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NEW YORK—The Paula Cooper Gallery is pleased to present selections from a body of work by Wayne Gonzales dealing with real estate.
In the selected works, Gonzales considers the politics of real estate, presenting paintings of exclusive locations such as tropical resorts, expensive restaurants and luxury condominiums. The canvases, based on found images from the Internet, suggest opulent lifestyles and leisure, but the spaces they depict are devoid of any human presence, appearing as eerie props, or empty shells for the spectacle of affluence. The palette of greens veers sharply from the soothing quality traditionally attached to this color in popular psychology. Rather, the works read like landscapes bathed in a toxic light. Collectively, the paintings function like a critical lens on contemporary representations of wealth, status, and desire.
Wayne Gonzales was born in New Orleans in 1957. His work has been shown in various international venues including P.S.1 Center for Contemporary Art, New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna; the Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain, Dôle; and the Consortium, Dijon, France. Gonzales is represented in public and private collections in the United States and Europe, most notably the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and the Neuberger Museum of Art. Gonzales lives and works in New York.