Artists Looking at Art Series | Clip of Performance 2 | McNay Art Museum




The McNay Art Museum
Artists Looking at Art: Raul Gonzalez
Portraits of a Working Artist

Performance 2
Show to Show
Saturday, June 11, 3PM - 5PM, 2016
A 4.6 mile dance trek from Radius Center to the McNay Art Museum - San Antonio

For the 2nd performance in Raul Gonzalez’s “Artists Looking at Art” exhibition/performance series, he will dance a 4.6 mile stretch from the Radius Center (106 Auditorium Circle) to the McNay Art Museum (6000 N. New Braunfels Ave) in San Antonio, Texas. Gonzalez will stop along the way to dance in front of random buildings and monuments and will engage with pedestrians along the way. 



Artist Notes
As a former long-distance runner, my body still needs to release vast amounts of energy through some sort of physical activity. While I continue to deal with pain from past running-related knee injuries and surgeries, I still crave that rush of energy and sense of achievement from endurance activities.

I wanted to find a way to combine my love of dance with something that requires a few extra steps. I decided I would “connect” my two current exhibitions – a 2-person show at Radius Center with the McNay Art Museum’s Artist Looking at Art series. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to challenge myself in the realm of art practice rather than athletic sports.

I also recently had a conversation with a friend about the work artists do in between shows – the things people never get to see. By that I mean long processes, hours of drawings, planning, thinking, destroying, rebuilding, laughing, sulking, etc. I knew this dance could be my outlet to express my own portrait of an artist working in between shows.

Full-time working artists have the desire and need to show their work on a regular basis. We want to find opportunities to show our art so we can continue the conversation we create with our work. We also do it so we can help support ourselves or our families. It’s not all glamorous but it’s definitely worth noting. This is my way of reflecting that experience.

Instead of just continuing the conversation my work has started, I also wanted to create a body of work that lends itself to work by other regional artists working in the same manner. The practice of using one’s body as a means to create a drawing or painting in time and space goes back decades.

If you look at what’s happening locally, you’ll see artists such as Jimmy James Canales who left his X mark on San Antonio by walking the city’s limits north to south, and east to west. Then you have Christie Blizard who jumps out of planes with paintings and walks around cities spray painting canvases on her back. Also, there’s the Houston-based duo of The Art Guys who most recently walked the busiest intersection in Houston for 8 hours straight.

“Show to Show” encapsulates all these ideas into what will be a 2-hour dance trek across the two streets I drive up and down every day. Austin Highway and Broadway have become my main arteries of travel in San Antonio since moving into our house in 2015. As often as I use Broadway to make my way to other parts of the city, it was destined to become part of my work.

Note: Performance length may alter depending on any unforeseen road incidents along the way.

June 7 - July 31 | Artists Looking at Art: Raul Gonzalez - Portraits of a Working Artist | The McNay Art Museum



Artists Looking at Art: Raul Gonzalez
Portraits of a Working Artist
June 7- July 31

The McNay Art Museum
6000 N. New Braunfels | San Antonio, TX

"Raul Gonzalez’s paintings, installations, and performances constantly evolve. His previous bodies of work were inspired by subjects including popular culture, his Latino heritage, personal struggles, and creative triumphs."
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Join me this summer at the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio,TX for my first ever solo museum exhibition. A body of my work will be featured for the months of June and July in the museum's Frost Octagon room.  I will also be performing 12 times inside and around the museum over the course of the exhibition.

 
June Performances and Artist Talk
dates|times


2-song performance in McNay Art Museum Lobby.
Music selection - SBTRKT and Disclosure

(A 4.6 mile dance from the Radius Center to the McNay Art Museum along Broadway Street and Austin Highway)




Friday, June 17, 1PM.    On the Regular
Friday, June 17, 1PM.    On the Regular
1-song performance in Frost Octagon.
Music selection -   Shamir – On the Regular


Saturday, June 18, 9AM.    Werk Out Session
Saturday, June 18, 9AM.    Werk Out Session
Artist will lead a 30 minute werk out on the McNay lawn.
Music will be all about dropping it like it’s hot.


Sunday, June 19, 2:00 pm.    Father’s Day Performance
Sunday, June 19, 2:00 pm.    Father’s Day Performance
T.B.A.

Saturday, June 25, 1PM – 1:10PM
Saturday, June 25, 1PM – 1:10PM
2-song performance in the McNay Marion Koogler Entrance Hall
Music selection - Grimes.

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July Performances


Sunday, July 3, 1:00pm -1:30pm.     All-American Beardo 
Sunday, July 3, 1:00pm -1:30pm.     All-American Beardo 
Artist will paint the American flag on his beard in the Frost Octagon gallery


 Sunday, July 10, 1:00pm – 1:05pm.     Superego
Sunday, July 10, 1:00pm – 1:05pm.     Superego
Artist will perform a 1-song dance in Frost Octagon gallery


Thursday, July 14, 7:30pm – 7:45pm       Untitled
Thursday, July 14, 7:30pm – 7:45pm       Untitled
The artist will perform a 3-song dance in McNay lobby.  
Performance will include a temporary painting installation.


Saturday, July 23, 9:00am – 9:30am    WERK OUT SESSION 2
Saturday, July 23, 9:00am – 9:30am    WERK OUT SESSION 2
30 minute dance aerobic werk out on McNay triangular median 
at the corner of Austin Highway and N. New Braunfels


Sunday, July 24, 12pm – 4pm        Spectacular Spectacular
                        (dance-floor installation in the lobby and parade around the driveway)
Sunday, July 24, 12pm – 4pm        Spectacular Spectacular
                        (dance-floor installation in the lobby and parade around the driveway)



Sunday, July 31 1:00pm – 1:05pm.      DO WORK.
Sunday, July 31 1:00pm – 1:05pm.      DO WERK.

For the last day of the exhibition, the artist will perform a 1-song performance in the Frost Octagon gallery. Performance will include a temporary installation.


March 25 - July 1 | This Is What It Feels Like | Braydon Gold & Raul Gonzalez | Radius Center


This Is What It Feels Like
March 25 - July 1, 2016

Opening Reception:
March 25, 6-9PM

The Radius Center
106 Auditorium Circle
San Antonio, TX

The Radius Center of San Antonio, Texas will be opening its doors on March 25, 2016 to showcase This Is What It Feels Like. On view through July 1, 2016, This Is What It Feels Like is an exhibition that features the artwork of Braydon Gold and Raul Gonzalez. Utilizing simplified elements such as color, shape, and basic mark making, these artists express personal struggles and complex sentiments through their abstracted paintings. By channeling emotional energy directly into their work, both artists aim to find deeper levels of clarity and tranquility within their lives.


Image:
Braydon Gold (top)
Raul Gonzalez (bottom)