Diego Rodriguez-Warner, “untitled” (2020), acrylic, latex and spray paint on panel, 60 x 48 inches (All images courtesy Leon Galley; photo by Amanda Tipton)
Denver, CO — Like many people, Diego Rodriguez-Warner has spent the pandemic quarantining at home, and the paintings and drawings he has created for Horror Vacui at Leon Gallery present material evidence of an artist forced to make due with supplies on-hand. Leftover acrylics, crayons, watercolors and spray paint adorn scraps of plywood and drywall that serve as canvas.
But the work avoids illustrating the grand themes of isolation and worry that other artists have wrestled with this year. Instead, Rodriguez-Warner spent his days creating pieces he labels as “attempts”: dozens of disparate efforts to distract from boredom and hone the complicated stenciling technique that has won him wide attention lately — including a spot in Crystal Bridges’ State of the Art 2020 and a grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation (which no doubt enables ample “attempting”).