Thursday, April 16, 2009

The Cuban Duchamp ?

"Isn't it fascinating to realize that no image, no form, not even a shade or color, 'exists' on its own; that among everything that's visually observable we can refer only to relationships and to contrasts?"
Maurits Cornelius Escher (1898-1972), Dutch graphic artist.

2001 a Space Odyssey - the monolith

In 1968 Arthur C. Clark Sci-Fi writer inspired film-maker Stanley Kubrick.
As with the film, no words are necessary.

2009 a Miami Oddity - the weeping monolith
Bert Rodriguez asks the question, for whom does the monolith cry?

It cries for we the people.

1917 R. Mutt by Marcel Duchamp turned the art-world on it's DADA.

"In my day artists wanted to be outcasts, pariahs. Now they are all integrated into society."
Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968), French-born American.

Ebony And Ivory 2009
rice pudding, chocolate fudge in toilets by Bert and Leyden Rodriguez.
Confections Charity Exhibition at O.H.W.O.W. Gallery. benefit the Daily Bread Food Bank.

1913 the ready-made is born.
Duchamp is fixated on the spinning wheel.

Live to Ride Another Day.
2008 Bert is fixated on cycling... then some dumb-ass Florida driver does a hit-n-run.

1950 The Female Fig Leaf. Duchamp cast a butt in bronze.

2008 My Most Memorable Feature.
I cast Bert's nose to be used in vintage wax casting souvenir machine.
Currently plugged in and ready at the Bass Museum.

Go to Wet Heat Project to view their video on Bert and other local luminaries.

2007 Advertising Works. and how!
Bert created an exhibition by renting all of the existing wall space at the Snitzer Gallery to any corporation that chose to advertise.

"Why do people think artists are special? It's just another job."
Andy Warhol.

2008 In Your own Image.
Bert asked 138 people to add hilarity to his flattering mug-shot.
The entire set is on view at the Bass Museum on Miami Beach.

2009 What a Tree Feels Like.
Bert at his best, buried naked from the neck down ( in sterilized soil).
Bert Rodriguez, Pop Dada Cubanstyle.


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