SHOW ROOM presents...

Raul Ayala
Aqua Incognita


Public reception:
Sunday, June 15, 4 - 6 PM



SHOW ROOM presents, Aqua Incognita, a new mural project by Raul Ayala on Union St. in Gowanus, Brooklyn. Ayala’s drawing, on the north side of Union St. between Bond and the Gowanus Canal, presents a 50’ view of a hypothetical future for the canal. He writes:

“The Gowanus Canal was once a river full of life and a vital means of transport.  By the Industrial Revolution, the canal grew to be very powerful, but in this progress came along fear, misconception and ultimately disregard for its natural strength. Like so many once forceful properties of nature, we now witness neglect from commercial driven transformation throughout our landscapes.

The main character of the mural is water; what it carries in its flow and what is hidden in its current, how we affect it and, in turn, how it changes everything around us. The Gowanus Canal has been used and abused. No longer a prolific source of life, it has decayed to become a chemical sewer, and a clear example of our disconnect from nature.
What kinds of life can these new waters can host? …”

Raul Ayala is an artist focused on drawing, muralism, and socially engaged art. His work has been part of several international group exhibitions and festivals. Ayala’s work reflects on specific surroundings and is always looking for ways to redefine and construct identities within the Ecuadorean diaspora. He  founded “Zona Libre,” an art workshop that was implemented in several detention centers in Quito, Ecuador, from 2004 to 2007. He used art teaching as a method to resist alienation for individuals deprived from their freedom. Ayala was the recipient of the 2007 Empowerment Across Continents Fellowship of the European Commission in Budapest, and of the 2013 Create Change Professional Development Program of the Laundromat Project in New York City. He has collaborated with a variety of art collectives including WASH, Lavandería de Arte, and the Antagonist Art Movement. Currently, he lives in Brooklyn and works as an artist assistant at Groundswell, and as a muralist and freelance art handler.