Sidewalk Scholar presents a solo exhibition of new work from Mario Gonzalez Jr. The show will feature large-scale mixed media paintings on wood along with site specific installation from the noted Chicago painter.
Gonzalez’s paintings have been described as abstract, but they are far more interested in realities than abstractions. A comparison may be drawn with the loose spontaneity of Asian calligraphy as these works are conceived in the mind’s eye and executed with the swiftness of thought. But the true inspiration for the bold, sinuous forms that inhabit Gonzalez’s paintings are street glyphs, painted with rollers by gang members in the sixties and seventies. These primal markings were intended as signposts for an urban sub-culture but they ended up inspiring the international graffiti culture that would follow. For Gonzalez, who grew up in a world emblazoned with these markings, Sidewalk Scholar is an opportunity to re-contextualize these cryptic runes from the past, and to redirect their energies. Gonzalez’s paintings are shot through with a powerful sense of place, presenting stunned memories of archaic street symbols, objectified and distilled down to their true visual essence.
Mario Gonzalez Jr : Sidewalk Scholar
November 09 – December 31, 2013
Saturday, 09 November, 2013
Wednesday – Saturday, 12-6pm
Maxwell Colette Gallery
908 N Ashland Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
The gallery is located south of the Division stop on the Blue Line