During his residency, González will be expanding on a series of works from Ayacabo Guarocoel, an installation that grows through a series of exchanges, based on readings, conversations, and workshops, for Pacha, Llaqta, Wasichay: Indigenous Space, Modern Architecture, New Art, currently on view at the Whitney Museum of American Art. The works proposed by González for Artists Alliance, Inc. at the Clemente relate to his interest in openwork fabric, a traditional needlework of Puerto Rico. For the past several months, González has worked collectively in learning and employing this technique, through an exercise of translating indigenous motifs from Taíno ceremonial artifacts. For his work in the residency, González will consider Clemente Soto Vélez’ proposition for Spanish Grammar (phonetic method).
Jorge González received his BFA from the Puerto Rico School of Visual Arts in 2006. In 2012, he was invited to La Practica, a nine-month residency program at the San Juan based non-profit Beta-Local and has worked with them since to forge pedagogical connections with the public university system of Puerto Rico. In 2015, as part of Beta Local’s residency at ISCP, González was invited to New York for a presentation on his practice. González has exhibited internationally including Art Rio (2012) curated by Pablo Leon de la Barra and Julieta González, el Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña (2014), Die Ecke (2015) in Chile, Kunsthalle Osnabruek, Germany (2015), and SITELines, the 2016 SITE Santa Fe Biennial. Last year González participated in the spring 2017 Davidoff Residency Program in Bogota and was included in documenta, Kassel 14 in a program hosted by ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) entitled Under the Mango Tree: Ulterior Sites of Learning, a gathering, and publication that addressed new sites for learning. Gonzalez is currently included in the group show Pacha, Llaqta, Wasichay: Indigenous Space, Modern Architecture, New Art curated by Marcela Guerrero at the Whitney Museum through September 30.