Joseph Madrigal: What lies

August 11 – September 17, 2014
Arrowhead Gallery

Cord by Joseph Madrigal, 2014, sculpture, 84 x 96 x 50 in.

Joseph Madrigal's Artist Statement:
My art practice and research is focused on material explorations orbiting around clay and ceramic processes. These material investigations are influenced by a deep interest in memory and bodily experience through habitual, sensual and erotic connectivity. My recent work has been focusing more in the domestic realm where the body and object collide and expand in both lived and imagined space. My aim is to find moments of shift, slippage and compression through material and conceptual relationships. Boundaries are permeable; the gap between body, object and space is separated by semantic distinctions. Clay is imbued with rich and varied histories with ceramic objects residing in the background of everyday life. Our relationships to this material and these objects, though often overlooked, are deeply seeded in a history of movement and display through utility and ornament. Ceramics has the advantage of already being there; it just needs to be seen and enacted. It crops up then fades into the background only to emerge once more. It is this perpetuity of emergence and connection to the body and materiality from which my practice is centered, expands and returns.

Joseph Madrigal received his B.F.A. from Miami University of Ohio concentrating in both painting and ceramics, and his M.F.A from Illinois State University in ceramics. He taught ceramics and sculpture at Kalamazoo College from 2009 to 2012. Currently, he’s an Assistant Professor at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa teaching courses in both ceramics and sculpture.

Lecture: September 18, 2014
in the Von Ohlen Hall, room 201, Sugar Grove Campus
All our lectures are free and open to the general public.

For more information about the art exhibitions at Waubonsee Community College, contact Cecilia Vargas, Art Coordinator, at (630) 466-7900, ext. 2964.


Art Department:

Art Coordinator:
Cecilia Vargas, Von Ohlen Hall 209
(630) 466-7900 ext. 2964

Art Lab Assistant:
Esther Espino, Von Ohlen Hall 240
(630) 466-7900 ext. 5742