contemporary art gallery yusto / giner presents ‘architecture for resistance’, the first solo exhibition of spanish artist dionisio gonzález in malaga. the
show is structured around two of gonzález’ series of surrealist
photographic manipulations, ‘dauphin island’ and ‘inter-actions’, both
of which express fantasy landscapes integrated within an urban fabric. a
fascination with architecture — a trademark theme that runs throughout
gonzález’ oeuvre — and his concern for the social sphere have led him on
a lasting search for physical sites where chaos and beauty coexist. the
examples he has found include dauphin island, land located in the gulf
of mexico which suffers from incessant and devastating hurricanes.
impressed by the vitality of its inhabitants to repeatedly recover from
what nature destroys, dionisio has been motivated to design habitable
and sustainable constructions, like real futuristic forts made of iron
and concrete, replacing unstable wood. the meticulously manipulated
dwellings intend to provide answers to the problems of the world and as
the artist explains, ‘give shape to new habitable structures in the vacuums in the perception of spaces that had previously been devastated’.
a second series of fictional recreations is ‘inter-actions’, a sequence which proposes a relationship between humans and the environment, establishing a use of natural resources by the inhabitants. these black and white images describe buildings grafted to the environment, literally rooted to the earth they are situated on.