October 2, 2015 – February 7, 2016

Opening Reception: October 2  |  6 – 8pm

Rochester Art Center is thrilled to present José Dominguez: Ilumíname (Enlighten Me) as part of its RAC2: Local Artist Exhibition Series. In Ilumíname, Dominguez creates characters and scenarios influenced by childhood recollections of playing Lotería, a bingo-like traditional Mexican card game. The cards used in Lotería depict an outlandish collection of consequential characters from nature, mythology, and everyday objects. In this body of work, Dominguez begins to explore similarities between Lotería and other mystical cards, like the Tarot, and their ability to conjure and calculate fortune and misfortune. His drawings and paintings on found objects, like cardboard boxes and manila folders, effortlessly and authentically reveal the artist’s struggles with identity and faith.

José Dominguez lives and works in Winona, MN. His artistic practice spans drawing, typography, audio mixes, graphic stories and digital movies.  His past contributions include the founding of Three Brown Fools in Gym Class, a Winona artist collaborative, El Pueblo De Enmedio: Illusions Del Desert, Watkins Gallery, Winona State University, Let There Be Space: And There was Space, in Beijing, China, and Art Muse, Minneapolis, MN. Dominguez recently received his BFA degrees in Graphic Design and Studio Art from Winona State University.

RAC 2 supports talented artists throughout our region. RAC2 serves eleven counties including Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha, and Winona. With this series, RAC has broadened and diversified the creative opportunities for Rochester area artists as RAC’s professional staff serves both a curatorial and mentorship role, working directly with artists on realizing their vision throughout the implementation of a new project. This collaboration creates an enriching experience and an exciting program and venue for artists practicing in our area. It also offers the community the opportunity to celebrate local artistic achievement.

RAC2 is supported by Rochester Downtown Alliance, The Judy & Jim Sloan Foundation, and Maggie & Dr. Paul Scanlon. 

Illumíname (Enlighten Me) is organized by RAC and curated by Jovan C. Speller, Curator, Art & Education.