CCA Wattis, San Francisco

Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts / 360 Kansas Street
CA 94103-5130 San Francisco

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Carissa Rodriguez presents new work as the result of her three-month stay in San Francisco as our 2015 Capp Street resident.

As an artist based in New York City and temporary guest to the West Coast, Rodriguez follows a personal line of inquiry into everyday life in the Bay Area as it is purportedly being reorganized around the interests of technology industries and their constituents. Confronted by this distinct contemporary habitus – its lifestyles, tastes, and values – Rodriguez produces a body of photographic work in which relationships between images raise questions about “creative life” as it plays out publicly and privately.

Rodriguez's work is often context-specific and not driven by any defining material in its aim to produce “the corollary opposite of the signature object,” as Rodriguez puts it. Through a series of displacements between image, site, and context, the exhibition takes specific design proposals into account in order to ask: what makes life succulent? (...continue reading)

This exhibition is curated by Jamie Stevens, and organized with Leila Grothe. Special thanks to Karma International, Rob Teeters, and Caterina Fake.