ISCP TalkJune 2, 2015
Jorge González: Understory
Artist Jorge González will present several projects including a video, a structure of botanical specimens, and various archival documents. In addition, González will be conversing with local fabricators and artisans, encouraging an open distribution of knowledge−ranging from oral history, ancestral techniques, and collective practices−not only to enliven the gallery space, but also to foster an ongoing learning environment. The subtitle for this event, “understory,” is an ecological term that refers to plant life that grows beneath a forest’s canopy, at the same height where standing conversations might take place.
González is based in Puerto Rico, and this is his first exhibition in New York. His activities at ISCP are a component of Beta-Local’s institutional residency, which began in April. González’s work is rooted in gathering knowledge about land use and artisanal practices. His ongoing activities include the study of botany, archival procedures, oral history, and tropical modernist architecture. Since 2012, he has worked with Beta-Local to forge pedagogical connections with the public university system of Puerto Rico.