George Rodriguez

George Rodriguez
2009
George Rodriguez grew up in El Paso, TX. He received a BFA in ceramics from the University of El Paso, TX as well as an MFA in from the University of Washington, Seattle, WA. His large scale ceramic figures are both playful and serious, while engaging the viewer.

 

Heyday Guardians

Heyday Guardians, 2009

Ceramics

Heyday Guardians are the keepers of playfulness and fun, as George considers a toy store a sacred place for kids.   Oversized, these ceramic figures reach out to visitors with outstretched hands holding various toys, inviting the viewer to play.

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Instrumental Divide in window, George Rodriguez

Instrumental Divide , 2009

Ceramics

Instrumental Divide was George’s MFA thesis work and was first shown in the Henry Gallery, Seattle, WA.  Each of the nine larger-than-life ceramic Mariachi Band figures plays an instrument and is dressed in traditional clothes.  For George, these bands were often present at large gatherings, as a part of the local culture.  His lively depiction of them is a reminder of childhood, as well as celebration.

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