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Issue No. 17 - Enigma

Rodrigo Valenzuela at Envoy Enterprises

Image above: © Rodrigo Valenzuela, Hedonic Reversal No. 5, 2014 / courtesy of Envoy Enterprises

Envoy Enterprises presented a solo exhibition of Rodrigo Valenzuela’s new series of photographs. After having been exhibited in various venues on the West Coast, they are now making their New York debut.

B 040Image above: © Rodrigo Valenzuela, Hedonic Reversal No. 6, 2014 / courtesy of Envoy Enterprises

The monochromatic photographs of Hedonic Reversal recreate urban decay and ruins in the artist's studio. Divorced from the social conditions that typically underlie "beautiful ruins" photography, the images question how our aesthetic response is altered by the absence of poverty and suffering. Noting that historic ruins of ancient civilizations have different symbolic meanings than those we encounter in contemporary urban environments, Valenzuela explains: "I am not seeking to symbolize loss and nostalgia for a better past; I’m seeking to understand if there is pleasure in the ruin itself."

B 066Image above: © Rodrigo Valenzuela, Hedonic Reversal No. 9, 2014 / courtesy of Envoy Enterprises

Created through a process of photographing and re-photographing, these works also capture the passage of time through multiple stages of production and destruction in the artist's studio. Through the accumulation of flaws, they become whole.

Picture 038Image above: © Rodrigo Valenzuela, Hedonic Reversal No. 12, 2014 / courtesy of Envoy Enterprises

Exhibition runs through, Jan 17, 2016. Envoy Enterprises is located at 87 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

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