by Monica Uszerowicz September 23, 2011

Bert Rodriguez is a Miami-based conceptual artist. Emotional Blackmail, a group show featuring his most recent work, opens at the Saag Gallery in Alberta, Canada on September 24th. A member of the now L.A.-based OHWOW arts collective and community and a winner of a Frieze Foundation Commission, his work has also been displayed in the 2008 Whitney Biennial, in Berlin at Sassa Trülzsch and, last year, in Naples at Annarumma 404. While his works range in medium–sculpture, neons, and large-scale, sight-specific installation–their common threads are humorous and critical displays of the art market and the simple examination of the human condition’s complexities. We met with him in his studio in Wynwood to discuss the playful quality of his work, his light-hearted mockery of the art industry, and the economy of gesture.

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