Sunday, November 15, 2009

Artemio Rodriguez Visits San Diego

I recently had the opportunity to meet Artemio Rodriguez at his show's gallery openning here in San Diego. He's a very nice guy and entertained some of my questions and signed his name and drew a cool picture on my copy of the collaboration he did with poet, Juan Felipe Herrera.

My wife and I really enjoy(ed) his work. It was sort of a retrospective spanning approx. fifteen years. As usual, the work was intense and his ability to incorporate interesting detail made several of his prints quite gripping.

I wanted to attend his talk today at the San Diego Musuem of Art but was unable to do so. I don't feel too badly though because Thursday night was pretty magical. He even showed me his new book that is a beautifully produced leather-bound collection of fifty original prints that accompany a wonderful story in Spanish. Each collection was handmade and produced at La Mano Press ,now in Michoacan. Amazing, amazing work!

Below is a shirt I bought some time ago. My sister always complains that it's too intense and causes her anxiety. What do you think?


Meher said...

We heard his talk at the San Diego Museum and it was very good. His work is amazing - where are those books available. We went to the gallery exhibiting his work right after the talk but it was closed - will try again tomorrow.

Manuel Paul Lopez said...

Cool! His Book Lotería Cards and Fortune Poems was published by City Lights a few years ago. I'm sure you can order this title fairly easily if it can't be found in your local, indie bookstore.

The other one, the new one I mentioned was published by La Mano Press. It's a limited edition and very expensive. I wish I could tell you its title but I can't remember it. Sorry.

Please let me know what you think of the work at the gallery, which I didn't name in my post but is called Noel-Baza Fine Art.