Map
Address929 NW Flanders St, Portland
More Infohttp://www.upforgallery.com/