Rodrigo Valenzuela

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Back in March when Rodrigo Valenzuela heard we were opening the Factory, he immediately asked for a show. Why give him a show when he'd just wrapped up a solo exhibit at Frye Art Museum? "I want to show work in Seattle that no one else will want to show or buy," he said. So the Factory presents Valenzuela's Seattle debut of a body of large-scale works that we think—regardless of what he says—are fucking cool. To make the series, Valenzuela appropriated the iconography of labor unions from around the world, creating fantastical, larger-than-life, screen-printed flags made with raw canvas and house paint from Home Depot.

Valenzuela's statement:

"We all feel this way (I do too): What is the point of doing anything if we cannot be unique? We actively try to escape our duties to make society better, but the less we organize, the more we yield power to the wealthy and to corporations, losing not only things like social security but our everyday identity too. I worry about my future as an artist. I worry that other artists don't consider themselves working class, building discipline and an economy, and working to help society understand that thinking is a labor-intensive duty."

See more at http://www.rodrigovalenzuela.com/
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By: The Factory