Miguel A. Rodriguez
University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), 2004, MFA
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.