GISELA COLON (b. 1966) was raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She received her BA from the University of Puerto Rico (1987) and JD from Southwestern University School of Law, Los Angeles (1990). Colon first exhibited abstract paintings (2005 - 2011), then, in 2012, moved into sculpture, focusing on perceptual phenomena, and the ideals and practices of the members of the California Light and Space movement, such as Robert Irwin, James Turrell, Craig Kauffman, DeWain Valentine, Helen Pashgian, Larry Bell, Doug Wheeler, and Peter Alexander. Colon’s friendship with mentor DeWain Valentine, and the writings of Donald Judd and Robert Irwin, generated a conceptual shift in her work increasing her interest in issues of visual perception, and materiality, which led to the creation of her plastic sculptures body of work. Through an industrial process Colon developed a unique fabrication method of blow-molding and layering various acrylic materials, producing mutable objects that appear to emanate light and color from within.
Colon’s sculpture is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD); the Palm Springs Art Museum (PSAM); The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH; the Castellani Art Museum, Niagara, NY; the Grand Rapids Museum of Art (GRAM), Grand Rapids, MI. She was included in thematic museum exhibitions in the US and Europe at the GRAM (2016); the Kunstmuseum Wilhelm-Morgner Haus, Soest, Germany (2014); the Chabot Museum, The Netherlands (2016); as well as upcoming shows at the Neuer Kunstverein, Kunstlanding, Aschaffenburg, Germany (May - July 2017) and the Palmer Museum of Art, Penn State University, PA (Fall 2017). The artist lives and works in Los Angeles.