The stairway is used as a metaphor of achievement or loss of station. It’s a widespread spatially-oriented metaphor for hierarchy in democratic society. ‘Climbing the social ladder’, we continue to gauge our social status on our vertical mobility up or down the steps. In a performance designed for the space, Gonzalez narrates this anxiety with movement influenced by the physical structure of stairs and others. This movement mirrors the rapid fluidity between success and loss in a goal-oriented atmosphere.
Carlos is a practicing performance artist born and raised in Portland, Oregon. He received his BFA in painting from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2010. Carlos presents intimate performances that explore barriers and secret byways of communication. Examining the knot of personal identity through abstracted acts of sport, Gonzalez offers his body as a source and site of meaning, thereby making physical the semiotic barriers that criss-cross daily existence. He has previously performed at Carhole Gallery, Appendix Project Space, 12128, Half/Dozen & Extra Extra. He most recently performed in New York's Itinerant Performance Festival this past March. You can see him again in this year’s Ten Tiny Dances for TBA:12.