Capturing Nature: The Cement Sculpture of Dionicio Rodríguez (Rio Grande/Río Bravo: Borderlands Culture and Traditions)

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9781585446100: Capturing Nature: The Cement Sculpture of Dionicio Rodríguez (Rio Grande/Río Bravo: Borderlands Culture and Traditions)

Over a period of some twenty years, Mexican-born artisan Dionicio Rodríguez created imaginative sculptures of reinforced concrete that imitated the natural forms and textures of trees and rocks. He worked in eight different states from 1924 through the early 1950s but spent much of his early career in San Antonio, where several of his creations have become beloved landmarks. More than a dozen of Rodríguez’s works have been included on the National Register of Historic Places. Patsy Pittman Light has spent a decade documenting the trabajo rústico ( rustic work”) of Rodríguez, along with its antecedents in Europe and Mexico, and the subsequent work of those Rodríguez trained in San Antonio. Rodríguez’s unique and unusual art will fascinate those new to it and delight those to whom it is familiar. San Antonio sites such as the bus stop on Broadway, the faux bois bridge in Brackenridge Park, and the rocks” on the Miraflores Gate at the San Antonio Museum of Art, along with the Old Mill at T. R. Pugh Memorial Park in North Little Rock and Memorial Park Cemetery in Memphis, are just a few of the locations covered in this volume celebrating the life and work of a Latino artisan. Students and devotees of Texas and Southwestern art will welcome this book and its long-overdue appreciation of this artist. Additionally, this book will commend itself to those interested in Latino studies, art history, and folklore.

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Joy Tipping writes: San Antonio author Patsy Pittman Light has written the first-as far as she knows-comprehensive study of Mexican-born folk artist Dionicio Rodriguez, who spent much of his career in Texas and the Southwest.Ms. Light's book, Capturing Nature, published earlier this year, is also the first book about faux bois (literally, false wood, the artistic imitation of wood or wood grains)in the United States. Ms. light thoroughly conveys the charms of the art and the artist.

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It is a great honor to have my book, Capturing Nature; The Cement Sculpture of Dionicio Rodriguez>/i> receive the 2008 Texas Society of Architects Award for Excellelnce in the Promotion of Architecture throught the Media.

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