Blake Turner | Rodrigo Valenzuela
September 5-26, 2015
Turner’s recent work is constituted by archives. He extracts from personal and collective archives. He is striving to take control of the archives, searching for questions concerning how social, economic, and political forces influence culture. In doing so, Turner strives to take control of memory, by reserving ownership of which narratives from the past are being told and which narratives will be told in the future.
Blake Turner earned his BFA in New Media from George Mason University in 2013 and his MFA in Art and Technology from The Ohio State University in 2016.
Valenzuela constructs narratives, scenes, and stories which point to the tensions found between the individual and communities. I utilize autobiographical threads to inform larger universal fields of experience. Gestures of alienation and displacement are both the aesthetic and subject of much of Valenzuela’s work. Often using landscapes and tableaus with day laborers or himself, Valenzuela explores the way an image is inhabited, and the way that spaces, objects and people are translated into images. Valenzuela’s work serves as an expressive and intimate point of contact between the broader realms of subjectivity and political contingency. Through his videos and photographs, Valenzuela makes images that feel at the same time familiar yet distant. Valenzuela engages the viewer in questions concerning the ways in which the formation and experience of each work is situated—how they exist in and out of place.
Rodrigo Valenzuela was born in Chile and now lives and works in Seattle, Washington. He earned his BFA in Art History/Photography from the University of Chile, Santiago in 2004, his BA in Philosophy from Evergreen State College in 2010, and his MFA in PhotoMedia from the University of Washington in 2012.