roswell artist-in-residence program
roswell museum and art center
present in the Marshall Gallery
July 19, 2002 - September 8, 2002:
"Gemstones II" 2002 36" diameter, ceramic
In the mid-Eighties Eddie Dominguez began examining the way household objects function in our culture. Not with "punny" ironies (which would have been so easy considering the ceramic work of that period), but with an open reverence for the ceremonial and symbolic potential for the most humble places, events and things in our lives. He has, over the years, "re-contextualized" just about every room in the house. And, in his own way, de-constructed: tacky tourist trinkets, minimalism, the vessel, the landscape, dinnerware, race, craft, main-street and the family home.
work has eluded the twin pitfalls of becoming overly formalistic or
wallowing in ethnicity. The youngest of eight kids, Eddie
grew up in Tucumcari, New Mexico between the cheap motels of old route
66 and the train tracks. But Eddie's story is more than a cliché
of a small-town-boy-makes-good. At it's heart lay an infectious
optimism and joy that baffles both the jaded post-modernist and
confounds the categorizers. And while there is an uplifting
quality to Eddie's work, there is also an edge...an edge between art
and craft, between cute and beautiful, between Anglo and Hispanic,
between chic and kitsch and between the mundane and the visionary.
"Night Garden" 2002 dinnerware set for twelve ceramic, wood, leather
"Colores de Desierto" 2000, ceramic, wood, 43" X 84", 14"
"Night Storm" 2001, porcelain 21" X 21" X 1/2"
OTHER RECENT EXHIBITIONS
|text and design by Stephen Fleming|
|photos by L. Gawell and H. Lotz|
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