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Paragon on State hosts ‘Minimalist @ Large’

July 1, 1993

Closing reception for Axel Cruz’s exhibit set for Friday, Feb. 11

Paragon on State will host a closing reception for Axel Cruz’s “Minimalist @ Large” show from 5 to 9 p.m., Friday, Feb. 11. This collection of works showcases Cruz’s extraordinary ability as a minimalist.

Cruz’s current body of work is an amalgamation of sculpture and painting. The works consist of Raku-fired porcelain, cast bronze, or cast paper combined with constructed or curved panels. These pieces range in size and message, though most are large and convey a dramatic yet subtle presence.

Axel Cruz, a self-taught artist, sculptor and instructor, is one of Rockford’s more innovative hometown artists. His work reflects inspiration gathered from the dream world, from the world of man’s construction, from nature, and from literature and music.

The Winter Show also features a new grouping of wheel-thrown Raku-fired pottery for which the artist was formerly known. These pieces reflect a simple earthiness.

Cruz, a nationally recognized award-winning artist, is truly dedicated to his art. It is a full-time vocation for him, enabling him to explore ever-evolving new directions in art creation and expression.

Although Cruz shows his work nationally, he says, “Rockford is where I come home to create. The simple life I am able to live in Rockford is woven through my work.”

The Friday show at Paragon, 205 W. State St., is open to the public. you can meet and talk to the artist. All art will be for sale, and commissioned artworks considered.

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