I work in an expanded ceramics field that combines objects and interactivity. I create mass-produced goods in a factory process with my own hands. Everything is multiplied in a playful recreation full of imprints and inconsistencies. From donuts to cigarettes to paintbrushes to skin bleaching soap, these products are made by the dozen. Each piece is unique, but they speak collectively as an antithesis for the love of the manufactured.
I then bring these ceramic objects out into public spaces to satirize consumerism through public engagement. This has included setting up impromptu storefronts in public spaces, infiltrating galleries to interact in proximity with high end art, and tailgating conferences as an unexpected vendor. The public can walk up to my storefronts and purchase my ceramics for the price of their real-life counterpart.
My work has no resolution to the dilemma of consumerism. The objects I make are problematic—they’re based off of products that are addictive, misleading, and yet still accepted. If these legal businesses can abuse the at-risk public, then my work seeks to exaggerate and spotlight the problems at instances where it is happening. It gives my audience a platform to question the object’s adoration or to further emphasize the problems.
My most recent project, a facsimile of a sari-sari store, a Filipino convenience store, talked about products woven into Filipino culture as a result of colonialism. The familiarity of the objects spoke not only to the Filipino audience, but also to the smokers, skin-bleachers, canned food eaters, and more who rationalize complicity as normality and tradition.
Forthcoming establishments hope to continue satirizing the ethics, morals, and regularity of the consumer market and its participants.
RENIEL DEL ROSARIO
1997 Iba, Philippines
2019 B.A. Art Practice, University of California, Berkeley
2018 - Present DeCal Teacher—Natural Pigments
2018 - Present UCB Department Sculpture and Painting Assistant
2018 Studio Assistant to Craig Nagasawa
2017 - Present CalC.R.E.A.T.E. Visual Arts Student Teacher
2017 - 2018 DeCal Teacher—Art for Animation
2016 - Present Berkeley Art Museum Gallery Attendant
2018 Mixed Baggage Collective
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2018 Leymusoom Shrine (Alternative Arts Space), Berkeley, CA
2017 Weigh Your Waste, Cal Dining, Berkeley, CA
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS & PERFORMANCES
2019 Is It Meme You’re Looking For, Cali Commons, Omaha, NE
2018 The Berkeley Biennial, Berkeley, CA
2018 Re-Imagined, Worth Ryder Art Gallery, Berkeley, CA
2018 Solano County Fair, Vallejo, CA
2018 Packing Up To Go, Worth Ryder Art Gallery, Berkeley, CA
2018 Millennial Minds, Sonoma State Gallery, Rohnert Park, CA
2018 The American Dream performance, CCACA, Davis, CA
2018 The Dog & Pony Show, San Francisco Art Institute, SF, CA
2018 Arts & Environment, headquarters, Berkeley, CA
2018 Conversations with Art, Berkeley, CA
2017 Imperfect Product performance, CCACA, Davis, CA
2017 Authority, Worth Ryder Art Gallery, Berkeley, CA
2017 Solano County Fair, Vallejo, CA
2016 Seize the Means, Worth Ryder Art Gallery, Berkeley, CA
2014 Phonies 2014, Solano Community College, Fairfield, CA
2018 UCB Honors Recipient, Berkeley, CA
2017 1st Place Abstract Oil Painting, Solano County Fair
2017 1st Place Representational Sculpture, Solano County Fair
2017 2nd Place Abstract Sculpture, Solano County Fair
Ruby Bracher, “BAMPFA SC PROFILE: Reniel Del Rosario,” BAMPFA Student Committee, Nov. 30, 2018.
Nils Jepson, “Natural Pigments DeCal: How Working in the Past Makes You Think for the Future,” Student Environmental Resource Center, Nov. 26, 2018.
Deena ElGanaidi, "A View From the Easel," HYPERALLERGIC, Aug. 17, 2018.
Julia Bertolero, "'Authority' exhibit critiques oppressive power systems," The Daily Californian, Sep. 18, 2017. 4-5.