Francisco Rodriguez

Midday Demon

September 7–October 12, 2019
Opening Reception: September 7, 6–8pm



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green corner, 2019, oil on canvas, 211 x 171 cm l
in the garden, 2019, oil on canvas, 210,5 x 171 cm l
street at night, 2019, oil on canvas, 60 x 50 cm l

Francisco Rodriguez. Midday Demon, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2019

Francisco Rodriguez. Midday Demon, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2019

Francisco Rodriguez. Midday Demon, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2019

Francisco Rodriguez. Midday Demon, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2019

Francisco Rodriguez. Midday Demon, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2019

Francisco Rodriguez. Midday Demon, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2019

Francisco Rodriguez. Midday Demon, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2019

Francisco Rodriguez. Midday Demon, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2019

Francisco Rodriguez. Midday Demon, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2019

Francisco Rodriguez. Midday Demon, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2019

Francisco Rodriguez. Midday Demon, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2019

Francisco Rodriguez. Midday Demon, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2019

Francisco Rodriguez. Midday Demon, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2019

Francisco Rodriguez. Midday Demon, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2019

Francisco Rodriguez. Aridity, 2019. Oil on canvas, 78 3/4 x 65 inches (200 x 165 cm)

Francisco Rodriguez. Backyard, 2019. Oil on canvas, 82 5/8 x 66 7/8 inches (210 x 170 cm)

Francisco Rodriguez. Caretaker, 2019. Oil on canvas, 78 3/4 x 66 7/8 inches (200 x 170 cm)

Francisco Rodriguez. Green Corner, 2019. Oil on canvas, 82 5/8 x 66 7/8 inches (210 x 170 cm)

Francisco Rodriguez. In the Garden, 2019. Oil on canvas, 82 5/8 x 66 7/8 inches (210 x 170 cm)

Francisco Rodriguez. The Beast., 2019. Oil on canvas, 82 5/8 x 66 7/8 inches (210 x 170 cm)

Francisco Rodriguez. Corner, 2019. Oil on canvas, 23 5/8 x 19 5/8 inches (60 x 50 cm)

Francisco Rodriguez. Dog at Night, 2019. Oil on canvas, 23 5/8 x 19 5/8 inches (60 x 50 cm)

Francisco Rodriguez. Garden with men, 2019. Oil on canvas 23 5/8 x 19 5/8 inches (60 x 50 cm)

Francisco Rodriguez. Lying, 2019. Oil on canvas, 23 5/8 x 19 5/8 inches (60 x 50 cm)

Francisco Rodriguez. Nativo, 2019. Oil on canvas, 5/8 x 19 5/8 inches (60 x 50 cm)

Francisco Rodriguez. Street at night, 2019. Oil on canvas, 23 5/8 x 19 5/8 inches (60 x 50 cm)

Francisco Rodriguez. The Football Pitch, 2019. Oil on canvas, 23 5/8 x 19 5/8 inches (60 x 50 cm)

Francisco Rodriguez. The Thing, 2019. Oil on canvas, 23 5/8 x 19 5/8 inches (60 x 50 cm)

Francisco Rodriguez. Young Man, 2019. Oil on canvas, 23 5/8 x 19 5/8 inches (60 x 50 cm)

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Steve Turner is pleased to present Midday Demon, a solo exhibition of new paintings by London-based Francisco Rodriguez, most of which feature an isolated male figure within a desolate urban landscape. In some, the figure is upright and smoking a cigarette. In others, he appears to have passed out. The artist describes the bleak setting as one that fosters exhaustion, listlessness, sadness, dejection, restlessness, anxiety and depression. Rodriguez observed the phenomena of the “midday demon” while growing up in Santiago, one of the largest cities in South America; again in London where he has lived for the last five years; and also during a recent residencies in Poland and Ukraine. He ponders the effects of the oppressive midday sun and wonders if such “spirits” actually do appear at that hour. Are his figures victims of some  “midday demon”; or are they the demons themselves?

Francisco Rodriguez (b. 1989, Santiago) earned a BFA and a post-graduate degree in painting at the University of Chile, Santiago (2012 &; 2013) before earning an MFA at the Slade School of Fine Art, London (2018). He has had recent solo exhibitions at Galeria Leyendecker, Santa Cruz de Tenerife (2018) and Cooke Latham, London (2018). This is Rodriguez’ first solo exhibition at Steve Turner.