Gamaliel Rodriguez: (In)hospitable at The Center for Maine Contemporary Art

Gamaliel Rodriguez, Natural power at my front yard, Acrylic, 
Ink and Gold Leaf on paper, 72 x 104 in, 2022

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) is pleased to announce that the artist Gamaliel Rodriguez will present her first solo museum exhibition in Maine, titled (In)hospitable. The exhibition will be on view from Sept. 30, 2023, through Jan. 7, 2024, with an opening reception on Sept. 30. Admission to the reception is free.

Showcasing both an everyday attentiveness to his surroundings and making visible legacies of extraction that might not be readily apparent in the landscape. In(hospitable) makes reference to the infraestructural failures that make residing in Puerto Rico challenging and challenges the pictorial conventions that depict the tropics as paradisiacal. In(hospitable) in its gesture of subversion asks if there is potential in the hostile.

Gamaliel Rodriguez turns to the immediacy of his own home in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico in a series of large- scale drawings created in the past year. Continuing his interrogation of the Puerto Rican landscape, Rodriguez foregrounds the failure of infrastructure and alludes to a dystopic future that is the byproduct of extraction, experimentation, military occupation, and a failed project of modernization. Likewise, as this new series of drawings foregrounds, the artist’s work stems from a sustained, committed, and attentive engagement with the area which he inhabits.

Gamaliel Rodriguez, The great survivor, Acrylic, Ink and Gold Leaf on paper, 72 x 52 in, 2022

About the artist

Gamaliel Rodríguez (b. 1977 in Puerto Rico) is a visual artist based in Puerto Rico. He works with pencil, ink, acrylic and ballpoint pen to produce aerial and street views of artificial industrial, military, and civilian structures in Puerto Rico and US territories. Memories are manipulated into dystopian, apocalyptic drawings that imagine the collapse of global infrastructure into ruin.

Rodríguez received his BA from the University of Sacred Heart in San Juan PR in 2004; his MFA from the Kent Institute of Art and Design in 2005 and the prestigious Skowhegan School of painting and Sculpture in Maine USA in 2011; and has participated in numerous residencies. Rodríguez’s work has been included in both solo and group exhibitions such as at MASS MoCA (North Adams, MA): the SCAD Museum in Savannah; Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico (San Juan); Bronx Museum of the Arts, and the Whitney Museum of American Art (both New York). He was a 2022-2023 Resident Fellow at Colby College’s Lunder Institute. 

An opening reception will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Sept 30 for three solo exhibitions opening that day, including “This Watching Land,” “Alison Hildreth: Darkness Visible” and “Gamaliel Rodriguez: (In)hospitable.” The lobby exhibition, “Shinique Smith: Continous Poem,” has been extended to remain on view through Jan. 7.

The exhibitions is curated by executive director and chief curator Timothy Peterson in collaboration with the artist. CMCA’s exhibition program is made possible by the generous support of CMCA donors and members.

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