HOW TO: Lean Forward, Test Solutions

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HOW TO: Lean Forward, Test Solutions by GeoVanna Gonzalez
Opening Reception: September 30, 2017
September 30 – December 17, 2017
Location: 924 Vitrine, 924 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach


How To: Lean Forward, Test Solutions is a three-part landscape inside the glass vitrine at ArtCenter/South Florida. The installation is inspired by “how to” culture: a recent internet-led phenomenon that offers methods for obtaining knowledge conveniently, without personal human-to-human guidance, through instructional manuals, images, and videos. Gonzalez investigates the “how to” method by using and reimagining the poem Its really very easy to do good these days, from the series tutorials, written by Martin Jackson, as an instructional guide to  navigate throughout the installation. The segmented landscapes explore how aesthetics can be used as a strategy for survival in our local and global environments through simulation, adaptations and or camouflaging. For example, the branded water bottles that appear through the installation are used as a hydroponic system for growing plants; presented as sculptural objects; and as a subject in her video piece. The water bottle takes on different roles and shapes– it blends in– and in this way represents the adaptability of the body within the installation.

By way of this adaptability, this installation explores what it means if individual desires can be vectored, solved, or deleted at the click of a button. We choose modifications and alterations, aesthetic and social branding for ourselves in order to align or distance from certain classes, subcultures, or other groups in society. Now that this fragmentation of the self is easier than ever, what of us is left, what of us is real, what, or who, in reality, are we?

GeoVanna Gonzalez is a Miami-based artist and curator. Her practice explores shifting notions of gender and identity in our environment, and the relationships between the organic and the technological. She was born and raised in Los Angeles California where she received her BFA at Otis College of Art and Design. Previous to her time in Miami, GeoVanna lived in Berlin, Germany where she became a member of Coven Berlin, a queer feminist collective which produces exhibitions and events that focus on body politics, gender, labor, and art. Her upcoming exhibitions include Hollywood Art and Culture Center, Florida; Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin Germany; and NGBK, Berlin Germany.

As a curator, her most recent project was an international group show, ‘A New Prescription For Insomnia’ at Horse and Pony Fine Arts in Berlin Germany. The exhibition was featured in Artforum, Elephant Magazine, and Berlin Art Link. In 2016, GeoVanna was the Project Manager for the Berlin Art Prize and co-curated Unearthed with Dan Halm at Rockelmann & Gallery. She is also the Co-founder of READ WHAT YOU WANT! established in 2014.

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