Rodriguez, Gonzalez, Bainbridge is the Bronx-based collaborative of Yelaine Rodriguez, Melanie Gonzalez and Benton C Bainbridge. The artists make mixed media, installations and performances at the intersection of wearable art, performance art and media art. The Bronx collaborative’s works and performances have shown at American Museum of Natural History’s One Step Beyond, Wave Hill, and Longwood Gallery. Rodriguez, Gonzalez, Bainbridge premiered the video painting, Ezili Dantor, at Art Decentralized – The World of Distributed Masterpieces, in conjunction with Art | Basel Miami Beach 2018.

Yelaine Rodriguez is an Afro-Dominican-American Artist, Educator, and Curator; recipient of the Van Lier Fellowship in Wave Hill 2018 and a Fellow from the Caribbean Cultural Center of the African Diaspora 2017. Her work has been exhibited at Rush, Longwood Art Gallery, The Clemente Gallery, BRAC, Wave Hill, Centro Cultural de España, & Centro Cultural Leon Jimenez biennial in the Dominican Republic. Melanie Gonzalez is an interdisciplinary Photographer and Video/Film Artist. She has shown works at venues such as Soho Playhouse, Medianoche New Media Gallery & Digital Film Studio, Concourse House, The Clemente Gallery, Bronx Music Heritage Center, Kinfolk 94, DROM, Secret Project Robot, and others. Benton C Bainbridge creates media art, performances, and installations with custom digital, analog, and optical A/V systems. Bainbridge applies the frameworks of music, dance, plastic arts and decentralization tech to moving pictures. He has a “high touch” approach to media art; Bainbridge’s artworks are handmade pixel paintings.

Rodriguez, Gonzalez, Bainbridge: Maman Brigitte, 2018 (detail)

Yelaine Rodriguez with Melanie Gonzalez, Alexandra Muñoz, Benton C Bainbridge: Maman Brigitte in Cuba
in Swing Forward While Swaying Back
Longwood Gallery | 450 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10451 | October 3 – December 5, 2018
Finissage and Performance: December 5, 6 to 8 PM

In this group exhibition curated by Amanda McDonald Crowley, six Bronx artists envision alternate futures through collaborative installations that provocatively and poetically challenge their audiences. Yelaine Rodriguez continues her series of wearable artworks and collaborations with Melanie Gonzalez, Alexandra Muñoz and Benton C Bainbridge with another painterly video portrait of the loa. Maman Brigitte was shot in Cuba by Muñoz and performed and edited by Gonzalez with image processing by Bainbridge. Rodriguez, Gonzalez and Bainbridge will perform real-time media remix of the work with Gina Goico as Maman Brigitte for the closing reception on December 5 between 5:30 and 8:30 PM.


Rodriguez, Gonzalez, Bainbridge: Ezili Dantor, 2018

Rodriguez, Gonzalez, Bainbridge in Art Decentralized at Art | Basel Miami BeachDecember 6, 2018

Rodriguez, Gonzalez, Bainbridge premiered Ezili Dantor, a digital video portrait of the Haitian loa. Andrew Freedman Home Creative Director Walter Puryear presented four works by AFH Artists in Residence and speak on the Digital Art & Collectibles Panel in this conference presented by Light Node Media for Miami Art Week.

WATCH: Ezili Dantor at Miami Art Week: Art Decentralized


Rodriguez, Gonzalez, Bainbridge: Ezili Dantor at Wave Hill, 2018 (installation view)

Yelaine Rodriguez with Melanie Gonzalez and Benton C Bainbridge: Ezili Dantor, Freedom and the African Diaspora: We are here, because you were there
Wave Hill Sunroom Project Space | W. 249 St. & Independence Ave, Bronx, NY 10471 | September 8-October 21, 2018

New York Community Trust Van Lier Fellow Yelaine Rodriguez creates an installation of wearable art, video and photography-a project developed during Wave Hill’s 2018 Winter Workspace. A Bronx-based, Afro-Dominican-American artist, Rodriguez sources syncretic religious traditions found in African diasporic communities, such as Voodoo and Santeria, to conceptualize wearable art and costume design. These are activated when worn by people whom she imagines to possess the characteristics of specific deities in a performance video. Her project features Ezili Dantor, a figure associated with the Black Madonna, the Infant Jesus and self-liberated African slaves. Rodriguez employs religious symbols to investigate the meaning of freedom, drawing connections between black culture in the Caribbean and the United States.
Organized by Eileen Jeng Lynch.

WATCH: Ezili Dantor at Wave Hill