Jorge González’s practice serves as a platform for the recuperation of Boricua (Puerto Rican) material culture in an attempt to produce new narratives between the indigenous and the modern. His work has been exhibited internationally in exhibitions such as at the Chicago Architecture Biennial, Chicago, IL, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), Los Angeles, CA, The Whitney Museum, New York, NY, and in documenta 14, Kassel, Germany. In 2017, González was awarded the Davidoff Arts Initiative grant to be part of Escuela Flora in Bogotá.
Jorge González 2018-2019 Open-weave linen, mounted on a wooden rod 91.4 x 91.4 cm / 36 x 36 in $ 5,000 Made in collaboration with open-weave lacemaker Gina Beltrán, Voladoras, Moca, Puerto Rico, Can-jíbaro researcher Roberto Pérez-Reyes, Camuy, Puerto Rico and through discussions with the collective learning platform Escuela de Oficios
These new works build upon González's on-going series entitled Toali, named after the 3-pointed Taíno carved stones used to acknowledge ancestral spirits and act as offering for crop cultivation. The drawings representing these carved stones are made from lampblack, a black pigment made from soot, harvested by the artist. Also included is a selection of the artist's work recently included in the Chicago Architecture Biennial, consisting of woven mats, embroideries and hand-crafted stools and chairs for gathering.
Jorge González/Alice Chéveres 2019 Clay sourced from Morovis, Borikén Made in collaboration with Taller Cabachuelas, a collective learning crafts under the tutelage of the Taino-descendant craft-working family, the Chéveres $ 1,500
Jorge González/Alice Chéveres 2020 Clay sourced from Morovis, Borikén Made in collaboration with Taller Cabachuelas, a collective learning crafts under the tutelage of the Taino-descendant craft-working family, the Chéveres $ 1,000
Jorge González 2019 Photograph mounted in wooden frame From Puerto Rico. #1.2008-0926, MHAA: University of Puerto Rico. 60.9 x 45.7 x 3.8 cm / 24 x 18 x 1 1/2 in $ 3,500
Embajada was founded in October 2015 with the intention of spotlighting Puerto Rican artists within an international contemporary art dialogue. Embajada is the combination of an independent self-funded project space and a commercial gallery. The gallery exists as a diplomatic mission, creating political context through the use of aesthetic information and driven by the collaborative spirit. Embajada has mounted over 20 exhibitions, participated in numerous international contemporary art fairs and represents six diverse artists of Caribbean and Mexican descent.
Contact Embajada / Manuela Paz 917 769 9747 (WhatsApp)
Jorge González, Stone collar or mother goddess: Coatrisquie, 2019. Dedicated to Ivan Méndez © Max Torodigital Jorge González, Untitled, 2010. Photos courtesy of The Chicago Architecture Biennial, 2019