Wayne Gonzales’ work navigates the shifting ground between representation and abstraction, the photographic and the painterly. Since he started showing in the mid-nineties, Gonzales has largely taken photographic images as his sources, investing them with renewed psychological depth. Breaking down images and re-constructing them with a technique owing as much to digital precision as to the vagaries of the painter’s hand, Gonzales unsettles our received notions of what images mean and creates a blank space onto which the viewer can project his or her own subjectivity.
Gonzales has had solo exhibitions at galleries and institutions including Paula Cooper Gallery in New York, Mason Gross Galleries at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, Gallery Seomi in Seoul, and Stephen Friedman Gallery in London. His work has been shown in various venues worldwide including P.S.1 Center for Contemporary Art (now MoMA PS1) in New York, Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, Kunsthalle Wien, Fonds régional d'art contemporain in Dôle, and Consortium in Dijon.
Courtesy of Paula Cooper Gallery