Gustavo Godoy was born in Ontario, CA in 1974 and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. Frequent trips to his great-grandmother’s home in Tijuana, Mexico sparked the artist’s interest in architecture and construction at an early age. Working alongside his father, Godoy developed an appreciation for the everyday building materials of concrete and wood that would later become the cornerstones of his artistic oeuvre. Whether the end result is a throne made of wooden planks nailed together to form jutting right angles or molded concrete blocks conjoined into large labyrinthine slabs, Godoy’s sculptures entice the viewer to interact directly with the artwork. With Abandoned Relics Godoy continues his formal and material investigations in a public forum, calling attention to the objects that mark sites as sacred or in flux; and how through collective inference and cultural construction these objects become reliquaries for our untold and retold histories.
Godoy received a Master of Fine Arts at Vermont College in Montpelier, VT (2005) and a Bachelor of Arts at UC Santa Barbara (1998), and has studied at the UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design. Solo exhibitions include the Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, FL; L.A. Mart, Los Angeles, CA; the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH; and Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. Group exhibitions include the SUR: Biennial, Norwalk, CA; the Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA; Centre d'art contemporain du Parc Saint Léger, Pougues-les-Eaux, France; and Mexico Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City, Mexico.
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