FLXST Contemporary welcomes the opening of “A Familiar Panting,” the first solo show by photographer and filmmaker and Chicago-native Oli Rodriguez at the gallery. For the show, Oli Rodriguez’s photographs take over the entirety of the FLXST (both gallery sides). The photographs explore the intersections of fetish culture and queerness within and outside the domestic sphere and the quotidian, some using Los Angeles as their backdrop.
“A Familiar Panting” is a palimpsest of contortions in photographic portraits and landscapes as markings of the routine and the ritual. The pieces navigate through fetishistic mundane arrangements. They are playful actions in color, form, and constructed sculptural and domestic compositions of sugar, palms, plastic wrap, and breath play, reveling in performance and references to childhood. Incorporating the iconic landscape of Los Angeles as well as domestic spaces, these are visualizations and conceptions of contemporary relationships between consumption and pleasure while investigating the manifestations of mundane objects in fetish culture.
WHAT: “A Familiar Panting.” Opening Reception.
WHO: Oli Rodriguez
WHEN: Saturday, December 7, 5:30-8pm
DURATION of SHOW: December 7, 2019 – January 19, 2020
GALLERY HOURS: Monday through Thursday from 10-3pm and Sunday from 2-5pm, or by appointment on Friday and Saturday.
WHERE: FLXST Contemporary, 2251 S. Michigan Ave. Suite 220, Chicago, IL 60616. Find gallery name on the intercom to be buzzed in.