Daniel González D.G. Clothes Project
Sono incazzato nero e tutto questo non lo voglio più
curated by Andrea Lissoni
September 22 – October 7, 2006
Why is it that Daniel González is so pissed off? Can it be that we are going to be so too after his performance? But, above all, who’s Daniel González?
Grown up in a cinema of Buenos Aires feeding himself with Italian b-movies and night pizzas under the tutelage of a grandfather working in that very cinema, Daniel González studies chemistry at the beginning of the ‘80s (and during the dictatorship). But he is unable to refrain himself. He ends up grounding, as fashion designer, Pisquit Sunwear, a collection in limited edition featuring three shops between Buenos Aires and Mar de la Plata and an unforgettable cat walk with transvestites in a cement plant. All this without quitting surfing, going to school with his jeep Willys, playing tennis professionally, styling up the Sumo –a legendary Argentinean punk-reggae band, and gobbling up tons of Nesquik. And then the cruising ship Eugenio C that, delivering him in Genoa, takes him to Italy to pursue his career as fashion designer, to organise performances and bacchanalia at a still-at-the-peak Gilda in Rome, to settle his studio in Roseto Capospulico in Calabria and planning on how never to stop blowing up the biographical cliques of the visual artist.
His own, obviously. He decides to show up again as Crossoutproject in Berlin, acrobatic organiser of parties, events, and visuals in punk clubs. In the meantime Clothes Project is born. With it, the need to make at-the-limit performative energies meet. The sparkling visual sensitivity grows stronger and stronger.
Apparently restless cross-cultural jammer and actually just an unconstraint visual artist, Daniel González works non-stop at new collections of unique pieces that he presents by means of radical and eccentric performances. They are fifteen-minute actions squatting social, political and power-soaked spaces giving them pure behavioural and visual energy back.
Well, put it like that it is hard to grasp any of it. One could add that his collections are inspired by a place and its own peculiar tensions. That they are the result of continuous dismantling acts and multiple mixes. That each performance plays with the audience by disparately stimulating them, especially through stereotypes of the fashion system and its values: from beauty to distance, from control to correct communication. That the ‘banners’ are not advertisement but artworks instead, as much as the clothes are not fashion but incredible images to be worn.
That the city and its colours, its visions, its delirium soak Daniel González D.G. Clothes Project and all his performances.
That I am fucking pissed off and I don’t want any of this anymore.
That at the end everybody will end up screaming it aloud.
Photo credits Luca Fregoso