A deeper view of Boulder

Visual artist Diego Dominguez’s first piece in a series exploring the nature of reality in Boulder

By BLDRfly Staff Sep 27 2018

Editor’s Note: Spanish artist Diego Dominguez, who recently moved to Boulder, will be sharing his “11 places to visit in Boulder” series on BLDRfly. This is the first image in the series.

By Diego Dominguez

This piece is titled “28th and Iris, Boulder, CO” and is part of a series called “11 places to visit in Boulder.” Each piece in the series will be named for the exact address or intersection of the location depicted.

This image is meant to illustrate the reality of change and our relationship with it. Something we assume is fixed — the bus stop — is actually not. It will change, as everything does. At some point the chains will break — cultivating an understanding of this brings us closer to reality and a healthier relationship with the unsteady nature of change.

About the series

The line between what one considers real or imaginary lies exactly at a point we decide. In my work, that border is just beyond sight. Plato believed we live inside a never-ending, seamless and boundless screen that projects the real world beyond our grasp. I believe this is true, and the only way we can explore our universe is by recomposing reality to make it our own.

We constantly fold and unfold a picture we compose with the sounds, smell, feeling, sight of unreachable reality. In that process, other images appear.

In this series, I depict man-made places, because our reality is limited by our own perception and I want to emphasize that truth in these images. Could we escape from ourselves? I believe we can, but I really don’t know. This work doesn’t strive to answer questions, but pose them, stimulating the feelings of uncertainty and change.

This series is all about change, a tribute to that inevitable condition. I am happy this is going on in Boulder, where I live now. Things move fast here, and that means this is a place that is alive.

About Diego Dominguez: Diego and his family moved to Boulder from Madrid, Spain, this month. He creates pieces that focus on a permanent moving point. He believes reality is a projection of a real world we don’t have access to, as the greek philosopher Plato theorized. He uses photography, 3D and video as his tools and tries to create images that, while hyperreal in appearance have an abstract message. Born in Guadalajara, Spain, in 1969, Diego has lived in Madrid, Buenos Aires and Seattle. You can see more of his work here.