Feelin' Like A Champ | Revenant Gallery | April 6 - May 4, 2018



Feelin' Like A Champ
Revenant Gallery
1913 S. Flores, San Antonio, TX
April 6 - May 4, 2018

Opening Receptions: 

Friday, April 6, 7 - 10 pm (Limited Edition Fiesta Medal Release)

Saturday, April 14, 7 - 11 pm (Performance at 8pm)

For his first solo exhibition at Revenant Gallery, multi-dimensional artist, Raul Gonzalez will transform the space into an immersive, energetic, and colorful installation, combining elements of mixed media abstract painting, video and live performances, and stencil-drawing prints.

In FEELIN’ LIKE A CHAMP, Raul Gonzalez has fun with exploring levels of achievement, drive, and winning. Raul plays with subjects such as sports, dance, mantras, and environment. Raul reflects on the Houston Astros winning their first World Series Championship, his recent 2-week studio residency at MASS MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) and now becoming a Featured Artist on Whataburger.com. 

The exhibition will include Raul’s cardboard panel and duct tape installations accompanied by video performances. In addition to the exhibition and in collaboration with Revenant Gallery, Raul has created a limited-edition Fiesta Medal, which combines color and design elements of the Astros, Spurs, and Whataburger with the mantra “Werk Hustle Sleep Repeat”. 







CURRENT & UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS


CURRENT & UPCOMING SOLO EXHIBITIONS


Feelin' Like A Champ
Revenant Gallery
1913 S. Flores, San Antonio, TX
April 6 - May 4, 2018

Opening Receptions: 

Friday, April 6, 7 - 10 pm (Limited Edition Fiesta Medal Release)

Saturday, April 14, 7 - 11 pm (Performance at 8pm)

For his first solo exhibition at Revenant Gallery, multi-dimensional artist, Raul Gonzalez will transform the space into an immersive, energetic, and colorful installation, combining elements of mixed media abstract painting, video and live performances, and stencil-drawing prints.

In FEELIN’ LIKE A CHAMP, Raul Gonzalez has fun with exploring levels of achievement, drive, and winning. Raul plays with subjects such as sports, dance, mantras, and environment. Raul reflects on the Houston Astros winning their first World Series Championship, his recent 2-week studio residency at MASS MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) and now becoming a Featured Artist on Whataburger.com. 

The exhibition will include Raul’s cardboard panel and duct tape installations accompanied by video performances. In addition to the exhibition and in collaboration with Revenant Gallery, Raul has created a limited-edition Fiesta Medal, which combines color and design elements of the Astros, Spurs, and Whataburger with the mantra “Werk Hustle Sleep Repeat”. 

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All About That Work
Forum 6 Contemporary | Houston, TX
Location: TBA
July 2018
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SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
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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
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Forum 6 Contemporary
Group Exhibition
Spring Street Studios
1824 Spring St. | Houston, TX 7707

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DOING WERK | FREIGHT GALLERY | DECEMBER 9, 2017 - JANUARY 31, 2018





Raul Gonzalez | DOING WERK
Freight Gallery & Studios
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 cities in 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.

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Opening Night Performance

Raul Gonzalez - Doing Werk (Raul dances to The xx - On Hold (Jamie XX Remix) from Raul Gonzalez on Vimeo.

DOING WORK | grayDUCK Gallery | November 3 - December 3, 2017



grayDUCK Gallery
DOING WORK
Exhibition Dates: November 4 – December 3, 2017
2213 E. Cesar Chavez St. | Austin, TX 78702

Saturday, November 4: 7:30pm

Artist Talk: Sunday, December 3, 2pm


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.

TACO, TEXAS





I was asked to perform a version of "Andy Warhol Eats a Hamburger".

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.