Butler Institute of American Art Glo-Pods exhibit opens


Staff report

YOUNGSTOWN

Los Angeles-based artist Gisela Colon’s Glo-Pods exhibition opens Sunday at the Butler Institute of American Art, and runs through Dec. 31.

Colon’s radiant Glo-Pods use glowing colors to draw the viewer in, and then move, shift and change completely, depending on the viewer’s movements. The sculptural objects appear to offer a gateway into realms beyond the physical.

Colon evolved as an artist in the theories and practice of the historic Light-and-Space and Finish/Fetish movements, or Perceptualism, as art theorist Robert Irwin so named these artistic styles, which are integrally associated with southern California.

Though she has taken inspiration and technical lessons from such prominent artists as James Turrell and DeWain Valentine, Colon has expanded the principles of perceptual ambiguity and created original artworks with a powerful physical and psychological presence.

In her Glo-Pods, Colon has fused Op art, Light-and-Space art, Pop Art and global art trends in a synthesis of contemporary beauty.

Colon has shown her work extensively both nationally and internationally.

Her solo exhibitions include Nye & Brown, LA; Museum of Art and History, Lancaster, Calif.; and Quint, La Jolla, Calif.

Earlier this year, she had a major solo exhibition of large-scale sculptures at Ace Gallery in LA.

After the Glo-Pods exhibit ends its run at the Butler, it will then move to Kent State University’s School of Art galleries from Jan. 19 to Feb. 19.

Subsequent venues include the International Museum of Art and Science, McAllen, Texas; Castellani Art Museum, Niagara, N.Y.; Museum of Arts and Sciences, Macon, Ga.; and the Roswell Museum and Art Center, N.M.

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