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Matthew Rodriguez, Happy Late Valentines Day

Riviera Gallery
103 Metropolitan Avenue, corner of Wythe, 718-599-5589
March 8 - April 1, 2007
Reception: Thursday, March 8, 6 - 10 PM
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Happy Late Valentines Day includes puppets, cartoons, paintings, drawings,photographs and video installations.

Matthew Rodriguez was born and raised in Austin, Texas by two hippie parents. Babysat by a Doberman pinscher and black and white cartoons, he was content to scribble monsters and animals all over his childhood home without being disturbed by adult supervision.

Twenty eight years later, Rodriguez’s best-known work is his sing-along narrative paintings that illustrate the lyrics of his favorite songs by following the bouncing ball, as in a vintage cartoon. Lyrics from songs such as The Girl From Ipanema, People are Strange and Johnny Cash’s A Boy Named Sue bounce across storyboard panels alongside whimsical scenes from the songs.

His work can also be seen on the streets of each city he visits, both in huge pasted posters of Christmas tree monsters and frowning candy corns, and the sneaky addition of noses, mouths, and eyes to electrical boxes, fire hydrants, and trees, bringing to life otherwise overlooked inanimate objects.
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