Experiments through color geometries and the human element | Culture
Tit may be that of Louis Rodriguez first official exhibition, but he is certainly no stranger to the art world.
Rodriguez says his artistic beginnings were like that of “any other artist”: having trouble drawing in class. He’s been in the industry for years, doing everything from business and fashion illustration to digital and graphic design to 3D animation and video editing.
At one point in his career, Rodriguez found himself wanting to go back to more traditional skills. Oil on canvas. Landscapes. Portraits. “But little by little there was something in me [that] needed more than landscapes and portraits, ”says Rodriguez. “I wanted to take it to another level. ”
This marked the conception of Experiments through color geometries and the human element. The collection, 12 oil paintings on panel, is currently on display at Modbo.
In the series, there is a lack of traditional details. Instead, the work is defined by texture, geometric elements, and hard edges – abrupt changes in color. “I’ve always loved color since I was a kid,” says Rodriguez. “Color makes everyone happy.” The interplay between the different elements – foreground and background, color, shapes and figures – gives, as he calls it, a “certain immediacy” to the work.
Besides texture and color, the art and storytelling is minimalist. And the minimum titles of the paintings are intended to reflect the minimal style of the work. “All paintings are just names in a nutshell. Like ‘Shaftan’ or ‘Alluvium’ ‘Anastasi.’ “Congratulations,” Rodriguez says. “I don’t want to complicate things.” He describes the show as a “quiet world”.
Rodriguez was born in Cuba. His family, wanting to escape communism, immigrated to the United States when he was 6 years old. Rodriguez cites his travels from Cuba to America, the television and media of the time, the minimalism and retro-futurism of the 70s as major influences on his art.
His work is intentional – informed by his interests and experiences – but not contrived. “I don’t think of a series in advance,” he said. “I start to paint, then something starts to bloom, then I see it, then I start building on it. And then I can go back and analyze it. For Rodriguez, it is during the process of creating art that its meaning emerges.
Rodriguez says COVID-19 has not affected his creative output. In fact, pandemic isolation has helped his art: “My creativity has almost improved in some ways. But he notes that the arts community as a whole has suffered. “[Art] brings people together, ”he says. The reopening of the city is an opportunity to reconnect.
Rodriguez says the city’s arts community has come a long way and has the potential to grow further. “I want more diverse contemporary art here in Colorado Springs,” he says. “The art that is ready to come out of academics [and the] traditional mentality of painting.