Saturday, April 26, 2008

The Transfigurative and Esoteric Art of A. Andrew Gonzalez

The Oracle of the Pearl

Myspace gets a lot of bad press, but actually, there's a lot going on there with art and music. I was first exposed to myspace three years ago through my then seventeen-year-old son. His band had a myspace music page with over 40,000 "hits". They booked and went on an east coast tour of almost two weeks, as a result of connections made through myspace. I said to myself, "hey, there is something going on here." I created a couple of myspace music pages for myself; one for my blues guitar music, and one for some more recent largely electronic ambient music. Through surfing myspace, I have found a TON of great music that I would never have become aware of otherwise, and I have also discovered a lot of great artists as well. One of the artists I discovered on myspace is A. Andrew Gonzales.

From the artists' statement:
Feeling the need to contribute transformative images of beauty to the collective imagination, my imagery would develop an implicit antithesis to H. R. Giger's artwork. I felt driven to show in my work the liberation of the body and soul out of the dark depths of decay and perverse eroticism. By sublimating the erotic towards an angelic sensuality and by using ascension and rebirth symbolism, a sacred eros would emerge as the predominant theme of my work.

Gonzales' paintings are created with airbrushed acrylics on panel or canvas. Forms, values and highlighting are created by lifting pigment with an abrasive eraser, followed by the application of transparent layers of pigment.

(Click on images for a larger view)

Crescendo of the Heart

Magia of the Heart

Unio Mystica

Yemanja (The Awakening of the Heart)

1 comment:

Greg Hartman said...

Great blog Rick! I'll have to come back to absorb more...there is so much information.
Wow!; Gonzalez's work, intense and beautiful. Thanks for the exposure and visiting me.

The Best back to you from Seattle (Edmonds)!