The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and Millennium Park announce Interconnected: The Sculptures of Yvonne Domenge, an exhibition of work by the Mexican sculptor. The exhibition will be on view in the North and South Boeing Galleries of Millennium Park from April 6, 2011, to October 2012. Admission to the park and the exhibition is free.
Striving to represent underlying patterns in what may outwardly seem chaotic, Domenge’s sculptures strike a unity in what we perceive as opposites and find harmony in apparent dissonances. Often referencing the natural world, Domenge’s work reveals a fascination with form and geometry. Her large spheres – three of which will be on view in the Park – defy gravity and space, conveying a rhythmic beauty and the sense of a larger universal order: the structure of a molecule, the microscopic geometry of a virus, the patterns in a seed or the veins on a leaf are all part of the macrocosm to which we all belong.
Also on view in this exhibition is Domenge’s Tree of Life, a brightly painted sculpture with branches reaching up to the heavens to signify life’s energy. The seeds scattered beneath represent the beauty and fragility of new life. An age-old concept, the tree of life was a symbol of the connection among the underworld, the sky, and the terrestrial world in pre-Columbian cultures.
Yvonne Domenge was born in Mexico City in 1946. She studied plastic arts at the Outremont School in Montreal, Canada, at the Corcoran School of Art, Washington, D.C., and in Mexico City. Working in materials as diverse as wood, stone, clay, marble, cement, steel, porcelain, silver, and resin, Domenge has had more than 40 solo shows and participated in nearly 200 group exhibitions in cities across Mexico, the United States,Canada, Europe, and China, including the Musée du Louvre in Paris. Her sculpture Lily recently won a gold medal at the Olympic Landscape Sculpture Design Contest in Beijing, China, and her work was selected to represent Mexico for the International Sculpture Biennale in Vancouver, Canada.
Interconnected: The Sculptures of Yvonne Domenge is presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and Millennium Park, in cooperation with Millennium Park, Inc., and is sponsored by The Boeing Company and Mexico’s CONACULTA (The National Council for the Arts and Culture), the Chicago Office of Tourism, with support from the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the National Museum of Mexican Art, and the Consulate General of Mexico.
The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events is dedicated to promoting an ongoing celebration of the arts and supporting the people who create and sustain them.