Raul Gonzalez | DOING WERK
Freight Gallery & Studios1913 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.PRESS:
San Antonio Current:
The show's images of construction work and fatherhood challenge expectations of masculinity, domesticity, immigrant work, and art.
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