Gonzalo Puch


March 16 - April 23, 2005

The Julie Saul Gallery is pleased to announce Spanish artist Gonzalo Puch's premier solo exhibition outside his native country. Puch lives in Madrid, teaches at the University in Cuenca, and is a native of Sevilla. He creates situations or "incidents", generally in neutral environments such as classrooms, or his own apartment, which he then records photographically and presents as large, color photographic prints. Although his working methods and environment are hermetic, the work itself addresses and tries to make order of the chaos of the world.

The five large prints which will be shown in our exhibition have all been created since 2002. They are linked to various traditional academic subjects such as math, science, music, biology and environmental studies. The settings are sparse and practical, well lit and benign. However, the events taking place are inscrutable rituals or quiet procedures which are both serious and comic. They appear to have their own logic in which we can recognize the elements, but not their organization, like words without syntax.

In "Globus" (also a self -portrait) Puch lies on the floor under a paper globe comprised of a collage of maps which have been recombined with no logical order, surrounded by tools and cords, and attempts to inflate it. In the earliest work from 2002, a young man is seated in front of vermillion wall covered in huge cutout numbers. He diligently cuts out additions to this nonsensical equation with great seriousness of intent. "For Sale", a nine foot mini eco environment constructed by Puch in his bedroom, links plants, animals and water systems in a world where all real estate is for sale.

Puch has been exhibiting in Spain since 1985, and in 2004 a major retrospective was held at the Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo in Sevilla, and in 2002 at the Fundacion Antonio Perez in Cuenca. His work is included in numerous collections in Spain including the Centro Nacional Reina Sofia, and the Arco and Coca-Cola Foundations in Madrid.

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