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Hashimoto ContemporaryI am delighted to present Piedra del Sol,Solo exhibition of new sketches and paintings by the artist Carlos RodriguezYou can also check out our other articles. Zona Maco. This marks the artist’s inaugural solo presentation with Hashimoto Contemporary and his premier solo booth at the esteemed art fair.
In Aztec cosmology and Mayan cosmology humans appeared in different forms before taking on their earthly existence. According to the Maya people, humans began as clay beings and then evolved into wood. They also believed that humans were created from white and yellow grain. As a child, artist Carlos Rodriguez heard renditions of these legends from his father during family drives to his grandmother’s Ranchito in northern Mexico. In his latest body of work, Piedra del Sol, the artist reinterprets his native Mexico through the eyes of his ancestors—those who shared the stories reflected in these paintings and drawings, as well as the Mexican artists who portrayed the land before him. Rodriguez’s ancient myths include tragic love stories where lovers are separated, or transformed by supernatural powers, often succumbing in grief. However, the figures in Rodriguez’s paintings don’t seem to be lamenting the fates they have been dealt. Instead, they appear to be accepting their fates with a serene expression.
The giants depicted in Rodriguez’s large paintings resemble ancient rocks made smooth by time, their peaks resembling mountain tops, their orifices like canyons. The figures appear to be light and flexible despite their size and strength. The figures can be seen wrapped around another person or tangled in their own. Other times, they are found floating into the Mexican topography of golden deserts and burgundy shadows of distant mountains. In three pieces, the figures caress a yellow, warm, swirling sun. This emphasizes our mythical, and literal, dependence on this celestial, ball of fire that has been a mystery since the dawn of time.
The series, which is characterized by deep reds, blues, and yellow highlights, pays homage to Mexican painters, who depicted a world of soft, curvaceous shapes and magical imagination. By limiting his palette to red, blue, yellow, white, and black—colors associated with various deities and spiritualities—the painter conveys how opposing dark and light forces have shaped everything around us, leaving spaces of wonder and mystery in our inexplicable existence. Whether in perpetual motion or eternal rest, the large, smooth, sculptural bodies in these paintings remind us that our place in this world is neither accidental nor fixed—we are made of history, inherently unstable and ever-evolving.
Hashimoto Contemporary and Carlos Rodriguez in Zona Maco – Booth 119
Centro Citibanamex Av. del Conscripto 311
Lomas de Sotelo, Miguel Hidalgo
Mexico City, 11200, Mexico
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