Rodriguez’s handcrafted ceramics on display at Magic Gardens

The large-scale handcrafted ceramic sculptures of Texas native George Rodriguez will be on display in the galleries at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, 1020 South St., starting on July 21.

Born and raised in El Paso, Rodriguez creates large-scale decorative ceramic sculptures addressing his identity and community as a Mexican-American artist. 

On display through Sept. 10, the exhibition “In Unison,” is described as a bridge between the past and present through symbols and imagery tied to his personal histories, collaboration and community. 

Rodriguez creates grand guardian figures, tomb sculptures and shrines that depict his community members as ancient relics. Through collaboration, Rodriguez creates sculptures inspired by his peers and invites these artists to paint these ceramic works using their personal techniques. The collaborative works Rodriguez creates with his peers and mentors in the ceramic community are showcased alongside works inspired by the long-term relationships that influence his practice. The large scale of these works encourages community building by inspiring celebration and personal connections.

Rodriguez’s work can be found in various permanent collections, including the National Mexican Museum of Art in Chicago, the Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Museum of Sweden.

An opening reception will be held at Magic Gardens on July 21 from 6-9 p.m. A Tour & Talk with George Rodriguez will be on July 25 from 6-8 p.m.