With the Florentine Codex: General History of the Things of New Spain (a 16th-century ethnographic research study in Mesoamerica by the Spanish Franciscan friar Bernardino de Sahagún) at its core, the Codex Rodriguez-Mondragón, is a series of bioregional maps and paintings about the intersections of history, color, medicine, and culture. Rodriquez spent 2017 in the field researching, testing, cross referencing, and producing artworks with Mexican and Pre-Colombian materials. She has painstakingly recreated colors indigenous to the Americas and painted on amate, a handmade paper made from the bark of wild fig and mulberry trees. Drawing heavily on Book 12 of the Florentine Codex, which documents the Spanish invasion and conquest of Mexico, Rodriguez makes powerful historical and visual linkages to present day ICE agents in helmets and body armor capturing residents and activists in communities and workplaces. She also examines scenes of Spanish vessels and weapons, and presents them as 2018 US Customs Border enforcement vehicles used to capture residents. These include unmanned drones, marine vessels, and land and air vehicles.
An exhibition catalog will be available for purchase. The catalog was made possible in part by The James Irvine Foundation.
A third-generation Chicana painter and educator, Rodriguez’s work investigates the methods and materials of painting across cultures and histories. Raised in San Diego, Tijuana, and Los Angeles, she received her BFA from Cal Arts. Her work has been exhibited at the Intersection for the Arts, High Energy Constructs, Tropico de Nopal Gallery, The Avenue 50 Studio, Little Bird Gallery, Plaza de la Raza Boat House Gallery, and Coagula Projects. Rodriguez’s work was also included in the exhibition Chicanitas: Small Paintings from the Cheech Marin Collection that toured the U.S.
Artists Talk: 4 Threads Artists + Sandy Rodriguez
Sunday, November 4, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Artist panel moderated by Robb Hernández, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Department of English, at the University of California, Riverside. Panel participants include 4 Threads artists Jaime Zacarias, Jamie Chavez, Jaime Muñoz, and Gerardo Monterrubio, as well as Sandy Rodriguez, whose exhibition, Codex Rodriguez-Mondragón, opens this evening, and CSUSB Assistant professor, Ed Gomez. This panel is sponsored by Latino Network.
Sunday, November 4, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Please join us for the opening reception of Sandy Rodriguez’s Codex Rodriguez-Mondragón, on Sunday, November 4, from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.