Gisela Colon is an artist who is very conscious of her own historical lineage and position within an ongoing dialogue on light and space. She expands the dialogue on space composition by introducing a strong kinaesthetic element we cannot see until we physically interact with her sculptures, by moving around them to change the iridescent colors and mysterious forms which emanate from within.
Her sculptures continually mutate which gives them a more organic quality than her predecessor’s work. Rather than a static lens looking out at an external world, her sculptures have a dynamic interior life which is set in motion by the viewer’s movements — recalling transformational processes we observe walking in nature.
This organic overlay expands the dialogue on minimalist concerns and use of industrial materials by introducing a more fluid quality, which also blurs sexual divisions. Colon is clearly paying an homage to her Light and Space and Minimalist predecessors but she adds a contemporary feminine twist to the dialogue.
Her love of fecund shapes obviously relates to female organic forms like pods, cocoons and vessels that generate new life resembling pupa and larva.
Colon was initially known for riffing on Craig Kauffman’s signature bubble forms, but came into her own by introducing these prenatal forms into his geometric economy — giving them a fertile interior life. But Colon makes a quantum leap with her free-standing monolith sculptures.
These new works are a further play on gender fluidity because she transforms male phallic shapes into female noni shapes by combining diaphanous, internal floating forms, in a play on monumentality and delicacy – which recalls the sexual ambiguity of Louise Bourgeois’ witty sculptures.
Colon captures the élan of our times in her dynamic minimalist sculptures by demonstrating that sexuality is a spectrum and that as an artist she is not constrained by outmoded gender definitions.
She owns her freedom to explore lessons she learns from studying both art and life itself. Colon embraces the legacy of her male predecessors and invigorates this history with her own instinctive understanding of female body rhythms. It is a powerful alchemy for creating sculpture which is unashamedly beautiful.