After holding his “Growing Pains” exhibition at Avenue des Arts in Hong Kong last year, Los Angeles-based artist Matt Gondek returns with his first solo show at Avenue des Arts’ U.S. gallery space this month.
Showcasing his biggest and most personal exhibition to date, “CONTROL” showcases the journey Gondek has been through to get to this point of being in control. After a year of personal and professional growth, Gondek brings a more serious and darker tone to his work. Through 13 new paintings and larger than life sculptures, Gondek reflects on how he has regained control of his life, while celebrating a new chapter of it.
Incorporating clean lines, bright colors and references to comic books, cartoons and video games in his work, Gondek brings an element of storytelling to his signature graphic style and depiction of deconstructed pop icons. In his painting ‘Power Struggle Page 1,’ seen below, the artist incorporates other street artists’ graffiti tags into the background of his work, while drawing from punk rock and comic book inspirations. While “CONTROL” delves into darker themes, the artist continues to imbue his action-packed imagery with energy and life.
Take a look at select works from the upcoming exhibition at Avenue des Arts in Los Angeles in the gallery above and RSVP to the show here. “CONTROL” is on view from November 16, 2019 to January 11, 2020.
Avenue des Arts
807 S Los Angeles St
Los Angeles, CA 90014
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@gondekdraws “CONTROL” his biggest show yet! Next Saturday, November 16th in #DTLA. A close up of his new work ‘Power Struggle Page 1’. ⚡️RSVP in our Story #repost @gondekdraws Here’s a closer look at a painting in my new exhibition CONTROL which opens Nov 16th in Los Angeles at @avenueDesArts_gallery. . This exhibition leans heavily on comic books and punk rock. I’ve fleshed out ideas from previous work to give a bit more narrative. . For this piece, I went to IG stories and asked for your graffiti tags which I incorporated into the piece. Thank you to the following.. @aluckyRabbit @fidia @hewston @goopmassta @javantonio_ch @sinfulliam @jesta_one @kekunfrog @seacreature91 @dunzothedamned @markhoppus @bairbrians @kdboiart @achesdub @the_great_cueto @wolfdoglives @voyder @picconer @a.l._grime @charlieedmiston @gammaraze_ @racks_stacks597 @artofbust. . November 16th. 807 South LOS Angeles CA 90014. #gondekDraws
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New @gondekdraws vinyl figure for “CONTROL” his biggest exhibition ever. “CONTROL” opens next Saturday, November 16th ⚡️⚡️ RSVP in our Story. #repost @gondekdraws ANGER ISSUES. My new vinyl figure releasing exclusively at the opening of my new exhibition CONTROL on November 16th at @avenueDesArts_gallery in Los Angeles. Edition of 300. . CONTROL is my biggest exhibition ever. 13 new canvas paintings. 10, 8, and 4 Foot Sculptures. Vinyl figures. Ink Drawings and every print I’ve ever released will be on display. . Saturday November 16th. 807 Los Angeles Street. Los Angeles CA 90014. 4-8pm. CONTROL will be on display until January 11th. . #gondekDraws @avenueDesArts_gallery @thundermates @3DRetro @giclee_la