Juan Rodriguez Sandoval is a Guatemalan-born, Australian interdisciplinary artist, working and based in Narrm (Melbourne), Australia.
His work and practice create fictional manifestations coinciding within and echoing the bygone place and era that has become historically and geographically distant. To create a mythos and lore that explores timeworn ecologies, ways of being, and how these passages and precincts should be practiced and preserved.
With an emphasis and interest in the aesthetics of scientific language and methods of documentation, Rodriguez's practice is informed and molded by bridging forestry, archaeology, topography, geology, geography, ecology, and fine art.
He works with an array of earthly, found, recycled/upcycled- materials and contemporary technologies. His work aims to bring a consensus and a studious experience to further remind the spectator about ecological awareness and, culture as well as, sustainable approaches to art-making.
Juan has shown at School House Studios, Blindside gallery, Trocadero Art Space, Noir Darkroom, Kingston Arts Gallery, Intermission Gallery, Monash University, Brickwall Studios, No Vacancy Gallery, and Marfa Gallery. Juan has been a finalist for the McClelland award for small sculpture and has taken an Artist residency with Brazilian Artist Run Space, Olhão, in Barra Funda, São Paulo, Brazil, and The Land Art Collective in London, England.
(T) Artist Juan Rodriguez Sandoval installing Bed II at Blindside Gallery, 2020. Photo by Caitlin M. Rutherford, 2020. (B) Detail of Install documentation of The Golden Record, 2019 at School House Studios, Collingwood. Photo by Juan Rodriguez Sandoval.