MIXED MEDIUM: LAZ RODRIGUEZ MIAMI BASED PHOTOGRAPHER

Here at Oak we value the resourceful genius found in raw creative expression — from the independent designers we carry to the underground musicians and DJ’s we hype. Visual art is no exception. In a day and age when the all-too exclusive “art scene” easily turns the other cheek to those on the come up, it’s vital for emerging talent to have a space to cast their stone and create a ripple in great sea of status quo. There’s a new generation of beautiful losers forging their own paths and Mixed Meduim is here to showcase these artists we have mad respect for. Curated and written by Justin Fulton

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For our first installment we brought some much needed heat to NYC. Get familiar with 25 year old Cuban-American artist Laz Rodriguez. Miami born and bred, Laz is a self-taught photographer who’s been making waves in the zine scene by independently producing his own publication I Swear, currently available in stores. His quirky, often sensual work has shown at venues like BYOB Miami, Preteen Gallery in Mexico City, and New York’s own Envoy Enterprises. lazrodriguez.com

Justin Fulton: Tell us a little about zine culture where you’re from and why you were drawn to it.
Laz Rodreguez: A lot of the zines that come out Miami are kind of punk based. Not sure if that makes sense, but I guess more radical in ideas and informative purpose. I’ve always been into the D.I.Y. aesthetic and as I started shooting more and learning about smaller independent publishers, I realized I can just print out my own books or maybe even get one published and distributed.

Justin: What challenges have you had to overcome as a self-taught artist?
Laz: People trying not to see you.

Justin: Why did you choose to make photography your medium of choice?
Laz: Through feedback and feeling it because it’s so easy and so hard.

Justin: Besides snapping photos around town, what keeps you busy?
Laz: Playing PC games and drugs. [laughs] kidding, I mean…going out to my friends’ parties. Lately trying to throw some techno drag nights called The-Ick (dick).

Justin: What are your top 3 spots in Miami?
Laz: Usually the Electric Pickle, Twist, or Gramps Bar.

 

Justin: Describe your aesthetic in 3 words.
Laz: Subtle. Confusing. Sexual.

Justin: Any fetishes?
Laz: Body hair, voyeurism, in the car…So many dark streets and dead ends here.

Justin: You have quite the sexual appeal, how many dick pics do you exchange on the regular?
Laz: They exist somewhere. I’ve lost plenty of phones. I joke that I will see my ass somewhere, but no one really sends me anything. Feel free to start now.

Justin: We read somewhere that you were into Jewish geeks who don’t tan. How has that search been in Miami?
Laz: Not well [laughs], that write up was joke. I don’t have a thing for white people, but I do fetishize Hasidic Jews. Does that sound bad?

Justin: [laughs] No. I definitely see you on the Hasidic draw.

Justin: What are you listening to right now?
Laz: Anything Anthony Parasole, John Roberts, Cop City/Chill Pillars.

Justin: What do you collect?
Laz: I don’t really collect anything in particular. I do keep a lot of things from friends like flyers, stickers and prints.

Justin: In what ways did you express your creativity as a kid?
Laz: I skateboarded and did a lot of drawing.

Justin: Where do see yourself in 5 years?
Laz: Not sure hopefully alive and well. Not in Miami but still in Miami.

lazrodriguez.com

 

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