Conversation with the Artist: Carlos Jesus Martinez Dominguez

Carlos J. Martinez

Carlos J. Martinez

Pequot Library hosts Conversation with the Artist: Carlos Jesus Martinez Dominguez on Friday, Dec. 11, from noon-1. The program proves to be dynamic, educational, and possibly even controversial. The public is invited to Lunch and Learn with Washington Heights, NYC-based artist Carlos Jesus Martinez Dominguez. This program is free and all are welcome.

This will be a fascinating conversation with a contemporary artist as he discusses his mixed-media collage, titled We Call Him Colon Nosotros le llamamos Colon, which was created in response to Pequot Library’s “Pages from Pequot” exhibition, Exploring America: Christopher Columbus. Dominquez’s talk will inspire debate, inquiry, interaction, and will engage the audience.

Mixed media collage,  We Call Him Colon Nosotros le llamamos Colon

Mixed media collage, We Call Him Colon Nosotros le llamamos Colon

To create his mixed-media collage, Martinez copied images from Pequot Library’s exhibition and either juxtaposed Columbus’s image with poignant questions such as “Idiot Savant?”or obliterated Columbus’s image entirely adding the face of a Dominican carnival mask of the devil. This portrayal adds insight to what the artist says is “the complexity of the blunt thievery and genocide that resulted from Columbus’s discoveries.” The public will learn new and different points of view about Christopher Columbus.

The artist says that before he was a visual artist he was a debater. “I am a creative person who loves to draw, but I also love to engage in conversations about identity, and how we identify ourselves as a nation, and as people with different ethnicities.” Carlos Jesus Martinez Dominguez is an artist who draws inspiration from the cultures and related histories of Hip Hop, NYC, and the Caribbean. He was born in North Carolina, USA, in 1976. “My work conveys my anxiety and my thrill regarding history, how that history presently manifests itself, and the present’s implications for the future. While I have much respect and pride for my cultures, I would rather shine a bright light on things some believe we should re-analyze as opposed to playing the cheerleader for them.”

His work has been showcased in the exhibition, Caribbean: Crossroads of the World spanning three museums: the Studio Museum in Harlem and El Museo del Barrio, both in Manhattan, and across the East River at the Queens Museum of Art. In size, cultural scope, and freshness of material, the three-museum exhibition was the biggest art event of its kind in New York, itself one of the largest Caribbean-populated cities. Mr. Martinez is also a Museum Educator and a Teaching Artist at The Mechanical Art and Design (MAD) Museum, El Museo del Barrio, and the Romare Bearden Foundation, all in New York City.

Pages from Pequot: Exploring Columbus runs until Friday, January 15, 2016 and features material from Pequot Library’s Special Collections. On view are rare books about Christopher Columbus and his expeditions including a facsimile of a letter he wrote about his journey in 1492. The original is in the Pequot Library Collection at Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University. Come listen, lunch, and learn from the artist’s talk, Conversation with the Artist: Carlos Jesus Martinez Dominguez, on Friday, December 11, at noon, at Pequot Library.

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