Embajada and Proxyco Gallery (DLG3)
Chemi Rosado-Seijo (b. 1973, Vega Alta, Puerto Rico).
Puerto Rican artist Chemi Rosado-Seijo maintains a socially engaged practice through community-based activism. Instigating community initiatives and interventions, Rosado-Seijo creates interdisciplinary projects that link architecture to the surrounding urban landscape, bridge work to social action, and reunite art with its history.
Embajada is pleased to present new works by Chemi Rosado-Seijo as part of his ongoing series History on Wheels that draw parallels between art history and his skateboarding practice. Rosado-Seijo began skateboarding as a teen and he quickly drew parallels between what he was learning in art history and architecture courses, and his skateboarding practice. A series of masonite skate ramps and canvases will be on view. The surface scratches made through their use, evoke aesthetics of abstract expressionism. Also on view will be a selection of Rosado- Seijo’s new sculptures composed of skateboard parts and wheels inspired by Brancusi’s evocative totems.
Chemi Rosado-Seijo will be presented in a 2-person booth alongside artist Livia Corona Benjamin, who also reimagines architectural sites as conceptual frameworks. Chemi Rosado-Seijo graduated from the painting department of the Puerto Rico School of Visual Arts in 1997. In 2000, Rosado-Seijo had his first solo show at the Joan Miró Foundation in Barcelona, and he inaugurated the ongoing community project El Cerro in 2002. Seijo has shown in exhibitions and biennials at, among others: the first Thailand Biennial in Krabi (2018), The Whitney Biennial, New York (2017, 2002), Havana (2015), Pontevedra (2010) and Prague (2005). He received the Joan Mitchell Foundation grant in 2011 and in 2015, Rosado-Seijo was granted The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Artist as Activist Fellowship. In 2020 he will have a solo exhibition at the Maria & Alberto de la Cruz Art Gallery at Georgetown University.