December 2 - 27, 2016
Reception: Friday, December 2, 2016; 6 - 9pm
Rueben Gonzales is a local DFW artist who currently works in Marketing & Communications for The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Gonzales earned his BFA in 2008 from the University of Texas at Arlington and is also currently an exhibiting fine art photographer and designer. His influences include Mexican artist Frida Khalo and photographers Robert & Shana ParkeHarrison.
Gonzales creates conceptual works that respond to the spiritual, religious and cultural relationship of humans as they exist within nature and within the time spent there between life and death.
Gonzales' works feature images with purposely ethnical and cultural ambiguous subjects, frequently the "New Everyman", which lend to stripping away preconceived notions and allow the viewer to connect to the image and create an internal dialogue about what is being presented.
Five series, "Piete", "Abstracts in Nature Flora", "Absorbed", “Human Nature Flora” and "Ramona's Spring" take you from the human struggle, confusion of life, acceptance in death, and finally beauty, in the cycle to tie all the pieces together. Black and white images, abstract in nature, with design elements and intentional color use are juxtaposed with vibrant color images to allow for the creation of a visual narrative. The narratives draw inspiration from renaissance classical, religious iconographic, and abstract conceptual art, all of which culminate into thoughtful, painterly images.