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




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Freight Gallery Press Release:

Beginning Saturday December 9th 2017 Raul Gonzalez brings his new series of work to Freight Gallery. Raul Gonzalez is a prolific artist whose personal mantra is “Werk, Hustle, Sleep, Repeat”. Whether it is meticulous drawings of graphite and ballpoint, complex abstracts, or Energizer Bunnyesque dance performances,  Gonzalez is rarely a body at rest. It is no wonder then to see him pulling double duty with his latest series entitled, “Doing Werk”. In Doing Werk Gonzalez draws on his seemingly endless well of skill and energy to create an exhibition that illuminates two subjects that deeply inform his practice: being the progeny of hard working immigrants, and being a stay at home father to two vibrant girls. Through a variety of media that includes ink, concrete, and sweat Gonzalez presents two parallel yet intertwined narratives that both engage and challenge the preconceived notions of what it means to be the son of immigrants, an artist, and a father.

The exhibition will also include a dance performance that embodies both the narrative and emotional expression that Gonzalez cannot capture within drawings and paintings. The dances blend ideas of abstract expressionism with pop culture, electronic dance music and werkin it.

In addition to the exhibition proper there will be a panel discussion with Alana J Coates, Auriel Garza, and Gabriella Boschi Scott who are contributing essays to a catalogue of the work presented therein.

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. 

PRESS:

San Antonio Current:


Austin Chronicle:
The show's images of construction work and fatherhood challenge expectations of masculinity, domesticity, immigrant work, and art.



Glasstire:
Top Five: November 30, 2017
http://glasstire.com/2017/11/30/top-five-november-30-2017/

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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.

SHOWS & NEWS

SOLO EXHIBITIONS


DOING WORK
grayDUCK Gallery
2213 East Cesar Chavez | Austin, TX
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 4, 7-10PM
Performance at 8PM
Exhibition Dates: November 3 - December 3, 2017
Artist Talk: Sunday, December 3, 2PM
Additional Performances: November 11 & 12 (East Austin Studio Tour)

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DOING WERK
Freight Gallery
1913 South Flores St | San Antonio, TX
Opening Reception: Satuday December 9, 7-10PM
Exhibition Dates: December 9, 2017 - January 31, 2018

Doing Work/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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TBA
Revenant Gallery
San Antonio, TX
April 1 - April 30, 2018
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TBA
Forum 6 Contemporary
Houston, TX
May 1 - May 31, 2018
Opening Reception: Saturday May 12
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SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

Build Hope Not Walls
October 13 - October 15, 2017
Opening Reception: October 13, 7-10pm

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Common Currents
Artpace San Antonio
445 North Main Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78205
January 18 - March 4, 2018

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CAN YOU FEEL THAT? | Miami University | September 7 - October 10

MIAMI UNIVERSITY 
ROBERT E. & MARTHA HULL LEE GALLERY
RAUL GONZALEZ
CAN YOU FEEL THAT? 
SEPTEMBER 7 - OCTOBER 10

Thursday, September 21 | Reception for the Artists: 4:00–5:00 p.m.;
 Lecture: 5:50 p.m., ART 100
124 Art Building
Oxford, OH 45056





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.

The Tangled Intersection of Art-Making and Care-Taking

The Tangled Intersection of Art-Making and Care-Taking, an artist discussion panel where five South Texas Artist/Mothers and myself will answer questions about our artistic process, recent work, and the uneasy balance of contemporary parenting and art-making


Moderated by Jenny Browne, San Antonio Poet Laureate, the panel discussion will include five Artist/Mothers from the recent The MotherHouse show, Brenda L Burmeister, Julia Barbosa Landois, Emily Fleisher, Yuliana Lanina, and Amber Ortega-Perez, with special guest Artist/Father Raúl Gónzalez.



MotherHouse Parent-Artist Panel Discussion from Raul Gonzalez on Vimeo.
Monday, May 22, 2017
Plaza de Armes - San Antonio, TX

Password: motherhouse

PURE ENERGY | Presa House Gallery | June 2 - June 30, 2017


Image:
Details from works in exhibition:
Top: (Crop) of "A Mountain With No Ending"
Bottom: (Crop) of Dance Floor Installation

PURE ENERGY
JUNE 2 - JUNE 30
PRESA HOUSE GALLERY
725 S. PRESA ST, SAN ANTONIO, TX 78210













Raul dances to "Defeated No More" by Disclosure (12 second clip)

photos courtesy Jenelle Esparza and myself