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Jonathan Gonzalez

Join home school at Yale Union on 16 Nov 2019, 5pm, for The Spiral, led by Jonathan Gonzalez. Free and open to the public.

The Spiral is a circulating conversation that occurs in iterations with varying collaborators on topics of place, post-humanity, and ecology initiated by Jonathan González’s as a continuation of their 2019 work, Lucifer Landing.

Jonathan González is an artist making at the intersections of performance and collaborative interdisciplinary practices based in their native New York City. Previously, an LMCC Workspace Resident, Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography Fellow, Jerome Foundation Fellow, and NARS Foundation International Resident. Their writings include, Maroonage: Elaborations on Performance, the Stage, and Staying Alive, Contact Quarterly Vol 44.2, and Black Bodies/White Boxes, Dancing While Black Digital Journal. Recent works include Lucifer Landing (MoMA PS1 & Abrons Arts Center), Illusion Procedures (Studio Museum in Harlem/Park Avenue Armory), Obeah adapted for 8mm film.

Lucifer Landing is the first in a series of works that conceptualize Blackness and post-anthropocentrism. In Lucifer Landing I, González takes the ideas of poet June Jordan and CHARAS as starting points to create an immersive environment in the VW Dome intended to function as an interactive model for sustainable living. Active in the Lower East Side during the 1970s, CHARAS was a collective founded on the ideas of Buckminster Fuller, proposing geodesic domes as an alternative model for social housing. Lucifer Landing I debuted at MoMA PS1 in April 2019, and Lucifer Landing II debuted at the Abron Arts Center in May 2019.

Jonathan’s work will also be on view in Not Total, an exhibition curated by home school opening 8 Nov 2019 at the Paragon Arts Gallery at the PCC Cascade Campus, featuring work Gonzalez, Rindon Johnson, and home school co-director manuel arturo abreu.

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