Wednesday 18 October 2017

See New York’s Central Park with a difference thanks to artist’s imagination

Artist Dionisio Gonzalez has added structures inside the world-famous park and imagined the greenery spreading further into Manhattan.

(Dionisio González/Galerie Richard)
(Dionisio González/Galerie Richard)

By Nicola Irwin

These are the incredible works of artist Dionisio Gonzalez who has imagined a New York like no other – with a little help from Lady Gaga and JD Salinger.

Inside the world-famous Central Park the Spain-based artist has created fantastical structures where nothing normally stands.

They include Lady Gaga’s Belvedere and a refuge for Salinger, whose best-known character Holden Caulfield memorably visits the park in The Catcher In The Rye.

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(Dionisio González/Galerie Richard)

Other inspiration has come from Walter Benjamin and Robert Smithson.

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(Dionisio González/Galerie Richard)

Gonzalez has also turned his attention to the rest of Manhattan, imagining Central Park extending beyond its current perimeter across rooftops and via green walkways.

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(Dionisio González/Galerie Richard)

His exhibition Dialectical Landscapes – Thinking Central Park is now being shown at Galerie Richard in New York, just over two miles away from the park which is its focus.

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(Dionisio González/Galerie Richard)

“The term refuge is perfect as they don’t have an obvious specific use,” said a gallery spokesman of the imagined additions.

“They stand with a moderate size comparatively to the landscape of Central Park. Although they might look like space ships from aliens, people in the park obviously feel used to them as part of the wonders of Central Park.”

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(Dionisio González/Galerie Richard)

In contrast to Thinking Central Park, Dialectical Landscapes shows black and white images of Gonzalez’s “extraordinary New York City landscapes”.

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Dialectical Landscape 7, 2017 (Dionisio González/Galerie Richard)

“Each work envisions a specific focus: The extension of Central Park downtown on top of the buildings, another Central Park on top of buildings directed West-East Manhattan, Super High line pedestrian elevated paths, elevated modern subways at high speed, and so on,” the spokesman adds.

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Dialectical Landscape 1, 2017 (Dionisio González/Galerie Richard)

“It is a city with different heights of frameworks and activities, a city three-dimensionally connected.”

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