June 18 - September 10, 2022
From Plush Gallery:
“Before he passed away earlier this year at age 67, Dennis Gonzalez was a musician, artist, and cultural influencer of great magnitude. Living in the Oak Cliff neighborhood of Dallas since 1976, he toured Europe and the world extensively as an avante garde jazz musician, showed his mail art and talismans at galleries and art centers, was a DJ on KERA-FM with his program “Miles Out,” for over twenty years, and founded La Rondalla, a free after school music program for children in Oak Cliff. Most recently he showed collaborative artworks with his granddaughter Issy, and in the fall of 2020 had a solo show (“Faded Jewels: Future Memories”) at Plush Gallery of mail art works produced during his world tours over the years.
This posthumous exhibition will feature his talismans, ritual objects which he created and kept around the family home, believing them to be imbued with protective energy. As he said in a recording shortly before his death, “I have been making talismans for thirty years or more, ranging from tall tree limbs wrapped in yarn and wire, to dried gourds decorated with bells and feathers. All the way to small, personal, protective and practical amulets for wearing or for hanging in the house. They are living entities, filled with energy and guidance, and they help to conserve the magic in your dreams and in your fleeting thoughts.””
Reception: June 18, 2022 | 4–8 pm
Closing: September 3, 2022 | 4–8 pm
918 Dragon Street
Dallas, 75207 TX