Monday, October 3, 2011

Rodrigo Canala | Contemporary Art from Chile: Traveling Light | Artist 2 of 5

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Rodrigo Canala
AMA | Art Museum of the Americas

Rodrigo Canala's sight-specific piece entitled Banderines Vacíos (Invisible Banners) are constructed out of PVC and coated in silver glitter. The flag-shaped banners hang in the doorways separating each gallery on the ground level of the museum and are reminiscent of ornamental, festive decorations. The piece is purposefully subtle and can be sometimes unnoticeable to the viewer - playing with the notion of invisibility - which begs the question "how much art needs to be in art to be art?"

Rodrigo Canala (b. 1972, Santiago). Canala holds a Master’s Degree in Visual Arts from UCh, a Bachelor of Arts from UFT, Santiago, and has a background in architecture from UVM, Viña del Mar, Chile. His work has been exhibited  in Australia, Brazil, Colombia, Korea, Chile, Spain, and the United States. Among his most significant exhibitions are Destellos Negros, Galería Centro, Talca (2011); Contaminaciones Contemporáneas, MAC USP, São Paulo (2010); Material Ligero: Five artists from Santiago, Chile travelling light at the Margaret Lawrence Gallery, VCA, Melbourne (2009); Suite-Patrón, Galería Die Ecke, Santiago (2007); Stgo/Bog/Stgo. Envío de Arte Contemporáneo Chileno, Galería Valenzuela Klenner, Bogotá (2007); 5ª Bienal de Artes Visuales, Utopías de Bolsillo, MNBA, Santiago (2006); Arte Contemporáneo Chileno: Desde el Otro Sitio/Lugar, MAC, Santiago y NMCA, Seoul (2006-2005). Canala has received multiple awards and scholarships including a nomination to the AMA scholarship, the Gasworks International Residency Programme (UK, 2010); nominee to Award of the National Arts Altazor (Chile, 2007), Fondart, CNCA (Chile, 2009, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2000, 1999); Recipient of the Friends of Art Scholarship (Chile, 1999). Canala teaches Sculpture and Volume at the Schools of Fine Arts at UFT and UNAB.

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