Faces of Taos

Jason Rodriguez

Printmaker, street artist, fine artist, educator, technologist, activist

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Truly a Renaissance man, Jason Rodriguez (aka Forge, along with partner Aya Trevino) is taking the Taos art scene to even grander heights. Along with opening his studio and printmaking workspace, 555 Taos, in 2016, the multi-talented artist created ARTAOS: "The ARTAOS missions is to compliment the existing beauty of Taos, New Mexico. By creating community supported art installations and rural art education. We rally for increased exposure for artists, local businesses and enhanced art experiences for residents and visitors."

Taos has many successful artists, but exposure for up and comers can be difficult. With that in the forefront of his mind, Rodriguez has set out to create more opportunities for emerging, and even established artists, “to represent themselves to the public.” 

“There are more unknown artists in Taos than known ones,” he expanded. “If you’re not in a gallery, your work is rarely seen.” Rodriguez’s latest idea is augmented reality demos with the MAG (mobile art gallery) truck, designed for artists to gain exposure in and away from Taos. He has hosted interactive installations and movies screened on the MAG. He is involved with training Taos students about new technology and art, and invites artists from other parts of the country to come here and share their work with the students.

A present goal is to create an outdoor art and mural park in town. And coming soon, arTV, high definition art images from Taos artists displayed in high traffic areas. Of course, he wants to inspire artists of all levels and disciplines, but he also hopes to prompt the town of Taos “to allow artists to be able to sell their art in public 24/7, 365.”

If he wasn’t an artist, Rodriguez would be a “professional stuntman.”

555 Taos is located at 1022 Reed Street (facebook.com/555space). For more information about ARTAOS, go online to artaos.com.

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