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Julio Dominguez

Especially Good | Chainstitch embroidery using a Singer 114 hand cranked machine on car cover material | 2021

Artist Statement

Julio Dominguez is an industrial seamster, fabric artist, and electronic musician born in Lima Peru in 1967, who has been making art in Detroit since the early 90s. Julio gathers recycled materials and industrial byproducts to create vividly embroidered fabric caricatures. The subjects of his figurative works are informally adapted from Indigenous Pre-Inca Peruvian iconography, as well as from the various underground dance music subcultures of Detroit. His abstract works are buoyant and playful explorations of geometry, color, and texture that reflect his appreciation for the synchronized rhythms and wild timbres of techno, disco, synth pop, and industrial musics.
He has rescued and refurbished several hand cranked chainstitch embroidery machines, repurposing them for personal creative use and employing an array of self taught embroidery techniques, most prominently chainstitch and chenille to create delicate images out of thread, without the aid of computers.

Artwork/s at the following locations:
Detroit Artist Market
Galerie Camille
Scarab Club

Artist Website + Social Media:
Instagram @studioshopdetroit
Instagram @j.e.d.s

MR/QD Is Made Possible BY

Artists stipends made possible by Kresge Arts in Detroit

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About MR/QD

Mighty Real/Queer Detroit is an art exhibition in June 2022 devoted to 77 years (1945-2022) of Detroit LGBTQ+ art 

The exhibition presents a month-long historical examination of the diversity of the LGBTQ+ community and its longtime allies, featuring established & emerging Detroit artists, as well as artists whose careers were shortened by HIV/AIDS.

Mighty Real/Queer Detroit is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization committed to promoting positive and meaningful images of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community through artistic and intellectual means. © 2023. All Rights Reserved.