High + Low: A Forty-Five Year Retrospective of D. Dominick Lombardi
Art and Design
College of Humanities and Fine Arts
This catalog contains information about the exhibition High + Low, a 45-year retrospective curated by T. Michael Martin, featuring 20 distinct chapters of the art career of D. Dominick Lombardi. The common thread throughout his work is his interest in blending together qualities of highbrow and lowbrow art, and experimentation with various media. His life-long journey began with his exposure to modern art when he first saw a reproduction of Picasso’s Guernica(1939) at the age of 3 or 4, and continued with his introduction to the seductive world of Zapcomix in 1968.
The exhibition begins with the Cyborgs, a science fiction based series depicting half human/half machine beings. It continues through his East Villagedays, his earliest forays into sculpture and kinetic art, and the repurposing of a multitude of found materials. A pivotal point in his art career was the Post Apocalyptic Tattooseries, which was prompted by his concerns for the environment and how it would impact our future. After the downturn in the economy in 2008, he began the Street Urchinseries that focused on the marginalized victims of that era. Most recently he has explored the social issues of our time referencing the roots of human morality, which later moved him to the inner city street sticker craze as his stimulus.
The Clara M. Eagle Gallery is located on the campus of Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky. The exhibition opens August 15th, and runs through September 22nd, 2019.
Martin, T. Michael, "High + Low: A Forty-Five Year Retrospective of D. Dominick Lombardi" (2019). Faculty & Staff Research and Creative Activity. 40.
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