Flower Power: Mark Gonzales’ Newest Art Exhibition in LA Explores Shape and Color Theory
While skateboarding is for sure the man’s claim to fame, Mark Gonzales, “The Gonz” or simply “Gonz” is also worthy of being a legend for his 20 plus years of contributing to the contemporary art world. If you’re unfamiliar with his art work, than perhaps mentioning Supreme’s iconic “Shmoo” character will ring a bell–that funny little ghost guy that you’ll find on both Supreme gear and as large-scale installments at several Supreme locations the world over. Well for those already in the know, and those who should be in the know now, the Gonz is back with even more eccentric, vibrant and bold artwork for his latest exhibition entitled Flower Power.
The show is currently being held at LA’s HVW8 gallery, and features a series of canvas paintings, said to be inspired by “color theory, the geometric paintings of Paul Klee, and the graphic qualities of Donald Baechler.” The artwork showcases a new evolution from the skater/artist, who, as mentioned, is more known for his whimsical characters and dizzying exploration into colors. While Flower Power showcases both these themes, there’s definitely a more progressive nature in how Gonzales has approached each piece; more in-depth in his exploration and execution. This perhaps stems from the added thematic layer of being “inspired” by the feeling of disappointment Gonzales felt when his business partner “sold out” in the early 1990s.
Vibrant, bold, whimsical, depressing, delightfully eccentric and emotional, Flower Power is a must-see for any Mark Gonzales fan, and/or contemporary art fan alike, so be sure to check it out at HVW8 gallery on Melrose before it ends on June 20.