Alfonso Gonzalez Jr., 2018
Mixed media on canvas
Alfonso Gonzalez Jr. was raised and is currently based in Los Angeles. He is Influenced by overlooked expressions of art found within the urban environment such as the local advertisements and distinct commodities found in his working class neighborhood of East Los Angeles and San Gabriel Valley. He incorporates these references into his own work by reappropriating and animating these vernacular objects and their presentation within commercial and cultural worlds. His painting practice draws on his experiences with commercial sign painting, advertisement, vandalism, and classical painting, as well as his own familial histories of labor and image making. His work incorporates the materiality of the landscape of his immediate surroundings, the concrete, wood, and paint that mark the boundaries of cities.