Dama Gallery is pleased to premier our first exhibition of 2024 with a solo immersion into the zenith of Chris Gocong’s multidimensional artistry. Straddling the worlds of contemporary art and elite athleticism, Gocong’s artistic opus navigates the complex interplay between his illustrious career as a professional athlete and the nuanced depths of his burgeoning identity as an artist.
In a symphony of mediums ranging from dramatic wearable art, evocative and familiar figurative pieces to his most recent abstract paintings that brilliantly showcase his talent for controlled chaos on canvas; Gocong elegantly unravels the dichotomies that have sculpted his remarkable journey. This collection serves as a visual testament to his optimistic magnanimity as an artist, interwoven with the intricate tension stemming from his formidable achievements in the NFL. The stark contrast in genres and mediums reflects Gocong’s multifaceted identity – a life lived on the field intricately entwined with the profound fulfillment found within the sanctuary of the studio.
Gocong’s artistic prowess, manifest in his iconic portraits and intricate abstract compositions, epitomizes a masterful fusion of techniques. Each stroke of his brush and every sculptural element attests to a life of dedication and discipline, reminiscent of his athletic pursuits. The artworks, both oppositional and parallel, serve as poignant reminders of the delicate vibrancy inherent in the human experience – a nuanced exploration of life, prosperity, and the relentless passage of time.
An obvious luminary, Gocong defies conventional boundaries, seamlessly navigating between artistic worlds and effortlessly bridging the chasm between aesthetic complexity and cultural nuance. His distinctive and captivating layered paint chip style captivates the discerning viewer, serving as a visual articulation of his ability to traverse an ever-expanding field of artistic exploration.
In tandem with other conceptual threads, Gocong masterfully resurrects narratives of transcendence and enlightenment, often delving into the realm of outsider-savants. His opus unfolds as a mesmerizing journey, extending an invitation to connoisseurs and enthusiasts to reflect upon the intricacies of existence and explore the potential for transformation and renewal.
OPENING RECEPTION: Jan. 27th, 6-8p
EXHIBITION: January 27th to April 30th, 2023.
MORE INFO: http://damagallery.com/chris-gocong