GeoVanna Gonzalez will be creating a special one-day activation of her modular sculpture PLAY, LAY, AYE for the Commuter Biennial in partnership with Friends of the Underline in October, featuring performance by Sydney Rabin. PLAY, LAY, AYE - ACT III explores the ability for something or someone to be simultaneously in flux and stable. Highlighted by the structures’ endless orientations, PLAY, LAY, AYE honors the intersectional realities of our identities. In each presentation, performance responds to this duality. Here, we hold space for artists and activists, POC, womxn, queer, trans and gender non-conforming folks, who navigate their art as a form of self-empowerment. For this iteration, the installation is laid out as a platform to navigate movement that is in conversation with the morphing space. These performances, momentarily catching the eye of the person sitting in their car during traffic, seemingly inconsequential encounters, become significant Taking us out of ourselves, and intensifying our sense of connectedness to worlds beyond our own.
“As an artist/curator, I am interested in working with ideas of translation, and forms of communication – and miscommunication – in today’s technological and consumer- driven culture. I’m interested in finding ways of opening up different and deeper ways of seeing-through, being in, and changing our environments/surroundings. I have a multidisciplinary practice where I experiment with materials to understand notions of tactility by transforming one material to look like another. The desire to transform materials is influenced by both organic and technological environments and the relationship to our shifting notions of gender and identity.
I construct and combine sculptures and installations, and use video and photography to recontextualize, obscure and interfere with how digital platforms curate and dictate the way we experience various and multiplying realities. I approach my work as a collective practice, always looking to work with and learn from others. I believe it’s vital to be intentional about the places we work in, live in, and share together. I enjoy working in and revealing the possibilities around us by finding uncommon spaces for showing and creating art along with wanting to create benefits for other creatives by working outside of institutional spaces.” - GeoVanna Gonzalez