American Artist Gabriel Moreno makes work investigating site through sculpture and performance. His process is informed by a particular approach to vision: how to recognize the play of people, time, and labor in place. Understanding site as having an influence over people, as well as influenced by people, he borrows strategies from Art, Design, and Craft to explore the confluence of social, material, and spiritual production.
He holds an MFA in Visual Art from The University of Chicago (2016), and Double BA in Studio Art and Art History from Knox College (2014). He leads The Design Apprenticeship Program, a skill building and mentorship initiative on the South Side of Chicago that asks local young adults to transform their physical and social conditions through design. He has collaborated with a number of artists and organizations, notably Atlas Unlimited with Artist Karthik Pandian and Choreographer Andros Zins-Browne, My Block My Hood My City, and Theaster Gates’s Rebuild Foundation.
His work has been exhibited at Produce Model Gallery (Chicago, IL), Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts (Chicago, IL), EXPO Chicago 2016, The Figge Art Museum (Davenport, IA), Randy Alexander Gallery (Chicago, IL), Galesburg Historical Society (Galesburg, IL), Weinberg-Newton Gallery (Chicago, IL), Trinity College (Palos Heights, IL) and been featured in the 2018 Chicago Humanities Festival. Residencies include ACRE’s Artist In Residence program in August 2018, the Hyde Park Art Center Residency in 2016-2017, and the Chautauqua School of Art in 2013.
Signing the Block Club Imaginary by Gabriel Moreno