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Miguel A. Rodriguez

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Super-GOAMERICA kitty, 2006 Ceramic, Enamel 14"x 9" X 9" © miguel rodriguez
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OWLS, 2008 Cast Plaster, Enamel 21" X 11" X 13" © miguel rodriguez
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...but way more fresha #2, 2008 Cast Plaster 25" X 11" X 13" © miguel rodriguez
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...but way more fresha #3, 2008 Cast Plaster, Auto-paint 25" X 11" X 13" © miguel rodriguez
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opinionista, 2008 Cast Plaster, Enamel 41"x 30" X 13" (each) © miguel rodriguez
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Pretty Patty's REDUX (Main Gallery, Las Vegas), June 2008 Mixed Variable © miguel rodriguez
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uberRED opinionista, 2008 Cast Plaster, Auto-paint 40"x 30"x 13" © miguel rodriguez
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AUSTRALOPITHECUS IN REPOSE, Feb-April 2009 Mixed Variable © miguel rodriguez
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AUSTRALOPITHECUS IN REPOSE detail, April 2009 Mixed Variable © miguel rodriguez
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AUSTRALOPITHECUS IN REPOSE, April 2009 Mixed Variable © miguel rodriguez
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AUSTRALOPITHECUS IN REPOSE, April 2009 Mixed Variable © miguel rodriguez
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LV-ennui WARPAINT series, 2009 Cast Plaster, Latex Paint 31" X 22" X 11" © miguel rodriguez
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LV BEAVER (Wetlands Park, Las Vegas, NV), 2008 Cast Concrete, Conrete Paint 7' X 4' X 9' © miguel rodriguez
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Bufo woodhousii (Wetlands Park, Las Vegas, NV), 2008 Cast Concrete, Concretepaint 4.5' X 5' X 6' © miguel rodriguez
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CALI KINGSNKE, 2008 Cast Concrete, Concrete Paint Variable © miguel rodriguez
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it's a skinny bitch buffet , 2006 Ceramic, Enamel 46" X 26" X 15" © miguel rodriguez
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el CORAZON detail, 2009 Foam, Plastic, Autopaint Variable © miguel rodriguez
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slowbleeds, 2008 Cast Plaster, Enamel 42'x 31"x 13" © miguel rodriguez
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LV-ennui WARPAINT series #4, 2009 Cast Plaster 35" 22" 8" © miguel rodriguez
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Lv-ennui WARPAINT series #2, 2009 Cast Plaster 35' 22" 8" © miguel rodriguez
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Lv ennui WARPAINT series, 2009 Cast Plaster 35" X22" X 8" © miguel rodriguez
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Dead or Alive,Your Coming with Me., September 09 Mixed Variable © Miguel Rodriguez
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Dead or Alive, You're Coming with Me, September 09 Mixed Variable © Miguel rodriguez
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Dead or Alive... (installation view), Sept 09 Mixed Variable © Miguel Rodriguez
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"flipped LID", sept 09 Cast Plaster and Spray Enamel 42" X 30" X 14" © Miguel Rodriguez
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infinity mirror #1 , septmber 09 MDF, LED Lights, Mirror , Lexan, 18" X 53" X 3" © Miguel
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Slowbleed, sept 09 Cast Plaster, Latex Paint 41" X 31", X 9" © Miguel Rodriguez
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"Give 'em hellephant, Sept 09 Hand Carved Solid EPS Foam, Hardcoat, Latex Paint 78" X 84" X 35" © Miguel Rodriguez
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Wichita , Kansas
Birth year
1977
Lives in
Las Vegas
Works in
Las Vegas
Schools
Kansas City Art Institute, 2000, BFA (ceramics)
UNLV, 2004, MFA
Tags
pop, mixed-media, realism, installation, graffiti/street-art, figurative, sculpture
Statement

 

 

Popular culture, politics, current events and social archetypes are a life long obsession for me. All of which I take to heart in ways that create persistent anxiety. I want to turn away from it all, but I can't and won't.                                    

My vision is one of grandeur where themes of socio-political commentary, mortality and emotional drama are woven into iconic imagery that expresses an innate sense of populism and vernacular aesthetic.                                                                       

By using bright complimentary color and smooth sparkling surfaces I hope to endow my sculptures with an inner light and luminescence inspired as much by Bernini and the Illuminated Manuscripts as by Hot Rods and Low-Riders.  I am genuinely trying to capture something sublime.

I use molds and the repeated image as a "force multiplier", a military term that describe weapons and technology that greatly increase the efficacy of an individual soldier. One big face staring back at you may be kind of creepy, but hopefully 14 of them will scare the crap out of you.                                                              

 When exhibiting my work a consorted effort is made to create a social- secular-sacred-space that allows for a "theatrical" exaltation of a given metaphor or overarching theme. Essentially, I am creating a stage for the drama inherent in my sculptures to play out.  The challenge for me is to create works of art and installations that pull upon the same emotional and intellectual strings as do cathedrals, modern movies, television and the internets.