"Brian Gonzales: A Private Collection of Printed Matters"


Date: Thursday 24 Sep, 2020 - Thursday 28 Jan, 2021
Time: 11:00 am - 05:00 pm
Venue: Maraya Art Centre, Second Floor, Al Qasba (Block E) , United Arab Emirates

Recreating the setting of Printmaking Lecturer Brian Gonzalez’s personal living room, which combines bright colours as well as Aztec and modernist design elements, this exhibition showcases how the US-American lives with his private collection of prints. Visitors can experience his collection firsthand and explore a curated shelf of prints with a running commentary by the owner on how certain prints and printed ephemera entered his collection.

The exhibition also showcases a table of “Mystery Boxes” housing portfolios of prints exchanged amongst a community of printmakers. Next to prints that are openly on display, there is also a print cabinet that touches upon the difference of visibility of individual pieces within the collection and individual choices of display: some prints are framed and out on the wall, some are placed on shelves, some are in boxes and others never make it out into the light. 

Curator Sven Christian Schuch said: “ ‘A Private Collection of Printed Matters’ focuses on how it is to collect, how to live with art, how individual choices determine what you surround yourself with, and about the value you give to each piece – creating a very personal narrative of a collection.