December 8, 2015 –
February 10, 2016
Carissa Rodriguez: I’m normal. I have a garden. I’m a person.

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?

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

Press:

Artforum, by Jo-ey Tang
Carissa Rodriguez, I
Carissa Rodriguez, I'm normal. I have a garden. I'm a person, 2015; installation view, Wattis Institute. Courtesy of Carissa Rodriguez. Photo: Johnna Arnold.
Carissa Rodriguez, I
Carissa Rodriguez, I'm normal. I have a garden. I'm a person, 2015; installation view, Wattis Institute. Courtesy of Carissa Rodriguez. Photo: Johnna Arnold.
Carissa Rodriguez, I
Carissa Rodriguez, I'm normal. I have a garden. I'm a person, 2015; installation view, Wattis Institute. Courtesy of Carissa Rodriguez. Photo: Johnna Arnold.
Carissa Rodriguez, I
Carissa Rodriguez, I'm normal. I have a garden. I'm a person, 2015; installation view, Wattis Institute. Courtesy of Carissa Rodriguez. Photo: Johnna Arnold.
Carissa Rodriguez, I
Carissa Rodriguez, I'm normal. I have a garden. I'm a person, 2015. Courtesy of Carissa Rodriguez. Photo: Johnna Arnold.
Carissa Rodriguez, I
Carissa Rodriguez, I'm normal. I have a garden. I'm a person, 2015; installation view, Wattis Institute. Courtesy of Carissa Rodriguez. Photo: Johnna Arnold.
Carissa Rodriguez, "Untitled (the use and abuse of vegetational concepts)," 2015. Courtesy of Carissa Rodriguez. Photo: Johnna Arnold.
Carissa Rodriguez, "Untitled (the use and abuse of vegetational concepts)," 2015. Courtesy of Carissa Rodriguez. Photo: Johnna Arnold.
Carissa Rodriguez, "Ferry Building farmer
Carissa Rodriguez, "Ferry Building farmer's market, San Francisco, Oct. 2015," 2015; iPhone photograph. Courtesy of Carissa Rodriguez.
Carissa Rodriguez, "Airbnb headquarters, San Francisco, Sept. 2015," 2015; iPhone photograph. Courtesy of Carissa Rodriguez.
Carissa Rodriguez, "Airbnb headquarters, San Francisco, Sept. 2015," 2015; iPhone photograph. Courtesy of Carissa Rodriguez.