Launched in 2015 to celebrate and steward art within our community, the Overland Art Program seeks to promote both established and emerging artists, inspire the design process, and encourage creative thinking. As part of this program, Overland hosts a series of rotating art exhibits throughout the year.
We are delighted and honored to host our first photographic body of work by San Antonio based artist Rodolfo Choperena. One of the goals of the art program is to show a diversity of mediums, which can be cumbersome, as our walls are expansive, and the artwork needs to be able to command a strong presence. Large scale photographic work can be hard to come by. Fortunately, we had a previous relationship with Choperena after he created a large format permanent installation within our recently finished Grande Cheese Headquarters in Wisconsin, and we knew his photographic imagery would sing in our office space.
The exhibit features a cross-section of 12 pieces created between 2009 and 2016 that otherwise are on permanent display at Choperena’s personal studio space. We borrowed every piece of Choperena’s work that he regularly surrounds himself with (from beautifully hand knotted wool and silk custom rugs to light enveloping digital prints on metallic paper) and installed them in our space. The collection invokes a deep feeling of natural comfort and allows us to experience and interpret the artist’s personal headspace.
The subject of Choperena’s work is obscured by inducing movement and manually manipulating light sources to provoke and push the boundaries of perception. Each piece is created by maneuvering the camera’s placement, aperture, and exposure in relation to the color fields, landscapes, light sources, and seascapes, creating organic, lyrical free forms.
The exhibit will be on display through late June 2017.
Stay tuned for future updates about “Personal Space” and the Overland Art Program. For more about Rodolfo Choperena, visit him online. Click here to visit his website or follow him on social media.