The work I make arises from social systems and their relationship to content: quick shelter cement for refugees, plexiglas used in forensic studies, poplar and paint in American houses, bureaucratic forms used in asylum granting, etc.
My work questions the way in which governments have self-exiled immigrants, asylum seekers and refugees in societies that remove all agency from the people, moving decision making away from them in relationship to their freedom, ability to negotiate social upheaval and creating a situation for them to reconsider their employment, religion and family under the framework of ‘politics’.
The aim is not for audiences to feel sympathy, rather it is for them to embody a sense of empathy as masses of people navigate across borders through oppressive systems that are originally intended to help them. My experiences in the uncertainty of our current situation in the U.S. has led my work to be more concerned about the situation of immigrants and asylum seekers internationally. This serves to make use of the space and time that a viewer allows for conversation. We must be humble with each other and listen as much as we can. We must share our spaces to give voice to those that cannot.
Born in El Paso, TX, I grew up on the other side of the border in Cd. Juarez, Chih. Mex. I have moved around a lot during my developmental years. Because of this, my interests deal with the hyperdiasporic nature of our modern world and its impact on cultural capital as masses of people are forced to relocate globally. What does art do to discuss these issues? More importantly, what art needs to exist for these issues to dissipate?
In attempting to remove myself from the artwork via data sets, I make works that shed light on information systems available to all and yet sought after by very few. I aim to present the viewer as a subject of the data set they encounter when they see my work. In this way, I want to enact, not sympathy, but empathy in the viewer towards the subject of their attention, those around them, and themselves.
Currently, I have been working on representations of data and violence and the anachronistic values of data in regards to people, their identities and self.
Óscar González-Díaz (US/MX) holds an MFA (2017) in Fiber and Material Studies from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago and a BA in Philosophy and Linguistics from The University of Texas at El Paso. He has exhibited in the USA, Mexico, Germany and S. Korea. He lives in Chicago, IL., enjoys discussions about wallpapers and occasional displays of human kindness.
2017 MFA in Fiber & Material Studies - The School of the Art Institute of Chicago,Chicago, IL2010 BA in Linguistics, Philosophy - The University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso,TX
2018 City of Chicago's DCASE Grant - Individual Artists Program - Chicago, IL.
2017 SAIC Berlin Residency - Berlin, Germany2017 Edes Fellowship (finalist) - Chicago, IL2015-17 SAIC Merit Scholarship2016 The School of the Art Institute of Chicago President’s Office Research Grant
2017 Reichstag Blue – Kanzlei, Berlin, DE.2017 US & Them – The Stolbun, Chicago, IL.
2018 We Were Raised on The Internet- Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago -Chicago, IL (Curated by Omar Kholeif)
2018 Living Architecture - 6018North - Chicago, IL. (Curated by Tricia Van Eck)
2018 Memory Palace - Circle Contemporary - Chicago, IL. (Curated by Nina
2018 Southwest - TCC Gallery, Chicago. IL.2017 We Are Friends - Pressestelle - Berlin, DE2017 Chicago 9 – Prizm - Miami, FL. (curated by William Cordova)2017 Not In My Name – EXPO Chicago - Chicago, IL.2017 SAIC MFA Show – Sullivan Galleries - Chicago, IL.2017 Cit.i.zen - SUGS Gallery – Chicago, IL.2016 New Works Show – Sullivan Galleries– Chicago, IL.2016 Synergic Forms – SUGS Gallery – Chicago, IL.
2018 DiasporaX - Chicago Latinx diaspora online/offline networks and resources2018 LEAN Artist Chicago Community Project with Jeremy Bailey, Chicago, IL.2017 Comp… Dumpling! Exit Seminar (experimental writing), Chicago, IL.
2018 HATCH Residency - Chicago Artists Coalition, Chicago, IL
2018 LEAN Artist Chicago - Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL2017 SAIC Berlin Residency at the Institut für Alles Mögliche - Berlin, DE
2015 – 2017 The Art Institute of Chicago - Teacher Asst. Adv. Print Fibers2013 – 2017 EF Education First - English Head Instructor2010 – 2013 CHUNGDAHM Learning - Academic Coordinator/ Lecturer
2018 Harlequin Forest – The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, Mar. 27.
2017 Nocturnal - Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL. Oct. 2.2017 Diasporas of Self-Exile – Institut für Alles Mögliche, Berlin, DE. Sep. 22.2017 Passing & Crossing – Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, IL. May 5.2017 Immigration/ in migration – The School of The Art Institute of Chicago - Panel2016 GHOST REVERIES – The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago,IL.October 11.2016 Prostitute Disfigurement – The School of The Art Institute of Chicago,Chicago, IL. April 26
Publications2017 Catalago - self published MFA Catalogue, Cd. Juarez, Mex.2017 Comp… Dumpling! - self published collection of writings, Chicago, IL.2017 PLACE (SACRED SPACE): Without Beginning or End - collection of writingsfrom various artists, edited by Rachel Snack, Philadelphia, PA.
CollectionsJoan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection - SAIC, Chicago, IL.Fiber & Material Studies Committee - Chicago, IL.
My sculptures in paper, plastics and fibers utilize color and lines to represent a younger, child-like, sense of security and to evoke an inner dialogue of identity while, at the same time, inviting interpretation from the observer as to what the system or story might be.
My work in digital mediums emphasizes the use of relations and the conversations that originate from these interactions. More importantly, where the physical can have a material to represent it, the digital has a sensory reaction that depends on it as the fabric of interaction.
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