At home in New Mexico’s high desert, Ufology, adobe, and radio are fixtures embedded in the landscape, fueling my art practice. Together, my interest in these communication technologies assemble a complex visual lexicon with which I investigate broader underlying cultural attitudes regarding the fear of alienation and the desire for connection.
These points of contact are made evident in juxtapositions presented in my sculptures, photographs, videos, and installations—the crossing of ancient and contemporary technologies, the proposition of folk-epistemologies in times of uncertainty, and the overlap of the terrestrial and the extra-terrestrial. From these pressure points, and born out of lifelong interests, my art practice connects me to my Mestizo ancestry, a familial history of adobe building, and a space where the scientific and the supernatural collide, giving way to artworks that function as beacons, broadcasting expansive definitions of borders and the alien.
Santino Gonzales is an artist from New Mexico who explores the relationships between Ufology, radio, and adobe to investigate broader cultural attitudes regarding the fear of alienation and the desire for connection. He builds artworks across media that seek to function as beacons, broadcasting expansive definitions of borders, and the alien. Gonzales received his BFA from the University of New Mexico in 2012 and will be receiving his MFA from California College of the Arts in 2020. Tino is currently working out of California, building adobe, making crop circles, and transmitting secret radio stations.