In this panoramic study of the oeuvre of the Puerto Rican conceptual artist Guillermo Rodríguez, the writer Luis Othoniel Rosa proposes the phrase “confounding artifacts of (perceptual) disidentification” to describe what Rodríguez’s work does to our senses and our way of perceiving our catastrophic historical reality. As Rosa argues, the sublime goal of this art is to make a sentient connection with the unhuman things that make up our world; to break with the identificatory market of representation, and to make science more expressive and art more inquisitive. In Guillermo Rodríguez’s art, the landscape, playful and decolonized, looks back at us.
Luis Othoniel Rosa
Luis Othoniel Rosa (b. 1985, Puerto Rico) studied at the University of Puerto Rico and received his PhD from Princeton. He is author of the novels Otra vez me alejo (2012) and Caja de fractales (2017) and the study Comienzos para una estética anarquista: Borges con Macedonio (2016; 2020). His most recent book Calima (2023) is a bilingual experimental collaboration with artists, poets, translators, and the print artists of La Impresora. Dr. Rosa is head editor of www.ElRoommate.com and Associate Professor of Spanish and Ethnic Studies at the University of Nebraska. He also teaches in the Loudreaders Trade School.