New Paintings and Works on Paper. The works in the show are all of rectangular format. Colors are restricted to two combinations: black on white and red on green backgrounds. A few works are composites: a green and red rectangle juxtaposed with a black and white one forms an unexpected hybrid.
New Paintings and Works on Paper
Cristinerose | Josee Bienvenu Gallery is pleased to announce Teo Gonzalez's second solo show in New York. The exhibition presents a new body of paintings and works on paper.
Teo Gonzalez's paintings consist of thousands of individual drops of enamel paint on canvas. Organized within a grid, the variation of drop size and density creates subtle shifts of rhythm and pattern within each painting.
The works in the show are all of rectangular format. Colors are restricted to two combinations: black on white and red on green backgrounds. A few works are composites: a green and red rectangle juxtaposed with a black and white one forms an unexpected hybrid.
Teo Gonzalez is engaged in a tight mathematical and chemical game of drops on grids. He likes to quantify and control the reaction of enamel paint on acrylic surfaces and to observe the dissolution of a glossy medium on a mat background. His choice and combination of colors is not an aesthetic decision, it is determined by the compatibility between the two mediums, which varies from one pigment to the next.
A faint grid traced in graphite is the departure point. Then, drops identify cells. The drops are made of an almost clear liquid with dark nuclei. They look like individual cells microscopically enlarged, then multiplied by the thousands across the rectangular picture surface. Each is different and appears to have been spread by some biological process. As a painting evolves, patterns expand and contract within the framework, much as happens when cells reproduce.
The population of drops evokes a sampling of blips of information in DNA lab tests. Each one dries differently, making the grid flash with unplanned optical pulses. A range of sizes is combined and the rules are pushed to their extreme point of dissolution in the works on paper: micro drops on micro grids, drops so close and small they almost disappear into each other.
The rigor of the process causes minute variations in shape, color and texture to register with considerable force. The titles denote not only the count of drops per painting and the nature of the pigments used as in earlier works, but also the gauge of the grid. (i.e.: Untitled #275 (3,000 Black on White 10 and Direct 10 Gauge 5-2.5-1.67-1.25 mm), 2003, 12 x 12 inches, acrylic, pigment, acrylic enamel on canvas).
Teo GonzÃ¡lez was born in Zaragoza, Spain, in 1964. He received his BFA from California State University, Bakersfield, and currently lives in Brooklyn. His work has been included in numerous exhibitions throughout the United States and Spain.
Opening: Thursday January 22 from 6 to 8 pm
Untitled #275 (3,000 Black on White 10 and direct 10 Gauges 5-2.5-1.67-1.25 mm), 2003, acrylic and enamel on canvas, 12 x 12 inches (detail)
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