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GISELA COLÓN (American, b. 1966 Vancouver, Canada, raised 1967 San Juan, Puerto Rico) is a contemporary artist who has developed a practice of Organic Minimalism, an idiosyncratic sculptural language imbuing life-like qualities into reductive forms. Oscillating between masculine and feminine, primitive and futuristic, liquid and solid, fecund and phallic, inert and biological, Colon's objects possess a confluence of polarities that take the minimal object to a new frontier, a new world where the man-made becomes alive in a post-human ontological reality. 

 

Colón approaches her sculptural practice from the expansive perspective of phenomenological concerns, addressing physical laws of the universe such as gravity, time, movement, energy and transformation. Colón's vocabulary of organic forms and humanized geometries, embody a feeling of energy, movement and growth, that stems in a broader sense from the artist's connection to the Earth, the vital energy that pervades all living organisms, and the extensive, infinite forces that rule the cosmological realm.

Colón’s oeuvre is the result of a synthesis of pointed historical reflection and pure visceral raw energy. Her practice of Organic Minimalism simultaneously expands and challenges the legacies of Light and Space, Minimalism and Latin American Op and Kinetic Art, merging industrial inertness with transformative biological mutability. Her sensual, gender-ambiguous sculptural forms further connect her practice to a history of female artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Yayoi Kusama, Linda Benglis and Judy Chicago. By channeling Bourgeois’ notions of sexualized energies and Chicago’s nascent feminist atmospheric works, Colón similarly posits her sculptures as vehicles for conversion of classic masculine forms into feminized power.

 

Colón’s merger of scientifically advanced technologies and materials with naturally-occurring in vita properties places her squarely in the current international discourse of contemporary sculpture. Contemporaries such as Olafur Eliasson, Alicja Kwade, Jose Davila, and other practitioners, alongside Colon, integrate the use of ubiquitous industrial materials of the Anthropocene era with the palpable tension of the laws of physics that pervade the invisible world around us.


Born to a German mother and Puerto Rican father, Colón was raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico (since 1967), and attended University of Puerto Rico (BA 1987). She identifies an early influence of Latin American OpArt and Kinetic artists such as Jésus Rafael Soto and Carlos Cruz-Diez. Her sculptural work continues a conversation with Latin American geometric modernism and the legacy of OpArt. In 2019, as part of that continuing dialogue, Colón's work was presented alongside the work of Carlos Cruz-Diez in Brussels, Belgium.

Colón moved from Puerto Rico to her adoptive home-city of Los Angeles to attend graduate school at Southwestern University (JD 1990). Her life in Los Angeles exposed her to the ideals and practices of the California Light and Space movement. Her friendship with several of the artists of that movement, such as DeWain Valentine, Mary Corse, Peter Alexander, Larry Bell, etc., and the theories of Robert Irwin, James Turrell, Judy Chicago, and others, have influenced her sculptural practice, increasing her focus on issues of visual perception, materiality, and gender.

Colón also has been influenced by Minimalism, particularly the work of Donald Judd, Dan Flavin, Agnes Martin, amongst others. Colon credits the writings of Donald Judd and frequent visits to Chinati, Marfa, Texas, and Judd’s 101 Spring Street studio, as important to the development of the theories underlying her practice. 

GISELA COLÓN’s sculpture resides in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles, CA; Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD), San Diego, CA; Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), Miami, FL; Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA; Grand Rapids Museum of Art (GRAM), Grand Rapids, MI; and the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, MO, amongst others. Colón’s work was recently on view in 2019 in the exhibition Crystals in Art: Ancient to Today, at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, and will be presented in important upcoming institutional exhibitions such as Perception Shift: New Approaches to Light, Color, and Space in Contemporary Art at the Mint Museum, North Carolina (2020); and the traveling exhibition Light, Space, Surface: Southern California Art From LACMA’s Collection at the Frist Art Museum, Nashville, TN (2021), Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Massachusetts (2021-2022), and The Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, Florida (2022). Colon lives and works in Los Angeles.

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Gisela Colón

b. 1966 Vancouver, B.C., Canada
Lives and works in Los Angeles, California

 

 

EDUCATION

​1987     University of Puerto Rico, B.A., magna cum laude

1986     Harry S. Truman Scholarship Congressional Award

1990     Southwestern University School of Law, J.D

 

SELECT SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2020    GISELA COLÓN: META MINIMAL, Gavlak Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 

2019    HYPER-MINIMAL, Peyrassol Sculpture Park, Flassans-sur-Issole, France
           HYPER-MINIMAL, GISELA COLON & CARLOS CRUZ-DIEZ, Galerie Valerie Bach, La Patinoire Royale,                         Brussels, Belgium
           GISELA COLÓN: PODS, Hilliard Art Museum, Lafayette, LA 
           GISELA COLÓN: THE NEW MINIMAL, Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, FL

2018    GISELA COLÓN: PODS, Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, MO

            PODS, South Dakota Art Museum, Brookings, SD

            ZONA MACO, Mexico City, Mexico, Solo Presentation @ Diane Rosenstein

            GISELA COLÓN: NEW SCULPTURE, Diane Rosenstein, Los Angeles, CA 

2017    PODS, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, TX

            GISELA COLÓN: ATMOSPHERES, McClain Gallery, Houston, TX

            PODS, Museum of Arts and Sciences, Macon, GA

            HYPER-MINIMAL, Diane Rosenstein Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2016    PODS, Castellani Art Museum, Niagara, NY
            PODS, International Museum of Art & Science, McAllen, TX

