GISELA COLÓN (b. 1966) is an American contemporary artist who has developed a unique sculptural language of Organic Minimalism, breathing life-like qualities into reductive forms. Operating at the intersection of art and science, Colón is best known for her pristine light-activated sculptures, created with innovative materials of the 21st century, such as optical acrylics and aerospace carbon fiber.
Colón has simultaneously challenged, deconstructed and expanded upon the predominantly male-dominated western canon of minimalism and its west coast counterpart, the light and space movement. Colón's vocabulary of organic forms and humanized geometries, embody a sense of energy, movement, transformation, and growth, that stems in a broader sense from the artist's connection to the Earth, the vital energy that pervades all living organisms, and the extensive, infinite forces that rule the cosmological realm. Through in vita properties, Colon's sculptural practice addresses phenomenology and the laws of physics such as gravity, time, movement, change and transformation. Oscillating between masculine and feminine, primitive and futuristic, liquid and solid, fecund and phallic, inert and biological, Colón's objects possess a confluence of polarities that take the minimal object to a new frontier, a world where the man-made becomes alive in a post-human ontological reality.
Colón has exhibited internationally throughout the United States, Europe, and the Middle East. Most recently, Colón presented a monumental site-specific installation in the Land Art Biennial, Desert X AlUla 2020 in Saudi Arabia. Her work is currently on view at the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, Virginia in the exhibition A Very Anxious Feeling: Voices of Unrest in the American Experience, and at the Mint Museum in North Carolina in the exhibition In Vivid Color: Pushing the Boundaries of Perception in Contemporary Art. In 2021, Colon will have a solo presentation at the TEPHRA Institute of Contemporary Art in the Washington DC area, and her work will be included in the traveling exhibition Light, Space, Surface: Southern California Art From LACMA’s Collection at the Frist Art Museum, Nashville, TN (2021), Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Massachusetts (2021-2022), and The Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, Florida (2022).
Gisela Colón’s work resides in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles, CA; Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD), San Diego, CA; Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), Miami, FL; Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA; Grand Rapids Museum of Art (GRAM), Grand Rapids, MI; and the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, MO, amongst others.
Originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico, the artist now lives and works in Los Angeles, California.