feature: ‘type faces’, the new series from visual artist samuel rodriguez – mixing typography and portraiture

August 28, 2015

Explore the latest work from Samuel Rodriguez, the California based artist known for his portraiture styles of “Topographical Portraiture” and “Type Faces”. It’s the latter which he focuses on in his new series of work, mixing typography and portraiture. Rodriguez states, “‘Type Faces’ came from my interest in typography and portraiture. As the series has developed, I have explored patterns between language and identity in a social, historic, and cultural sense. Typefaces, and typecasts are tools for identifying. We use them to communicate and make sense or sometimes distort our perceived realities. In today’s globalized social environment, so much of our perceived notions have become hybridized, and vague. In that regard, these works are an observation of identity as cultural landscape paintings and drawings. They are small samples and remixes of expression in an ever-shrinking world.” Check out some pieces from the series below. And see the all the pieces at the 886 Geary Gallery (886 Geary Street San Francisco, Ca 94109) now until September 5th.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor