Instead of Eros Avenged | Mark Gonzales

Mark Gonzales is always in motion and his work is a real-time reflection of that unceasing movement, full of spur-of-the-moment, spontaneous gestures thrown out into the void that is the world that we all inhabit and have to live in and through | What seems ad hoc and instantaneous genuinely is, though there is also a often esoteric and complex set of underlying factors behind these creative effusions that come with literally always making things: drawings, poems, paintings, dolls, defaced newspapers, and in this case, photographs taken with that ubiquitous modern-day equivalent to the Kodak Brownie, the cell phone | Using Jerry Chadwick’s poem Instead of Eros Avenged as it’s jumping-off point – “Started to type / the first chapter / where green eyes / press into / grey eyes / like ivy on granite / and remembered / Lorca shot in spain / Richard Heakin beaten / to death outside / a tuscon gay bar / and decided / NO / there have been / enough deaths / already” – the pictures celebrate an improvised life with Gonzales posing with fans, training cats, hanging out with family and friends, doing wallrides, and even performing a boneless one sans socks | 300 Pages | 14 x 20 cm | Color Offset | First Edition, 2011 | www.nieves.ch

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