Diego Rodriguez-Warner + Matthew J Mahoney

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Left Ajar: Plastic Old and Our Bright and Shiny Future Together

Diego Rodriguez-Warner and Matthew J. Mahoney

Exhibition: November 7th-December 6th, 2015

Opening Reception: November 7th, 2015  7pm – 10pm

Artist Statement:

Left Ajar: Plastic Old and Our Bright Shiny Future Together is an installation of artifacts, effigies, and paintings. It is a reflection, a visual cacophony bound to harmonious rhythm. This show contains figuration, texture, space, memory, narrative, history, fiction. Severed heads, severed images, horses, nudes, babies, goats, visual histories, and gods. It contains evil. It’s about power. The work is candy coated with vibrant, sweet and sour color.

Left Ajar: Plastic Old and Our Bright Shiny Future Together is a two person show, bringing together Diego Rodriguez -Warner and Matthew J Mahoney, effectively colliding and blending together their two practices to produce a terrific spectacle for this exhibition, their collective affront on visual representation.

About the Artists:

Diego Rodriguez-Warner was born in Managua, Nicaragua in 1986. In 2008, he studied under the Cuban Minister for Fine Arts, Lesbia Vent Dumois, in Havana, and received a BA in Fine Art and COIN Theory from Hampshire College in 2009. In 2013, he received his MFA from the Printmaking Department of the Rhode Island School of Design. Upon graduation he was awarded the Tobey Devan Lewis Fellowship, presented to a single graduating MFA demonstrating “Exceptional Promise,” which he used to fund an 18 month exploratory sojourn in Berlin. Diego now lives and works in Denver.

Matthew J. Mahoney is an artist from Palm Springs, CA, who is currently living in San Diego, CA, and transitioning to living in New York. Matthew earned his MFA in Sculpture from Rhode Island School of Design in 2014, and his BA in Art Education from Point Loma Nazarene University in 2010. He was an Artist in Residence at the San Diego Art Institute summer 2015. He had a solo show at SDAI during his residency, and was included in two group shows at SDAI in 2015. Matthew has been included in a variety of group shows in California, Rhode Island, New York, and Boston, and was the recipient of both the Leslie Von Kolb Memorial Award, and an award for third place in the 2012 Annual Juried Exhibition at the Athenaeum Museum in La Jolla, California. His sculptural techniques evolved from years of practicing origami and fly-tying. His subject matter is derived from recognizable shapes, figuration, iconography, pop imagery, and material value.

Photography by: Amanda Tipton