Dominican artist Freddy Rodríguez @ Diálogo 365
October 9, 2011 § Leave a comment
FR: The whole idea of this new series was to express myself freely with paint. Not only was I using a new support for my art, but I also started to use new tools to make the work: jigsaw, drill, circular saw, and to move the paint around after pouring it on the surface, I used a hairdryer. I was very excited and happy with the results. In the past I used to do a lot of research about work I intended to make. Not anymore. These were paintings of nothing. However, after I had done more than fifty pieces I realized that content was getting into the work. It appeared as autobiography: how in my pursuit of freedom in the Dominican Republic I had to be removed from there and sent to New York City for my safety.
FR: The three pieces in this exhibition are about the violent act of removing someone from their natural environment and placing him/her in a new foreign environment. In this particular case, this is achieved by cutting a piece of the panel and placing it in a different place, leaving a hole surrounded by bright colors, and setting the removed piece in a background of black, gray and white. The pieces that were removed are dripping with bright colors, the colors I brought with me from the Caribbean and the black, gray and white background is New York City when I arrived in the winter of 1963. I did not have family in New York, had not finished high school in the Dominican Republic and spoke no English, a very dark and scary world for me. This is my own interpretation of these works; the viewer can see “nothing” or something else.