Dialectical Landscape - Thinking Central Park
Exhibition: 5 Jul – 27 Aug 2017
Wed 5 Jul 18:00 - 20:00
121 Orchard Street
10002 New York
Dialectic Landscape – Thinking Central Park
July 5 – August 27, 2017
Opening reception on Wednesday, July 5th from 6pm-8pm
Dionisio Gonzàlez fifth solo exhibition at Galerie Richard New York is about New York City through two Series of works: Dialectic Landscape and Thinking Central Park.
Skyscrapers and Cental Park co-exist dialectically. "Central Park is essentially a void. A 4000 x 800-metre void. It was conceived on the basis of an idea of spatiality where density was to be developed, but it is the density of the buildings of Manhattan, in their hyper-developmentalism, that has traced out that recreational rectangle for the dispersion of homo faber. That is, the park is a void because it works as a courtyard inside the urban prisonization" (1).
Citing Walter Benjamin, Adorno, Horkheimer, and Robert Smithson's article "Frederick Law Olmsted and the Dialectic Landscape", the artist considers Central Park and new York landscape as a place indifferent to any formal ideals, a place for multiplicity, opportunism and unexpected creativity.
The Dialectic Landscape is a series of six small black and white extraordinary New York City landscapes.
Each work envisions a specific focus: The extension of Central Park downtown on top of the buildings, another Central Park on top of Buildings directed West-East Manhattan, Super High line pedestrian elevated paths, superelevated modern subways at high speed, and so on. It is a city with different heights of frameworks and activities, a city three-dimensionally connected.
We would like to see much more as they open and stimulate the mental field of imagination and possibilities to the viewers. Dialectic Landscape is obviously his most Digital photographic works. The amount of transformation from various images in order to create these artworks suppose so much work, dedication, and perseverance.
As much as Dionisio González create new empty spaces in the already dense urban landscape In "Dialectic Landscape", in "Thinking Central Park" he fills the empty space of Central Park with four refuges: " Based on four visions of Central Park: Walter Benjamin, Robert Smithson, J.D. Salinger and Lady Gaga, the idea of the refuge is proposed as a monument and aerial extension of the park by the way of a dialectical resource" (1). The term refuge is perfect as they don't have an obvious specific use, they stand with a moderate size comparatively to the landscape of Central Park. Although they might look like space ships from aliens, people in the park obviously feel used to them as part of the wonders of Central Park. The inclusion of these refuges is perfect in consideration of the landscape as well as the place of the people involved in it. "Lady Gaga's Belvedere" on Central Park Lake is worth seeing.
Dionisio González lives and works in Seville. His work has been exhibited in many prestigious institutions and museums including The Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, The Museo Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCCA), Toronto, the Museo de Arte de Sao Paulo (MASP), The Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogotá (MAMBO), The Museum of Contemporary Art, Bordeaux.