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ALTERATIONS: MENTAL MODEL

Opening Saturday February 9th 6-9pm; The Blue House Gallery is excited to present Juan Sí Gonzalez’s installation ALTERATIONS: MENTAL MODEL for our first exhibition of 2019!

From the Artist:

The photographs in this series register sudden glitches or gaps in transmission in the unrelenting traffic of media images. They are of television advertisements during those intervals in which the signal is interrupted and the emitted image breaks up, fragmenting until nearly disintegrating. What remains is a trail of digital information, a wake of drifting fragments and vestiges of images that retain some trace of that which has already precipitously disappeared.

In these photographs, I try to capture and document the digital trail left behind by an image in movement, its ephemeral trajectory from the recognizable to the abstract. From the visual detritus emerge new signifiers that evoke other subjectivities, other discourses, and other more static and contemplative temporalities. On being severed and extracted from their referents, the images are deactivated and emptied of their content and original purpose. In their estrangement, they engender new forms, a new visual syntax created with the intention of disrupting the intended order of representation and the mechanisms of persuasion.

From the very nature of the image I try to create counter-narratives that question the iconographic vocabulary and formulate a critical vision of its uses. Through this series I have developed a practice of personal resistance against perceptual distraction and the vertigo caused by excessive visual stimulation.

About the artist:

Juan-Sí González was born in Cuba and now lives and works in Dayton, Ohio. He is an interdisciplinary artist who chooses the media depending on the idea. He studied at the National School of the Arts and the Higher Institute of the Arts in Havana. After graduating in 1984, he was selected to participate in the first and second Havana Biennales. In 1987, he co-founded “Group Art-De” (standing for art and rights) and began doing interactive performances in the streets of Havana and underground videos to talk about social issues in Cuba. He left Cuba in 1993, supported by Amnesty International as a political refugee, and moved to Costa Rica and later to Miami, New York, and then Ohio, where his work has continued to have a social and political focus. He has lived in Ohio since 2003, during which time he has been awarded three Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Awards. He has also been invited to participate in a number of residencies and projects, including Spaces World Artists Program residency in Cleveland, an individual artist-in-residence project at Wittenberg University; a visiting artist interactive project at the Dayton Visual Arts Center, a visiting artist collaborative project at Sinclair Community College, a visiting artist residency at Kenyon College, and an interactive artist-in-residence project at Otterbein University. He has been selected to participate in the Bronx Latin American Art Biennial, 2016; El Museo del Barrio Biennial in New York, 2017; and the FotoFocus Biennial in Ohio, 2018. His work has been included in books, such as Memoria: Cuban Art of the 20th Century; An Island Apart: Cuban Artists in Exile; To and from Utopia in the New Cuban Art; Visual Global Cultures; Globalization and Contemporary Art; Artists in Purgatory: Cuban Artists in the Reynardus Collection; Arte no es Vida: Actions by Artists of the Americas 1960/2000; and Dangerous Moves: Politics and Performance in Cuba. He has exhibited at many prominent museums and institutions and is part of several private and public collections. 

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Exhibition Opens February 9th 6-9pm at The Blue House Gallery, 3325 Catalpa Drive, Dayton, Ohio 45405. Exhibition will run February 9th-February 28th. For more information feel free to contact The Blue House at thebluehousearts@gmail.com or by phone at 937-985-9252.