Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 19th 2017 Contents B40 sunday arts
guardian.co.tt Sunday, February 19, 2017
Contemporary artist Rodell
Warner's work is far from or-
dinary and uses different media
to express multiple ideas, which
makes it hard for him to explain
his art and intentions.
"Absolutely anything every-
where," Warner said in a 2014 in-
terview when asked what serves as
a starting point for his work.
"I don't really have a process per
se," he continued. "And all the things
that I do are so different from each
other that it's kinda hard to draw
a line from one to the other to say
where it came about."
Three years later, Warner still
isn't explaining his work. It has to
be experienced, he said. Asked about
his new exhibition, The Most Cor-
rupting Notion Ever Captured in a
Dream, which runs until Tuesday at
Alice Yard in Woodbrook, Warner
said: "I can't describe it. It's some-
thing you need to see."
In a post on their blog, Alice
Yard describes the work this way:
"In recent months, artist Rodell
Warner has been making a collec-
tion of painted objects exploring
relationships between black and
white, 'as between off and on, living
and nonliving, figure and ground,
the way 1 and 0 signal off and on
in transistors/computer language.''
The post is illustrated with a pho-
to of what looks like a large seashell
painted in black and white stripes.
Warner started his creative ca-
reer designing T-shirts, then he
worked at an ad agency. He began
taking photographs, then he began
digitally manipulating photographs.
His last solo exhibition at Alice Yard,
2013's Year of the Snake Eating It-
self, featured gifs, images (often
popular on social media) that are
a cross between photography and
video and convey memes or ideas.
The exhibition also included zines---
handmade magazines---filled with
images reflecting life in T&T.
"I just got into this whole world
of making things in all the different
ways you can make things," he said
Warner's work is often interactive
and meant to explore different as-
pects of human experience.
His project, Photobooth, part
of 2009's Erotic Art Week, invit-
ed the audience to take pictures of
themselves in sensual poses with
As part of a 2014 residency in New
Local Space in Kingston, Warner
used photos he took in nature to
produce patterns that he printed
on fabric. He then invited other art-
ists and designers to create different
things with his patterns.
For his project Closer, conducted
in 2009 and 2011 in Port-of-Spain
and Johannesburg, respectively, he
asked strangers to make eye contact
and captured the moment on cam-
"That literally came about be-
cause I'm walking around Port-of-
Spain afraid of making eye contact
with people and wondering if other
people have the same issue...or how
they deal with it," he said in 2014.
"I'm thinking about my own life...
and what I'm concerned with at the
moment," he continued. "And an
idea will come up of how to engage it
or learn more about it or think about
it or share it with other people, and
then I make a project and share it.
And that's how it goes."
In the interview, conducted by
the NLS while Warner was on his
residency there, he was reluctant
to pinpoint a single driving force
behind his work.
"It changes all the time," he said.
"As I live and go through my life...I
learn things and I put it into the
work. I feel if I give an answer it
wouldn't be true. I have no idea what
I'm doing. I'm doing many things is
what it truly feels like."
More info: Go to: aliceyard.blogspot.
The new adaptation of an ancient Greek tragedy, Carnival Medea: A Bacchanal, had its Caribbean premiere February 9, at the Little Carib Theatre, Woodbrook. In this photo, the title character,
played by Tishanna Williams, centre, describes a scene to her Macomeres, the chorus (from left, Susan Hannays-Abraham, Cecilia Salazar, Penelope Spencer and Marie Chan-Durity). Carnival
Medea shows tonight at 6 pm, and continues March 2-5. Photo courtesy Lordstreet Theatre Co/ Maria Nunes
Contemporary artist Rodell Warner. PHOTO: LISA ALLEN-AGOSTINI
returns with new exhibition
Links Archive February 18th 2017 February 20th 2017 Navigation Previous Page Next Page