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Gisela Colón: Glo-Pods

DATE: Sunday Aug. 28, 2016 - Sunday Feb. 12, 2017

TIME: All Day

LOCATION: Castellani Art Museum

Niagara University Campus, Niagara University, NY, 14109, Niagara County

Gisela Colón’s Glo-Pods are made of blow-molded plastic and have a swelling, asymmetrical geometry that suggests both organic and liquid forms. The sculptures’ inner core of iridescent, reflective pigment creates the experience of colored light emanating from within. Colón says, “These are autonomous, non-representational objects that provide a perceptual experience of light, color, and space. The viewer encounters a ‘different’ object each time he or she sees a piece, since the interior colors are constantly morphing, depending on lighting conditions and the angle at which they are viewed. These objects have the consistent qualities of their asymmetrical, biomorphic forms, and the radiant, colored light embedded within them. Although it is non-referential, this work has an organic feeling, like a cell that is alive and pulsating with energy, growing and mutating.”

Colón drew her inspiration for the Glo-Pods series from the work of the Light-and-Space and Fetish/Finish art movements that had begun in southern California in the 1960s. Colón responded to their focus on perception and to the creation of minimalist forms infused with light and color. An important influence was DeWain Valentine, whose sculptures were in cast plastic meld form and color. In 2012, Colón’s initial sculptural works were long, bulging forms in blow-molded plastic, whose concave interior was spray painted, often in three gradually changing colors. In what she describes as a “breakthrough”, towards the end of that year Colón began her on-going series of Glo-Pods by embedding luminous color within the curving, biomorphic forms.

Colón has shown her work extensively nationally and internationally. Her solo exhibitions include Nye + Brown, Los Angeles; Museum of Art & History, Lancaster, CA; and QUINT, La Jolla, CA. Her group exhibitions include “Smooth Operations: Substance and Surface in Southern California”, Museum of Art & History; and “Spectra”, San Diego State University. In 2014 she will have solo exhibitions at NYEHAUS, New York and Galerie Lausberg, Dusseldorf, Germany, and will participate in “California Dreaming: The Los Angeles Aesthetic” at the Villa Di Donato, Naples, Italy.

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