Gonzalez will be Swiffering, dancing to a specially curated playlist and touching up the Main Space gallery at Artpace, where his exhibit, Front and Back, and Side to Side is currently on display.
"For this performance, I want to treat the space as an office or home that needs cleaning, or one that needs maintaining," Gonzalez said. "I can recall Saturday mornings spent cleaning our family’s apartment alongside my mom and two younger sisters. My mom would pop in her cassettes and jam her favorite songs on the home stereo. She often played Tejano, new wave, and pop dance songs."
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- Artist Raul Gonzalez takes inspiration for his performance from childhood memories and his experiences as a stay-at-home father.
Front and Back, and Side to Side was inspired by the light and shadows in the Main Space itself, as well as the rhythms of hip hop and disco music Gonzalez listened to while applying duct tape and cardboard to the room.
"One of my earliest memories of using bright colors was when I was about two or three years old," Gonzalez said. "[My mom] once brought me home some really nice highlighters that I drew with for weeks. Little did I know that color scheme would continue to evolve throughout my artwork. Here I am in my thirties using bright-neon duct tape to create immersive installation."
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