Rochelle Botello

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What Is My Work About? 
My sculptural works describe and idiosyncratic world that draws upon the absurd to visualize sensations of wonder and play, aiming to engage with ideas of existence. This animated world is filled with humorous scenarios that exploit extremes and contradictions such as humor and tragedy, perversion and pleasure, fragility and brutality, control and letting go. By capturing traces of experiences both real and imagined I craft stories that address themes such as sexuality, identity and desire. Constructed in bright color combinations, decorative patterns in unexpected juxtapositions my sculptures are pieced together with everyday materials such as duct tape, masking tape, cardboard and fabric. I want to explore the complex and contradictory nature of everyday life.

 

Artist Statement

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Education

2004

MFA, Sculpture and Installation Art, Claremont Graduate University

1994

BA, Sociology, University of California, Santa Cruz

Solo Exhibitions

2010

“Wanderlust,” 643 A Project Space, Ventura, CA

“Yesterday’s Combover”, Happy, Los Angeles, CA

2008

“Wrestle My Tuesday,” Concrete Walls Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

“on your tippy toes mister,” You and Me Variety Candy, Los Angeles, CA

2007

“Under The Yellow Wood,” South La Brea Gallery, Inglewood, CA

2006

“Sugar In The Raw,” Holter Museum of Art, Helena, MT

“Drawings,” South La Brea Gallery, Inglewood, CA

2004

“ Sculpture,” South La Brea Gallery, Inglewood, CA

Inside Out,” sculptural installation, Gallery 341, San Pedro, CA

Small Acts,” Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2014

“Double Trouble: Marion Lane and Rochelle Botello,” Coagula Curatorial, Los Angeles, CA

2013

“Licketh The Rainbow,” Jaus, Los Angeles, CA

“MAS ATTACK 2,” Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA

“The Great Outdoors,” Bunny Gunner, Pomona, CA 

Seven Beauties,” curated by Jose Lozano, Ave. 50, Los Angeles, CA

2012

“Curatorial Exchange/Call of the Wild,” curated by Devon Tsuno, Irvine Fine Art Center, Irvine, CA

“No Joke,” curated by Mat Gleason, Coagula Curatorial, Los Angeles, CA

“The Bearded Baby,” curated by Ichiro Irie, Axis Gallery, Sacramento, CA

“Leap Year,” curated by David Pagel, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA

“Either Side of Gray,” Zask Gallery, Rolling Estates, CA

2011  

Chain Letter,” organized by David Horvitz, Golden Parachutes, Berlin

“When You Cut Into The Present The Future Leaks Out,” organized by Matthew Heizman, Paredon Blanco, LA

“The 6th International Invitational Exhibition,” curated by Walpa D’Mark, Gallery Iang, Seoul, South Korea

2010

“To Live and Draw in LA,” Angel’s Gate, San Pedro, CA

Paper Trail,” Happy, Los Angeles, CA

“Obssessive, Obsession, Obsessed,” Summercamp’s Project Project, Los Angeles, CA

2009

“GPS,” curated by Devon Tsuno, Concrete Walls Projects in conjunction with Cypress College, Cypress, CA

2007

“Exceedingly Way Too Over Hung,” Concrete Walls Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Maximum of Maximums,” You & Me Variety Candy, Los Angeles, CA

2005

“Ana 34,” Holter Museum of Art, Helena, MT

“Off The Map,” collaboration with Vanessa Madrid, curated by Corina Gamma, Amy Robinson and Jane Castillo, private home, Mount Washington, CA

“Bent,” Upstairs at The Market Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

“Elements of Narrative,” Walled City, San Pedro, CA

Movement Works Benefit,” South La Brea Gallery, Inglewood, CA

“Drawing Conclusions”, Curated by Walpa D’ Mark. Concrete Walls Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2004

“Works on Paper,” SOPA Studios, South Pasadena, CA

“Small Works,” Walled City, San Pedro, CA

“Overhung,” Concrete Walls Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

“Featherweight,” Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

“Supersonic,” Art Center, Pasadena, CA (catalog)

Little Works Big Show,” Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA

2003

“A Group Installation,” Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA

Surely,” Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA

“Material: Process,” Curated by Vanessa Madrid and Maureen Staley. Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA

2002

“Commercial Space Available,” Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA

“Welcome,” Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA

 

Collaborations/ Special Projects

2011

“America’s Most Unwanted,” documentary film, Logo Design, collaboration with filmmaker Shani Heckman, San Francisco, CA

2005

“Ties on a Fence,” film screening, collaboration with Corina Gamma, Not a Cornfield, Los Angeles, CA

2002

“Everyday Acts of Resistance,” 4th Street Gallery, collaboration with Corina Gamma and Caroline McColl, Los Angeles, CA

 

Awards

2005   Jurors’ Choice Award, Jurors: David Pagel and Polly Apfelbaum, Holter Museum of Art

2002-04 Claremont Graduate University Fellowship

 

Reviews and Publications

2014

Wood, Eve, “Double Trouble” Pick of the Week, Artillery Magazine, September

Wood, Eve, “licketh The Rainbow” Pick of the Week, Artillery Magazine, January

2013

Es, Carol, “A Snow White Story Turned on Its Head,” Huffington Post, May

2012

Frank, Priscilla, “No Joke and Gronk Open at Coagula Gallery,” Huffington Post, June

2011

The 6th International Invitational Exhibition Catalog, June

2010

Ward, Alie, Brand X, Los Angeles Times, Sept 4.

Es, Carol, “Rochelle Botello: Absurd and Disarming,” Huffington Post, July

2008

Pagel, David, “Optimism Trumps Failure,” LA Times, Aug. 29th

Es, Carol, “Down By The River On Tenterhooks,” Coagula Art Journal, issue #91, March

2006

Donahue, Emily, “Simple Sugar,” Independent Record, Sept. 28

2005

Castillo, Gamma, Robinson, Off The Map exhibition catalog, July

2004

Dambrot, Shana Nys, Flavorpill LA, issue #73, “Rochelle Botello and Martin Kirchner”

Supersonic exhibition catalog, June

 

Collections

Private collections in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, San Francisco and New York

 

Professional Experience

2014-Present  Teaching Artist, Ryman Arts, Cal State Fullerton, Fullerton, CA

2011-Present  Workshop Coordinator, ArtworxLA, Los Angeles, CA

2009  Panel participant, discussion with other artists in conjunction with GPS Symposium, Cypress College, Cypress, CA

2007-Present  Adjunct Instructor, Citrus College

2008  Guest Lecturer, Arts Mentor Program, Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, CA.

2005-11  Art Instructor/Activities Director, Palm Court, Goldrich & Kest, Culver City, CA

2004-05  Gallery Director, Gallery 341, San Pedro, CA.

2004  Interim Installation Committee Member, Supersonic, Art Center, Pasadena, CA.

Guest Lecturer, University of California, Los Angeles, Extension Program, Los Angeles, CA.

2000-04  Art Instructor, Downtown Women’s Center, Los Angeles CA