CSUB’s Todd Madigan Gallery presents Gustavo Godoy lecture, exhibition

The Todd Madigan Gallery is extremely excited to present “Empty Altar,” a sculpture made by Gustavo Godoy with the help of students from California State University, Bakersfield. A lecture by Godoy will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 2 at 5 p.m. in the Gallery on the CSUB campus, followed by an opening reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. “Empty Alter” will be on display from Feb. 16 through March 12.  

If you live in Bakersfield, Oil Derrick sightings are frequent. They pop up almost everywhere: in the parking lot of a hotel; in the middle of the shopping mall; next door to the bank; even alongside the highway.  Because of their omnipresence, you might not see them any longer.  If you don’t live in Bakersfield, one of the first things that you notice is the incongruous nature of these sightings.

The starting point for Godoy’s sculpture was the title “Empty Altar.” It can be read many different ways: quite literally as an altar that has nothing upon it – a place for the viewer to project their own meaning and associations.  Perhaps it refers to a vessel that is void; an icon that has been sapped of all meaning due to over usage.  Godoy uses materials accrued from in and around the Todd Madigan Gallery, Home Depot and Bakersfield.  The everyday construction materials have been used in a new context, all the while referencing themselves and the title of the show. 

When objects are seen on a daily basis, when philosophies are practiced over and over, when songs are heard too often, they no longer have the same meaning or impact as they did when first encountered. Perhaps the Oil Derrick that we take for granted, silently turning, pumping up the liquid gold that fuels our existence, is that Empty Altar – that hollow icon that Godoy speaks of.

Gustavo Godoy was born in Ontario, California. He plays and watches a lot of soccer.  His work has been shown nationally and internationally. Recently he has had solo exhibitions at the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus Ohio; Honor Fraser and Prism, both in Los Angeles. He has been included in many group shows including the Torrance Art Museum; Gagosian Gallery; MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Schindler House; and Centre d’Art Contemporain du Parc Saint Léger, Pougues-les-Eaux, France.  He lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

 For information, contact the Gallery at jkotting@csub.edu or 661-654-2238

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