The work of architect and photographer Dionisio González focuses on the chaos caused by both man and nature. Using art as social action, González reveals economic disparities, and ultimately uses the power of architecture for an antidote to the world’s problems. Traveling to far corners of the world, such as Ha Long Bay in the Gulf of Tonkin and Busan in South Korea, González, who was born in the autonomous Spanish province of Gijón, makes hypothetical interventions within communities largely isolated from the developed world, which have been ravaged by natural or economic disaster.
In the series “Dauphin Island” (2011), recently exhibited at Yusto/Giner in Málaga, Spain, González designed space-age forts of iron and concrete to replace the unstable wood buildings that exist in a perpetual status of destruction and rebuilding, due to the island’s geography within the hurricane-dominated Gulf of Mexico. Though González’s designs exist only on paper, his utopian visions offer hope and inspire action.