Ed Gomez received his BFA from Arizona State University in 1999 and an MFA from the Otis College of Art and Design in 2003. He currently works as a professional artist, curator, and an Assistant Professor in Studio Art at California State University in San Bernardino. Through painting, printmaking, graphic design, video, and three-dimensional artworks, Gomez questions “exhibition practices, institutional framework, and historical models of artistic production.” His most recent exhibition, HORSEMEN premiered at the Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art in San Bernardino, CA. Currently, Gomez works as an artist, curator, and educator, displaying pieces nationally and internationally while curating various art exhibitions dealing with the California and Mexico regions. In 2006, he co-founded the MexiCali Biennial, a bi-national art and music program addressing the region of the US-Mexico border, which he is currently a director and co-president.
One of Gomez’s recent installations plays with the idea of perspective and recursion. As individuals, we attend a museum and look at the art within; however, what would that look like to someone with a different perspective looking from above? In GOCA (Gallery of Contemporary Art) in a Suitcase, Gomez humorously displays a mini-museum exhibit all within a suitcase, giving the audience a chance to look into a museum with an omnipotent perspective. Not only does he exhibit the paintings and sculptures themselves, but minor details of a museum most people overlook such as lighting and leaks.
The exhibit Collectivity will investigate points of connection between artists from two internationally significant artist collectives based out of the Western United States – Hyperlink (Colorado) and Durden & Ray (Los Angeles) in two concurrent exhibits across two states.