Rodrigo Valenzuela on the materials in "New Land"

By Armando Bellmas

Los Angeles-based artist Rodrigo Valenzuela, whose exhibition New Land is on view here at McColl Center for Art + Innovation through December 2, 2017, creates landscapes and narratives that point to tensions between individuals and the societies in which they live.

Much of Valenzuela’s work addresses the experiences of undocumented immigrants and laborers. He emigrated from Chile to Canada and then to the United States and worked in the construction industry, a background often reflected in his installation materials, such as drywall and scaffolding.

Rodrigo Valenzuela: New Land is on view at McColl Center from September 14 to December 2, 2017.

721 N. Tryon St., Uptown Charlotte
Free admission
Gallery hours:
Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Image: Rodrigo Valenzuela. New Land No. 6, 2017. Toner, acrylic, chalk on canvas; 54 x 54 inches; Courtesy of the artist and Upfor Gallery.