christina lei rodriguez at rocket projects
Post #483 • March 1, 2005, 6:37 AM • 31 Comments
I have written positively about Christina Lei Rodriguez's work before, but her latest three creations at Rocket Projects came off awkwardly. Confining her manufactured gardens of plastic plant matter within walled slopes demonstrated that her work operates more convincingly in the round. My reaction to it reminds me of the one I had to Jacin Giordano's last show at Snitzer - both seemed like errant efforts of talented artists to push their art. The density of her work - like a lush, artificial garden awash in ectoplasm - looks convincing and well-wrought. But this format is too confining. They also remind me a bit of Fabian Marcaccio's so-called paintants in that limited passages work well but the whole objects don't, although I would rate Rodriguez's powers above Marcaccio's and expect to see her solve this problem one day.
Images courtesy Rocket Projects.
Some dreary show unworthy of critical examination is in the project room.