Washington, DC

Teo González

Irvine Contemporary

In his recent exhibition, “226,085 Drops,” Spanish-born, Brooklynbased artist Teo González proved himself capable of coaxing transcendent moments from mere daubs of paint. González’s square grids are composed of tight clusters of thousands of miniscule “drops-withindrops.” His process involves the application of dabs of acrylic polymer emulsion to a gessoed surface. The composition of the emulsion forces the color to disperse to the edges of each drop, forming tiny haloes. A second set of drops, this time of acrylic enamel, is then spotted onto the first. González references Minimalism and process art—the work of Sol LeWitt, Eva Hesse, and Agnes Martin in particular—in exploring the aqueous properties of his pigments and in the improvisational nature of his technique.

Until recently, González’s best efforts have been black-and-white works on paper that resemble photographic

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