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Crowd

Crowd, 2014 - Wayne Gonzales

Crowd, 2014

Wayne Gonzales

Print
35.55 x 45.70 cm / 14 x 17.99 inch
Edition of 40 copies, signed and numbered by the artist
€2000

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  • Medium: Portfolio of five copper plate etchings printed on Hahnemühle 300 gsm, in a linen box.
  • The sheet size is 45,70 x 35.55 cm and the image size is 20.30 x 20.30.
  • This work is unframed.
  • Ships in 5 to 10 business days from Belgium.

about this work

A painter working with figuration and abstraction, deploying graphic strategies rooted in photography and print media, Wayne Gonzales’s complex artistic practice has spanned over twenty-five years.

Though they are visually inviting, his paintings remain open and elusive, characterised by layered subject matter and a sharp worldview, with political themes lurking beneath their meticulous surfaces.

Crowd, a new series of five copperplate etchings, expresses Gonzales’s ongoing fascination with the theme of our culture’s indeterminate mass. These prints show a group of houses (inspired by a Walker Evans photograph from the 1936 series American Photographs), a group of people bathing, parked cars, groups of people sitting and standing at the edge of a forest, perhaps waiting for a concert, a meeting, or a picnic. As with Gonzales’s large scale paintings, these images leave the viewer with more questions than answers. Technically, they are a series of landscapes, however these pictures seem to have been jarringly pried loose from genre and their original contexts—less appropriated than re-authored. In their detached state of beauty, this work suggests a burnished and weary reportage on our collective state of being. For this series of etchings—the artist’s first in over XX years, he applied scratches and cross-hatching directly to the copper plates to provide a diffused sense of light and dark, which paradoxically seems to add detail to the images. The portfolio’s five works take on a surprising and dynamic unity, despite the disparate content seen in each individual “frame.” 

about Wayne Gonzales

°1957, Louisiana (US) – lives and works in New York (US)

Wayne Gonzales works with figuration and abstraction, deploying graphic strategies rooted in photography and print media, Wayne Gonzales’s complex artistic practice has spanned over twenty-five years. The paintings are often made in groups or series, each of which is meant to be shown in relation to one another. Associative relationships build between the individual works, implying a larger narrative structure.

Though they are visually inviting, his paintings remain open and elusive, characterized by layered subject matter and a sharp worldview. Gonzales’s work often has notable social or political content, drawing on sources that range from found historical or contemporary photographs and documents to the artist’s own photographs.

Wayne Gonzales has had numerous solo exhibitions at venues such as the Centro de Arte Contemporane, Málaga; the New Orleans Museum of Art; Le Consortium, Dijon; and Mary Boone Gallery, New York. He participated in group exhibitions at, amongst others, Whitney Museum of Art, New York; Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Dallas Museum of Art; Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC; Moma PS1, New York; and Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna.

Wayne Gonzales is represented by the following galleries,
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Stephen Friedman Gallery, London  

Paula Cooper Gallery, New York 

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