Gisela Colon at Ace Gallery: Light & Space Art Gains Content

January 30, 2015 5:34 PM

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The best art works on many levels. Gisela Colon's recent solo show, entitled Pods, at Ace Gallery reminded me of this fact. Her bulbous vacuum-formed plastic wall sculptures are painted with a mysterious, pearlescent glow. They appear simple and colorful enough to engage just about any viewer. The work is not conventionally "pretty" but the artist saturates her color to be intensely seductive. She acknowledges that her Puerto Rican/German heritage seems to explain her fearless combining of explosive color combinations within the framework of reductive art. But all of this luscious surface appeal is just one of many layers in the work.

Lots of good art looks great on a sleek white wall in a large austere space. Colon delivers conceptual elements to make the formalism of her "pods" a complete art experience. In the art historical narrative, it has been art by men that demanded center stage while the gallery is the party that accomm...

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