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NEW YORK—The Paula Cooper Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings by Wayne Gonzales. The exhibition will be on view beginning October 30, 2009 at 521 West 21st Street.

Wayne Gonzales’ work navigates the shifting ground between representation and abstraction, the photographic and the painterly. Since he started showing in the mid-nineties, Gonzales has largely taken photographic images as his sources, investing them with renewed psychological depth. Breaking down images and re-constructing them with a technique owing as much to digital precision as to the vagaries of the painter’s hand, Gonzales unsettles our received notions of what images mean and creates a blank space onto which the viewer can project his or her own subjectivity.

Wayne Gonzales was born in New Orleans in 1957. His work has been shown in various international venues including P.S.1 Center for Contemporary Art, New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna; the Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain, Dôle; and the Consortium, Dijon, France. Gonzales is represented in public and private collections in the United States and Europe, most notably the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and the Neuberger Museum of Art. Gonzales lives and works in New York.

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