Feelin' Like A Champ Revenant Gallery
1913 S. Flores, San Antonio, TX
April 1 - April 30, 2018 Opening Receptions: Friday, April 6, Time TBA (Limited Edition Fiesta Medal Release) Saturday, April 14, 7:00 - 11 pm (Performance at 8pm) _____________________________
All About That Work
Forum 6 Contemporary
1824 Spring St., Houston, TX
May 12 – June 3, 2018
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 12, 6:00 - 9:00 PM Artist Performance at 8:00 PM
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS _________________________
Common Currents Artpace San Antonio 445 North Main Avenue, San Antonio, TX 78205 January 18 - March 4, 2018 Opening Reception: Thursday, January 18, 6:00 - 8:00 PM _________________ Dream Week 2018 My History, My Home District 3 Art Gallery The Bode Center Community Room 901 Rigsby Ave | San Antonio, TX January 19, 6:00 - 8:00 PM _________________
VOZ Selections from the UTSA Art Collection curated by Arturo Almeida Centro de Artes Gallery 101 S. Santa Rosa | San Antonio, TX February 8 - June 10, 2018 Opening Reception: Thursday, February 8, 6:00 - 9:00 PM _______________
Images of Power Freight Gallery
1913 S. Flores St | San Antonio, TX
February 10 - February 24, 2018 Opening Reception: February 10, 7:00 - 11:00 PM Art Discussion: February 24, 6:00 PM ________________________________________
I am excited to announce the release of a limited edition catalogue featuring artwork from my DOING WORK & DOING WERK solo exhibitions at grayDUCK Gallery in Austin and Freight Gallery & Studios in San Antonio.
The 80-page 10” x 10” catalogue features brilliantly detailed images of my most recent work, which depicts construction work and fatherhood in a way that challenges expectations of masculinity, domesticity, immigrant work, and art. The catalogue also highlights my performance art practice from 2013 through the present.
Essays by guest contributors Alana Coates (gallerist, educator and independent curator), Auriel May Garza (art historian, curator and gallerist), and Gabriella Boschi Scott (art historian, educator and curator) provide context and insight into my life and work.
70 of the limited edition 100 signed and numbered catalogues are still available.
Doing Work/Doing Werk exhibitions and the accompanying catalogue were supported in part by the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures, the City of San Antonio Department of Arts & Culture, and Southwest Airlines through a grant from the NALAC Fund for the Arts.
1913 S. Flores, San Antonio, TX Closing Reception: Saturday, January 13,2018, 5:30pm - 11pm
Artist Talk/Panel Discussion and Catalogue Release: 5:30 p.m - 6:15pm
Artist Performance at 7:30 p.m.
Exhibition on view through January 31, 2018
DOING WERK, an
exhibition by multidisciplinary artist Raul Gonzalez, continues at Freight
Gallery in San Antonio through January 31. The show features two bodies of
paintings and drawings created to help shift public perception of working class
immigrants and the role of stay-at-home fathers. DOING WERK is also about eliminating stereotypes about fatherhood,
gender roles, masculinity, and identity.
The closing reception will include an artist talk/panel discussion
and a dance performance by Gonzalez. It will also serve as the release party
for a catalogue about the work.
The artist talk/panel discussion will include the contributors
featured in the catalogue: Alana Coates (gallerist, educator, and independent
curator), Auriel May Garza (art historian, curator, and gallerist), and
Gabriella Boschi Scott (art historian, educator, and curator).
Gonzalez pays homage to the immigrants, like his father, who
build our citiesin a series of
detailed mixed-media drawings on painted concrete fragments and other
construction site objects. This work is paired with a second series of
drawing-painting combinations that shares Gonzalez’s personal experiences as an
artist and stay-at-home father to two young daughters.
“One way to resist racism and stereotyping is to give people
an alternative viewpoint,” shares Gonzalez.
Doing Werk is
supported in part by the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures, the
City of San Antonio Department of Arts & Culture, and Southwest Airlines
through a grant from the NALAC Fund for the Arts.
One way to resist racism and stereotyping is to give people an alternative viewpoint. DOING WORK is a presentation of two bodies of paintings and drawings that were created to help shift public perception of working class immigrants and the role of stay-at-home fathers.
First, a series of detailed mixed-media drawings on painted concrete fragments and other construction site objects reflect sentiments of the working class, immigrants and current events. Individuals are often underpaid, under privileged and over worked because of their immigration status or ethnicity. This is my way of paying respect to those who build and otherwise improve our cities.
The second series consists of drawing-painting combinations that share my experiences being an artist and full-time dad to two daughters. Fathers are far too often portrayed as clueless parents and nurturers. I want to show what being a dad is like for me. I take the time to make sure our daughters are raised and mentored in a way that builds their character and confidence.
Now that I am a parent, my artwork gives me a better understanding of my parents. My mom, who passed away two and half years ago, was a stay-at-home-mother and babysitter for most of her life. My dad, who is 62, still works construction 40-48 hours a week and puts in overtime at various weekend jobs so he can send money to family back in Mexico. Some people learn about culture, traditions or languages from their parents. I mostly learned about work.
The exhibition will include three dance performances that embody both the narrative and emotional expression that I cannot capture within the drawings and paintings. The dances blend ideas of abstract expressionism with pop culture, electronic dance music and werkin it.
Doing Work is supported in part by the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures, the City of San Antonio Department of Arts & Culture, and Southwest Airlines through a grant from the NALAC Fund for the Arts.
Filmmaker by Jorgen Leth made a film called 66 scenes from America. One of those scenes was of Andy Warhol eating a burger. At the end of the video, the caption
reads "Burger, New York". From what I gather, Warhol agreed to be part of the film because he believed everyone who eats fast food is enjoying the same thing. It doesn't matter whether you're a Hollywood actor, a homeless person, or a middle school kid, a burger from McDonald's or Burger King is exactly the same for each person.
After considering several ideas, I knew I had to include two things to personalize the performance. Those two things were parenting and tacos.