Juan Gonzalez
March 11th - May 20th
Opening reception Saturday March 11th 7-10pm
IRL Miami

An opening reception for Compressor will be held at IRL Miami on Saturday, March 11th from 7-10pm.

In conjunction with Compressor, IRL will host three performance nights curated in collaboration with Rat Bastard, and DASSAD. In addition to which, IRL will launch it's first annual DIY Bazaar in May. All dates and participation info are TBA shortly.

IRL is pleased to announce Compressor, a site-specific installation by Miami sound-artist, Juan Gonzalez. The installation utilizes sound, space, and object to reinterpret the philosophy of 20th-century futurism and the radical affinities of the Dada movement.

In 1913, Italian Futurist painter, composer, and the author of the manifesto, The Art of Noise, Luigi Rossulo argued that "the human ear had become accustomed to the speed, energy, and noise of the urban industrial soundscape." Russolo believed that the new sonic palette required an innovative approach to musical instrumentation, as well the composition and production of this new soundscape.

The title of the exhibition, Compressor, is derived from the defined function of the term: "an audio compressor is an audio frequency processing effect that equalizes the value of sounds by narrowing the audio signal's dynamic range." The current cultural fiber of living in a post-industrial society has fundamentally primed our ears to the sounds generated by modern technology. Integrating moments from the philosophy and aesthetics of DADA and acknowledging the general absurdity of modern thought, Compressor reveals the chaotic commotion created by the soundscape of modern society.

Juan Gonzalez (b. 1975, Bayamon, Puerto Rico) lives and works in Miami, Florida. From 2009 to 2015 he was a member of the sound collective, Viking Funeral. Gonzalez has participated in multiple exhibitions including institutions, galleries, and collaborative projects: Hollywood Arts and Cultural Center, Frost Art Museum, Fredrick Snitzer Gallery, Fabric Workshop and Museum, de la Cruz Collection, Bass Museum of Art, Locust Projects, General Practice and Miami Design District. Publications include COMPILATION, Name Publications, Black Italian Leather, de la Cruz Collection, DASSAD, and Obsolete Media Miami in collaboration with Ground Control Miami.  

In Real Life (IRL), is a curatorial project and alternative exhibition space founded by artists Eddie Negrón and Marla Rosen in 2014. The mission of IRL is to encourage and support critical dialogue with an emphasis on accessibility and effectiveness. With a commitment to intentional programming, IRL focuses on growth from a community level, materializing in the form of curated exhibitions, presentations, performances, and publications. IRL’s politically engaged programming also mirrors in its working methods; By combining aspects of the institution, the commercial, and the alternative, IRL aims at providing a streamlined resource for the development and presentation of contemporary art in Miami.

IRL Institute is located at 8395 NE 2nd Ave Miami, FL 33138. Compressor will be on view from March 11th through May 20th. IRL is open Saturdays from 12-5pm and by appointment. To make an appointment or for any further questions contact info@irl.institute or call 786-337-0208.