2015    PODS, The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH

            PODS, ACE Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA

2014     COLORIMETRY, Museum of Art & History (MOAH), Lancaster, CA     

2013     GLO-PODS, Quint Gallery, San Diego, CA

2012     PODS, Museum of Art & History (MOAH), Lancaster, CA

             LARGE PODS, Nye + Brown, Los Angeles, CA

 

SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2022    (forthcoming) LIGHT, SPACE, SURFACE: SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ART FROM LACMA'S COLLECTION, The              Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL
2021    (forthcoming) LIGHT, SPACE, SURFACE: SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ART FROM LACMA'S                                            COLLECTION, Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA
           LIGHT, SPACE, SURFACE: SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ART FROM LACMA'S COLLECTION, Frist Art Museum,             Nashville, TN
2020    PERCEPTION SHIFT: NEW APPROACHES TO LIGHT, COLOR, AND SPACE IN CONTEMPORARY ART, 

            The Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC

2019   INAUGURAL GROUP EXHIBITION, Gavlak Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
          CRYSTALS IN ART: ANCIENT TO TODAY, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR
          THE EDGE OF LIGHT: HISTORIC AND CONTEMPORARY PERSPECTIVES ON                                                              CALIFORNIA ABSTRACTION, Huntington

          Beach Art Center, Huntington Beach, CA 

          EXPO CHICAGO, Gavlak Gallery, Chicago, IL
          PLASTIC ENTANGLEMENTS: ECOLOGY AESTHETICS MATERIALS, Chazen Museum of Art, University of                    Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI 
          LA BIENNALE PARIS, La Patinoire Royale-Galerie Valerie Bach, Paris, France
          MADE IN CALIFORNIA: CONTEMPORARY ART FROM THE FREDERICK WEISMAN ART FOUNDATION, Barrett

          Art Gallery

          Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, CA
          BRAVE NEW WORLDS: EXPLORATIONS OF SPACE, Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA
          PLASTIC ENTANGLEMENTS: ECOLOGY AESTHETICS MATERIALS, Smith College Museum of Art,                              Northampton, MA
          CARLOS CRUZ-DIEZ & GISELA COLÓN, Galerie Valerie Bach, BRAFA, Tour & Taxis, Brussels, Belgium

2018   THE BUNKER ARTSPACE: COLLECTION OF BETH RUDIN DEWOODY, New Wave Art Wknd, Palm     

           Beach, FL

           INAUGURAL GROUP EXHIBITION, GAVLAK Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida

           PLASTIC ENTANGLEMENTS: ECOLOGY AESTHETICS MATERIALS, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art,       

           University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

           RADIANT SPACE, Lesley University College of Art & Design, Cambridge, MA

           WATER AND LIGHT, Ochi Gallery, Ketchum, ID

           DALLAS ART FAIR, Dallas, Texas, McClain Gallery

           PLASTIC ENTANGLEMENTS: ECOLOGY AESTHETICS MATERIALS, Palmer Museum of Art, Penn      

           State, Pennsylvania

2017   CALIFORNIA DREAMING: CONTEMPORARY ART FROM THE WEISMAN FOUNDATION, Fredrick R.       

           Weisman Museum of Art, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA

           CALIFORNIA CONNECTIONS: SELECTIONS FROM THE MUSEUM CONTEMPORARY ART SAN      

           DIEGO (MCASD), The California Center for the Arts Museum, Escondido, CA

           PERMANENT COLLECTION, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA

           TRANS-ANGELES: CROSSOVER EXPERIMENTATION, Neuer Kunstverein, Kunstlanding,      

           Aschaffenburg, Germany

           ON THE ROAD: AMERICAN ABSTRACTION, David Klein Gallery, Detroit, MI

2016   COLLECTION, Museum of Art & History, Lancaster, CA

           PAST/PRESENT/FUTURE, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, MI

           RADIANT SPACE, McClain Gallery, Houston, TX

           MADE IN CALIFORNIA: SELECTIONS FROM THE WEISMAN FOUNDATION, Mana Contemporary, NJ
           TRANS-ANGELES: CROSSOVER EXPERIMENTATION, Chabot Museum, Rotterdam, The        

           Netherlands

2015   MADE IN CALIFORNIA: SELECTIONS FROM THE WEISMAN FOUNDATION, Mana Contemporary   

           @ Art Basel Miami, FL

           ATMOSPHERIC ABSTRACTION, Quint Gallery, San Diego, CA

2014   TRANS-ANGELES: CROSSOVER EXPERIMENTATION, Kunstmuseum Wilhelm-Morgner    

           Haus, Soest, Germany

           LIGHT & SPACE SELECTIONS, ACE Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

 

2013    SPECTRA, San Diego State University, Downtown Gallery, San Diego, CA

            JUBILAUMSAUSSTELLUNG, Galerie Lausberg, Düsseldorf, Germany

2012    SMOOTH OPERATIONS: SUBSTANCE AND SURFACE IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ART, Museum of        

            Art & History, Lancaster, CA ​

 

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COLLECTIONS

The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio

Castellani Art Museum, Niagara, New York

Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, Missouri

Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM), Grand Rapids, Michigan

Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, California

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles, California

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD), San Diego, California

Museum of Art and History (MOAH), Lancaster, California

Palm Springs Art Museum (PSAM), Palm Springs, California

Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), Miami, Florida

The Fredrick R. Weisman Foundation

The Jarl Mohn Family Foundation

The Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection

Michael Straus Foundation

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