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Watkins' Visiting Artists Series: Artemio Rodriguez 

When: Thu., Nov. 17 2011
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Watkins College is launching an ambitious series of artist talks tonight with printmaker Artemio Rodriguez. Born in Mexico in 1972, Rodriguez now lives in Los Angeles, where he founded La Mano Press in 2002. He makes linocuts and woodcuts that encompass worlds of demons, wizards, naked ladies and starkly traditional religious imagery combined with contemporary details like band T-shirts and comic book references. His 2011 woodcut “Evil Forest” depicts two punky kids wielding a spiky club and dagger as a Bigfoot-like beast calmly approaches. The beast’s bearded face is repeated on his stomach, and similar faces appear in several of the surrounding trees, and the whole thing feels like old age and nature closing in on them. That friction between playfulness and sophistication — youth and history — repeats throughout Rodriguez’s work. Look for talks by Natalia Almada, David Hilliard, Harrell Fletcher and Alec Soth as Watkins’ Visiting Artists Series continues next year.
— Laura Hutson

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