NEW YORK, NY—February 6th, 2018— Kathryn Markel Fine Arts is pleased to present
Transient Nature, Rocío Rodríguez’s second solo show with the gallery.
Rocío Rodríguez is a painter’s painter. Ultimately,
her work investigates the very nature of painting,
breaking it down into its essence and investigating
questions of the meaning and language of painting
itself. Released from narrative or representation, the
nature of Rodríguez's marks can be seen as answers
in and of themselves to painting's creative problems.
Rodríguez builds her compositions from the
essential structural components of painting, with
frenzied marks and imperfect forms. Totem-like
stacks and squares float freely or are anchored by
their relationships to one another, bristling with an
uneasy balance as if they may all collapse as the
viewer studies the painting. These forms are
nonrepresentational, but elevating their importance by
putting them up on these implied pedestals makes them feel like they may be a stand-in for a
figure or place.
In her latest work, Rodríguez is particularly interested in creating indeterminate space where
images are not fixed, resulting in a disorderly plane where her forms are transient answers to
ambiguous questions. These compositions elevate parts of a whole, and can be viewed as a
pictorial examination of her visual vocabulary and process.
Rocío Rodríguez has exhibited widely throughout the country, including at the High
Museum, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, The Museum of Contemporary Art
of Georgia, and Marfa Contemporary. She was the Resident Artist at Marfa Contemporary,
as well as at the American Academy of Art in Rome and the Fundación Valparaiso.
Rodríguez has a BFA and MFA from the University of Georgia, Athens, and lives and works
in Atlanta, Georgia.