Romina Gonzales (b. Lima, Peru, 1989) is a New York based, interdisciplinary artist working in sculpture, video, installation, printmaking, writing and performance. Her work focuses on the expansion of consciousness from a postcolonial lens— through a visual record of actions that elicit transformation to comment on society, culture and politics. Narratives are dictated by the syntax of mundane situations and substances that undergo simple and seemingly natural, yet arbitrary processes dictated by her own experience. These question perception, interpretation, subjectivity and cause-effect patterns, offering alternative perspectives within rational thinking and behavior.
Exhibitions include Vitraria Museum in Venice, Italy (2014), Memorial Sloan Kettering Infusion Center (2015) and the Agnes Varis Art Center (2014) in Brooklyn, Holland Tunnel Gallery in Newburgh, Fort Makers (2019) in New York City and Fundación Euroidiomas in Lima, Perú (upcoming). Performances and screenings include Sibilants at Hive Art Community and EMT (Eating my Teeth) at Pete’s Candy Store in Brooklyn (2020). Her work has been featured in the New York Times, New York Post, New York Magazine, CBS New York, Hyperallergic, Sight Unseen, Remezcla, Revista Cosas and Casas, Glass Quarterly Magazine and New Glass Review by the Corning Museum of Glass. Collections include the Museum of American Glass (upcoming) and the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York (2014). She was a 2019 recipient of the CGCA Fellowship at Wheaton Arts and was invited as a Craftsperson in Residence at Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, WA for 2020.
Gonzales has an active teaching practice, having conducted lectures and demonstrations for programs at Stanford University (2019), Cornell University (2019), Pratt Institute (2017), Bard Graduate Center (2017-2019), Brooklyn Tech High School (2019), UrbanGlass (2014-present), University of Georgia (2016-2018), St. Francis College (2018), Long Island University (2013) and Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University in Philadelphia, PA (2020). Gonzales frequently collaborates with international artists, using glass as a primary medium. Past projects include Anima for Mika Tajima, Mirrors for A.K. Burns, Albumen for Lynda Benglis and Past in a Future Tense for Aki Sasamoto, among others. She graduated from New York University (2013) after attending Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (2007-2010).
Krista Israel is a Dutch based artist with a main focus on glass. Looking at her work it is like entering a story. The artworks are pleasing to eye but there is a layer of bittersweetness in everyone of them. Her works are in a realistic style, but it is not about the obvious reality. Krista is an artist who uses a broad variety of techniques, using the natural characteristics of glass to express her thoughts and reflections of the world and people and thus address the needs of our wellbeing. The combination of different techniques and her thoughts make her work complex and intriguing.
Over the past 2.5 years Krista has found a new facet in her work. Like an alchemist she works on her project titled “Lapi Boli”. During a residency in Jingdezhen, the heart of the Chinese porcelain industry, she recognised a new possibility of throwing glass on the potter’s wheel. The title is a combination of the Chinese words for the ceramic throwing technique and glass
Helene Besancon, curator National Glass Museum, the Netherlands, Neues Glass #2&3, 2020
Krista Israel graduated with honours from the State Institute for Art and Craft (IKA) in Belgium in the BFA (2013) and MFA (2016) in Glass Art. She was nominated for the Dutch glass prize – the Bernadine de Neeve Prize 2021, Association Friends of Modern Glas; received Stipendium 2018, Association Friends of Modern Glass, Lapi Boli Project, 2018; ‘Originality & Ingenuity’ exhibition and residency, Liling Ceramic Valley Museum, China, 2017; 10-10-10 Stipendium, academic grant for glass artists, Glass Gallery Aventurine, 2014. She is the designer and producer of the 2015 collectors object of the Dutch Association Friends of Modern Glass.
She participated in national and international exhibitions in Belgium, Germany, Ireland, China, Poland, the United States and the Netherlands, including: The Bernadine de Neeve Prize 2021, Nationaal Glas Museum/Association Friends of Modern Glas, NL, 2020; New Glass Now, Corning Museum of Glass, USA, 2019-2020; Glass 4 Ever, Gorcums Museum, 2017-2018; Glass Art Society, GAS Members Juried Exhibition, USA, 2017; European Glass Festival, main exhibition Play with Glass: Dr. Jekyll & Mrs. Hyde, Poland, 2016; Tianyuan International Glass Art Festival, Collision & Fission Contemporary Glass Art Invitational Exhibition, China, 2016; Exhibition Coburger Glas Preis, Europaïsch Museum für Modern Glass, Germany, 2014.