LA-based artist Matt Gondek will open Control, his biggest exhibition to-date, at Avenue des Arts in Downtown Los Angeles on Saturday (11.16, 4-8 PM). His cast of motley, deconstructed, reinterpreted cartoon characters will star in thirteen original paintings on canvas and three large-format sculptures. The gallery will also release Gondek’s brand-new vinyl art toy, Anger Issues, bearing a resemblance to a rather popular duck as well as a large giclee print.
Gondek’s new sculptures might be thought of as biggest, bigger and big. Starting at the top is the 10-foot Growing Pains sculpture, which debuted at ComplexCon. The dripping, disintegrating wizard mouse brings the artist’s version of the popular character into our world.
Rounding out the trio of sculptures is the 4′ Growing Pains. The house-friendly sized edition is limited to 100 pieces. While not confirmed, we believe that all three sculptures are done in fiberglass.
Anger Issues, Gondek’s newest art toy, lives up to the name with one angry yet very familiar duck. With a spiked bat, it’s best to avoid his fowl mood. The gallery exhibition will be the first release of this brand-new vinyl toy. Speaking of lethal bats, the exhibition will also feature three customized, black spiked bats with neon pink splatter.
The gallery will also release Matt Gondek’s largest print to-date. Once a Ladder, Now a Crutch (36″ x 36″, Edition of 50) features an ensemble cartoon crew taking their frustrations out on a hapless, yet iconic Springfield citizen.
Finally, Control will feature a collection of ink drawings as well as retrospective of Gondek’s prints. Entrance is free — RSVP online for Saturday’s opening.
Matt Gondek || Control
Opening: Saturday, November 16th 2019 (4-8 PM)
Avenues de Arts
807 South Los Angeles Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014