Manuel Alejandro Rodríguez-Delgado

Manuel Alejandro Rodríguez-Delgado headshot

ICA North

Saturday, August 17, 2024 -
Sunday, December 29, 2024


Puerto Rican-born, New Mexico-based artist Manuel Alejandro Rodríguez-Delgado
(b. 1982) utilizes repurposed electronics and discarded materials to craft
self-contained survival systems that address the challenges of a planet grappling
with an uncertain future. Through his process of speculative invention,
Rodríguez-Delgado reconciles the scientifc promise of his youth with the urgent
climate and energy crises of the present.

Steeped in the futures visualized by Star Trek: The Next Generation, the US Space
Program, and Puerto Rico’s bid to host the 2004 Olympics, Rodríguez-Delgado’s
work is both an elegy to an unrealized technological utopia and an adaptation of
those ideals to present and future challenges. His future!minded innovations include
a new font, “Orbital Basic,” which reinterprets letters in straight lines only, making it
easier to write while wearing a bulky spacesuit. For his exhibition at ICA North –his
first solo museum show in the continental United States– Rodríguez-Delgado will
present a new installation that combines drawing and collage, alongside new and
existing sculpture.

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Manuel Alejandro Rodríguez-Delgado, Jíbaro, 2023. Wood, plywood, OSB, plastics, various reclaimed
electronics, tropical plants gathered from Puerto Rican rain forest. 98 x 24 x 30 inches. Courtesy the
artist and the Canary Test.


This exhibition is supported by the Linda Brandes Foundation.
ICA San Diego Exhibition Support Provided by the City of San Diego, Buttgenbach Foundation, and the Tippett Foundation.



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