Gonzalo 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. His
themes 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. Recently he has been working in the landscape more immediately
addressing environmental themes. 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.
Beginning in the fall of 2010, Puch maintained a year long artist's residency at Location One in New York. As the title of the resulting series.A Temporary Garden suggests, Puch's new work draws on the world of plants for its operative leit-motif. Leafy plants combine with busy line-drawings and assembled objects in one photograph; a bell pepper is carved into an ephemeral sculpture in another; and in yet another a twig and bits of colored thread are precariously organized into an image that brings to mind the traditional Chinese landscape drawing. In A Temporary Garden the line between the natural world and the world of artistic creation is not so much blurred as bridged -- as it is in fact in any garden.
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. His first solo exhibition in the United States was held at Julie Saul Gallery in 2005 and he subsequently entered the collection of the Blanton Museum at the University of Texas in Austin.