Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Recorded RADIO commentary for KQED'S California Report

I'm thrilled to share this with you.

I was fortunate enough to have recorded a commentary for the California Report on KQED 88.5 Radio! It is a description of my altar, Healing Embrace and describes the reasons for its creation. It will be aired this Friday, November 2nd at 4:30 and 6:30. 
Healing Embrace
The commentary will also be archived on the California Report http://www.californiareport.org/ and it will have a slide show of the altar plus photos of my studio. 

Again, hope you can listen in on the radio this Friday at 4:30 or 6:30pm. Remember, you can also listen live online at http://www.kqed.org/radio/listen/

If you miss this or would like to listen in again, The California Report is archived at:  http://www.californiareport.org/

Healing Embrace is currently on exhibit at SOMArts San Francisco for the Calling on the Spirits to Face the Future, Dia de los Muertos exhibit until November 10th. The exhibit is really beautiful!

Thanks for your support!


Friday, October 26, 2012

I'm Ready!

view of Estudio Martita
Open Studios at 1890 Bryant St. San Francisco
The studio is ready. The doors will be opening at 6pm tonight.
Saturday and Sunday we will be open from 11 to 6pm.
Great art, photography, textiles, ceramics and other surprises.

Here's where we're located. Stop by!!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Open Studios at 1890 Bryant St. San Francisco

Dama on Bike

Hi all.
So much art activity going on in the month of October! I want to remind you that I have a big event coming up this very weekend.

Yes, its that time for Open Studios in the Mission.

I have some new paintings that I look forward to sharing with you. The Dama on Bike is part of my Thick Girl Series. I'll also have some calavera paintings inspired by Dia de los Muertos. As always there will be a few new Frida Kahlo paintings for those Frida followers out there. In addition, I'll have some select jewelry and Latino inspired home accessories.

There's lots for everyone to see!

Here's the details:
Where: 1890 Bryant St. (between 17th St. & Mariposa) Studio 318, 3rd Floor
When: Friday October 26  6 to 9pm (Opening Evening Reception)
Saturday October 27  11 to 6pm
Sunday October 28  11 to 6pm
Who: Martha Rodriguez & Estudio Martita

Hope you can stop by for a visit!


for more views of artwork please click here: http://www.artspan.org/artist/martharodriguez

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Healing Embrace - experience becomes art

Healing Embrace 
altar installation 
SOMArts 2012 Dia de los Muertos Exhibit

My altar installation is almost complete. A few more flowers have to be made and then I can step back and enjoy the end results. So far I am amazed to see an otherworldly experience I had, become a visual statement of art. I feel a combination of happiness, satisfaction, sentimentality. All feelings are very powerful. I also feel very relieved to have this experience out of my head and onto an art form that can be shared with many.

Artist Henson Flye, created the fabulous hands in my altar. After meeting with him and sharing my experience, sketches, some background info on what my Dad was like, he put together an amazing sculpture of hands made from chicken wire and tape. Together we painted the hands white then inserted white lights to illuminate the hands with amazing results.

 If you live or happen to be visiting the San Francisco Bay Area, Calling on the Spirits is opening this Friday, October 12th  and runs through November 10th.

Here are more details:
Opening Reception, Friday, October 12, 6–9pm, $7–10 sliding scale admission. 
Tickets: http://callingonthespirits.eventbrite.com  

What: Calling on the Spirits to Face the Future: Día de los Muertos 2012
When: October 13–November 10, 2012
Where: 934 Brannan St. (between 8th & 9th)
How Much: Free admission
Gallery Hours: Tuesday–Friday, 12–7pm, Saturday 11am–5pm, Sunday, 11am–3pm


Here's a few new photos of Healing Embrace:

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Calling on the Spirits to Face the Future - Dia de los Muertos, SOMArts, San Francisco

  • I'm one of forty artists who will be creating an altar installation in honor of those that have passed on as well as using their artistic interpretations on the state of life, living and politics in the present day world.

    My installation, called Healing Embrace, will be in honor of my dad, Jake Rodriguez who's strong presence I felt during my 8 month treatment of Leukemia and who's guidance I feel now in everyday of living.

    Life is a gift and I'm happy to be living it!

    OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, October 12, 6–9pm,
    $7–10 sliding scale admission.
    Tickets: http://callingonthespirits.eventbrite.com/

    EXHIBIT DATES & HOURS: October 13–November 10, 2012
    SOMArts 934 Brannan St. (between 8th & 9th)
    Free admission
    Gallery Hours: Tuesday–Friday, 12–7pm,
    Saturday 11am–5pm,
    Sunday, 11am–3pm

    Here's more photos from the photo shoot by Rio Yanez
    and some of my work I'll have in the altar.

    from photo shoot for Calling on the Spirits,,,photo by Rio Yanez ,
    model,  Mayra Ramirez
    Enlarged photo of my Dad, Jake Rodriguez
    Spirit Face - made of paper mache and wire 
    - to be hung 
    at back wall of altar

    Spirit Face - made of paper mache and wire - to be hung on
    back wall of altar
    handmade paper flowers w/ gold paint for decoration in altar

    There will be many installations to see, view with diverse and varied looks, interpretations. 

    Hope you can stop by!