Marcelino Gonçalves’ paintings and drawings explore, in SFMOMA curator Josh Shirkey’s words, “the troubling, and pleasurable, problem of male artists making pictures of men.'
In two exhibitions at cherrydelosreyes, Marcelino Gonçalves depicted cops and jocks, hunters and prison guards; his most recent paintings explored the images he found in a 1971 brochure for a boy’s summer camp. A consistent theme throughout both bodies of work is the transition from adolescence to manhood. Sexuality, memory and personal identity are always at play in Gonçalves’ work, revealing additional, often suppressed, layers in the photographs from which he paints.
Several of the works in Marcelino Gonçalves’ upcoming exhibition at Cherry and Martin show young men in the US military. Images painted from photographs taken by a soldier in boot camp provide grist for the mill; a particularly self-reflective one for Americans, given the war in Iraq and the complexities implied by our presence in the conflict. Gonçalves adds a poignant moment to the exhibition with a series of portraits of Pat Tillman, the ex-NFL football player killed in action in Afghanistan.
Marcelino Gonçalves received his MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1999. In 2006, he was featured in the exhibition, Swallow Harder: Selections from the Ben and Aileen Krohn Collection, at the Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA. His work has appeared in exhibitions at James Harris Gallery in Seattle, Angles Gallery in Los Angeles and Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Kunste in Karlshue, Germany.