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






Press Release:

Please join us on Saturday December 9th 2017 at 7:00 pm as 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.