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Gisela Colon
Quint Contemporary Art, La Jolla, California
Recommendation by Cathy Breslaw

Gisela Colon, installation view of "Glo-Pods," 2013, blow-molded acrylic. Photo: Philipp Scholz Rittermann.

Continuing through January 4, 2014

Walking into the gallery space we are immediately mesmerized by the luminous, organically shaped jewel-colored sculptural forms hanging from the walls. There is a sci-fi element: these forms feel ‘alive’ and it is only natural to wonder what may be germinating inside them. There is an iridescence to these smooth-surfaced, shiny shapes where light is emanating from within rather than from external lights interacting with the works. This illusionistic sense of inner glow comes from the proprietary fabrication process of these blow-molded acrylic works.

Energy appears to pulsate through these objects in a manner that recalls light and space artist Craig Kaufman. Gisela Colon’s works are more assertive, however, in their density and for the intensity of color. There is also a feminine quality to sculptures that could be envisioned as tiny in scale in the form of precious jewelry pendants. And they are so gelatinous in their appearance that we can imagine them as tasty candies. Sweet.

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