First solo exhibition of paintings by Maria de los Angeles Rodríguez Jiménez. The materials of Rodríguez Jiménez’ work are resolutely disobedient, encroaching beyond where they are expected to remain. Architectural in their logic, these works confront the physical construction of painting as a two-dimensional medium limited by the flatness of the picture plane.
Central to the thrust of Rodríguez Jiménez’ practice is her own narrative as a Cuban exile and her migration story of leaving the island and settling in the United States. In her distinct approach to abstraction, she seeds paintings with a subjective and highly personal sensibility that renders them autobiographical. Ojalá, a Spanish-language expression of hope, examines the potentials and aspirations of painting as a tool towards outlining the contemporary states of personal narrative, citizenship status, and belonging. Rodríguez Jiménez’ works swallow, stretch, and pivot their medium in material conglomerations that point to the urgency and unfixed nature of those conditions.
Maria de los Angeles Rodríguez Jiménez was born in Holguín, Cuba (1992) and immigrated to New Orleans, Louisiana in 2004. She currently lives and works in New Haven, CT where she is an MFA candidate in painting at Yale University. Maria holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Cooper Union (2015). She attended the Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture Residency (2016) among other artist residencies in Europe and Latin America. Among her upcoming exhibitions is Cut: Abstraction in the United States, 1970s to the present, curated by Amy Galpin, Ph.D. at the Frost Museum of Art, Miami.
April 25 – June 15, 2019
Opening Reception, Thursday, April 25th, 6-9 PM