Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Welcome

Welcome,

This blog serves the purpose to show and share my conceptual photography work. Below there is a list with each series of work. Use each title to access each post. In each post you will find an artist statement (maybe in Spanish {sorry})or a thought about my work, plus some documentation regarding each work. Enjoy.


Airplanes (vulnerability induced)



























Blancus (2014) At Art Lab Gallery Santurce, Puerto Rico


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                








Monday, December 7, 2015

Airplanes (vulnerability induced)



Airplanes: The Most Common Self-Imposed Human Vulnerability on a Safe way to Travel.
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Vulnerability is a state which one is open to any harm. Under that context Airplanes (most passenger planes) create that state in most of ways.  As a passenger in a plane is in that very last stage of a flight, when the plane is getting closer to its destination, when the cabin pressure change, your ears “hurts” and you have to swallow some saliva to adjust your body with the pressure, we all people meets in the same situation. We experience that sense of anxiety, even though you have done in it so many times, but everybody always doubt about all those time. You wish it will be the same, but, again, you are not sure. Will we make it? From the land perspective, –what if it doesn’t make it? How about it falls on a house or hit an electric wire. Or just the plane falls over us while we drive by the airport. Imagine, that same experience is share by roughly 11,967,120 people per day, which is the average amount of passenger when there are 99,726 flights each day in the world.  Most of everything each of them places themselves into an open space to probably be harm.

There are so many possibilities to feel some human vulnerability when we are concern about planes no matter where you find yourself in relation to them.

Through my photos I want to create that same feeling, or at least think about what we experience in that very same moment in which the airplane is approaching the airport or destination. Don’t matter where you position yourself, inside or outside the plane, you might feel all those feeling at the same time.  Also, I want to portrait the paradox of statistical safety with the physical sense of impending danger. Showing the extreme distance between the safest mode of travel and the most horrific type of accidents found in air travel.

Each photo was taken from less than a mile from the runway. When the photos were taken, all those plane has decrease in speed and altitude more than 30,000 feet in less than 15 minutes, and from 600 mph to 200 mph in the same amount of time, in a 420 ton aircraft.

To flight is the best and safest way to travel and I should continue taking and prefer it anyways despite it carries the worst kind of tragedy. (Most of my best friends are abroad) But that feeling, we all shares, at that same very moment, should stay where all time has been, quietly inside your body. 
HR

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

"Motel Rooms" (Colonial Comfort) Curated Show, St Croix, V.I. Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts 9/2014

"Motel Rooms" (Colonial Comfort)
Curated Show, Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts, St Croix, V.I., 9/2014 



Artist’s statement:
Among all colonized cultures there is a strange resemblance with sex and politics. The more conservative the culture is, the more sex is taboo. Lust and fetishism are hidden under the skirt of intimacy. The lusty behavior and thoughts are often repressed. In a hidden spot or a secret place or in a certain hour with a certain light there is a precise moment in which those feeling are released. Sometimes sex is good, sometimes it turns violent. Everything depends on how spectacular the environment is. If it looks good and comfortable, if everything is well designed, at least 75% of the conditional approval is reached.

A lot has been written about the use of sex as a weapon or as a way of control in conservative spheres of society in which sex becomes violent. Also, the oppressor assumes violence a price to pay in order to reach some kind of comfort, to experience something new, and reach the expected climax. Usually, that is the rule, and it always ends on depression under the oppression.

In the “Motel Rooms” series, the motel room is as metaphor for a colonized environment. The relationship between “love” and “lust” (the bed and the “Love Machine”) resemble the relationship of a good colony and the empire. In the Caribbean there are great colonies (not going to mention any). Much of them look like paradise. Palm trees and beautiful beaches, great weather, nice people, superb food are a few of the details that persuade us to think, that we have reached 75% of the conditional approval. We are comfortable enough.

But the price we pay for that comfort is represented by the “Love Machine”. Totally awkward and at the same time familiar. Its analytical and obstetric design makes it clear, that you have to work in order to reach pleasure. And the pleasure is not guaranteed, as the lack of practice, courage and experience won’t let you easily reach a climax in such a mechanical environment. But there is no time for practice - the “Love Machine” cannot always be conquered.

You just want to fulfill a desire. But when you think you’re close to your goal, the “Love Machine” turns out to be too uncomfortable. That is when depression arises and oppression begins. Violently, guilt turns into weakness.  A quick end. That sums up, what the remaining 25% of our debate consist of: politics.

At the end we abandon the “Love Machine”, turn to the bed, and dream with geishas and zebras.



Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Blancus (2014) At Art Lab Gallery Santurce, Puerto Rico

BLANCUS
 
Porque el blanco puede ser ofensivo y espeluznante. Porque lo que uno ve no es lo que es. Y porque el control de la percepción puede ser un acto sádico divertido. Este trabajo propone un ejercicio individual sobre las premisas que anteceden esta oración. Las imágenes expuestas tiene que ver con la provocación que este complejo color puede ocultar con la falsa percepción que se le ha impuesto.
Durante mucho tiempo las múltiples trastadas y secretos del blanco han tratado se ser ocultados con estigmas y características de pureza y limpieza. Dentro de la ciencia de la fotografía y de la luz, el blanco se forma con la suma de todos los colores de manera ecuánime. El arco iris es la manifestación de la naturaleza que nos deja saber que la luz blanca está compuesta por todos los colores. De esta manera es que la luz blanca se dobla para dejar ver su refajo policromático.
Hoy seré recatado y no presento ese colorido refajo. Tampoco pretendo presentar un dibujo explicativo científico sobre la naturaleza de la luz ni de cómo la fotografía funciona . Solo presentaré seres que convergen y copulan no en la oscuridad si no en sus blancuras.
Porque la luz, además de revelar, puede esconder. Ella es cómplice de esta trastada de la naturaleza y la fotografía es mi arma. Una tan sádica como la otra.
Herminio Rodríguez, 2014















 

Monday, February 4, 2013

Troche and the Tank Comment on Perception's Problems (2012)

 
Troche y el Tanque comentan s­­­obre problemas de percepción es un proyecto de instalación y exhibición fotográfica. La misma consta con una intervención “site specific” en el exterior de Área en un tanque de reserva de agua y de la transformación interior del espacio en una cámara oscura.

“La percepción es un proceso nervioso superior que permite al organismo, a través de los sentidos, recibir, elaborar e interpretar la información proveniente de su entorno y de uno mismo.” En esta atinada definición se encuentran las pistas que esclarecen un disfrute mas quirúrgico de lo obvio y lo cotidiano. Los que nos permite, además, experimentar una experiencia estética definida dentro de los parámetros de la misma teoría del arte.

Durante la  práctica del disfrute estético el espectador se enfrenta, nervioso, pensando si cae en la desgracia de no saber con que se ha encontrado, — que a su vez lo atrae —, o por el contrario asciende hacia los olimpos de entendimiento celebrando haber comprendido la poesía y disfrutando la posesión de esa clave que lo acerca al creador del artificio o del artefacto. Ese es el dilema que se busca provocar en el espectador; ponerlo en la posición de decidir si Troche cae o asciende. Ambos (Troche y el espectador) están indefinidos en cuanto a si caen al mero disfrute de lo desconocido o ascendiendo a la cúspide del goce estético y de lo cognitivo.
                                                                                                

Herminio Rodríguez 2012