Cristina Lei Rodriguez | Store Windows (Walgreens, South Beach), 2012 | site-specific installation | Courtesy of the artist and Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami
Location: Walgreens Windows, 2300 Collins Ave, Miami Beach (23rd St. and Collins Ave.)
Cristina Lei Rodriguez (b. 1974, Miami, FL) lives and works in Miami. Her work has been exhibited widely internationally at institutions and private collections including Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo; Serpentine Gallery, London; Miami Art Museum, Miami; de la Cruz Collection, Miami; The Rubell Family Collection; and 2nd Athens Biennale, Greece among others. She has had solo exhibitions at Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami; Team Gallery, New York; Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Miami/Paris; and Brand New Gallery, Milan.
“My sculpture making practice is a negotiated balance between being both impulsive and intentional about the forms I make. I experiment freely within a strict set of ideas that tie the work together. This allows me to work intuitively in the studio where I work messy and quick. Materials are crushed, broken, mended and embellished — a cycle of being deconstructed and put back together in modernist inspired form. Sculptures are made from plastic, paper, plaster, paint, glue and selected objects that range from the precious to the forgettable. ”
Store Windows (Walgreens, South Beach)
“A store window is part of the city we experience every day. The window is an opportunity for goods to be desired, and for the store to communicate what they are about through a visual language we all speak – shopping. My objects are abstract sculptures made from the same materials that one expects to see on display — glittery objects on acrylic pedestals, plastic, shiny and new. Yet my objects are hard to pin down. They have a polished appearance, at once organic and minimalist, in a glamorous and sanitized vision of nature that reveals a strong tension between the natural and the artificial, omnipresent in the landscape of Miami, the city where I am from.”