There Was There, Installation view, 2022

There Was There, Installation view, 2022

There Was There, Installation view, 2022

There Was There, Installation view, 2022

There Was There, Installation view, 2022

There Was There, Installation view, 2022

There Was There, Installation view, 2022

There Was There, Installation view, 2022

There Was There, Installation view, 2022

There Was There, Installation view, 2022

There Was There, Installation view, 2022

There Was There, Installation view, 2022

There Was There, Installation view, 2022

There Was There, Installation view, 2022

There Was There, Installation view, 2022

There Was There, Installation view, 2022

There Was There, Installation view, 2022

There Was There, Installation view, 2022

There Was There, Installation view, 2022

There Was There, Installation view, 2022

There Was There, Installation view, 2022

Alfonso Gonzalez Jr

No sea sucio, 2022

Enamel, aluminum, steel, concrete, bucket,

25 x 12 x 65 in
63.5 x 30.5 x 165.1 cm

Alfonso Gonzalez Jr

No sea sucio, 2022

Detail

Alfonso Gonzalez Jr

Roberto Mutt, 2022

Fiberglass, metal, enamel, dirt

66 x 37 x 54 in
167.6 x 94 x 137.2 cm

Alfonso Gonzalez Jr

Title forthcoming, 2021

Mixed media

84 x 20 x 44.25 in
213.4 x 50.8 x 112.4 cm

 

Alfonso Gonzalez Jr

Title forthcoming, 2021

Detail

Alfonso Gonzalez Jr

Roberto Mutt, 2022

Detail

Alfonso Gonzalez Jr

State Street Liquor, 2022

Oil, enamel, latex, dirt, gel medium, plexiglass, masonite on wood.

179 x 203 in
454.7 x 515.6 cm

 

Alfonso Gonzalez Jr

State Street Liquor, 2022

Detail

Alfonso Gonzalez Jr

State Street Liquor, 2022

Detail

Alfonso Gonzalez Jr

State Street Liquor, 2022

Detail

Alfonso Gonzalez Jr

Magic Beauty, 2022

Oil, enamel, latex, masonite on wood

179 x 203 in
454.7 x 515.6 cm

Alfonso Gonzalez Jr

Magic Beauty, 2022

Detail

Alfonso Gonzalez Jr

Magic Beauty, 2022

Detail

Alfonso Gonzalez Jr

Magic Beauty, 2022

Detail

Alfonso Gonzalez Jr

Magic Beauty, 2022

Detail

Alfonso Gonzalez Jr

Magic Beauty, 2022

Detail

Alfonso Gonzalez Jr

Bad Rabbit, 2022

Enamel on mirror

77 x 30 1/2 in
195.6 x 77.5 cm

Alfonso Gonzalez Jr

Troubled duck, 2021

Enamel, latex, mirror elements on wood

36 x 24 in
91.4 x 61 cm

Alfonso Gonzalez Jr

Wise duck and the rat, 2021

Enamel, latex, mirror elements on wood

36 x 24 in
91.4 x 61 cm

Alfonso Gonzalez Jr

Brainstory, 2021

Oil, enamel on canvas

35 x 23 in
88.9 x 58.4 cm

Alfonso Gonzalez Jr

Drakeo The Ruler, 2021

Oil, enamel on canvas

29.25 x 22 in
74.3 x 55.9 cm

Alfonso Gonzalez Jr

Brenton Wood, 2020

Oil, enamel, on canvas

27 x 23 in
68.6 x 58.4 cm

Alfonso Gonzalez Jr

El Tigrillo Palma, 2020

Oil, enamel, on canvas

25 x 22 in
63.5 x 55.9 cm

Alfonso Gonzalez Jr

Untitled, 2022

Enamel, latex, dirt on canvas

11 x 14 in
27.9 x 35.6 cm

Alfonso Gonzalez Jr

Untitled, 2022

Enamel, latex, gel medium, dirt on canvas

15.75 x 12.25 in
40 x 31.1 cm

Alfonso Gonzalez Jr

Untitled, 2022

Enamel, latex, gel medium, dirt on canvas

16.25 x 12 in
41.3 x 30.5 cm

Alfonso Gonzalez Jr

Untitled, 2022

Enamel, latex, dirt on canvas

12 x 9 in
30.5 x 22.9 cm

Alfonso Gonzalez Jr

Untitled, 2022

Enamel, latex, gel medium, dirt on canvas

16 x 16 in
40.6 x 40.6 cm

Alfonso Gonzalez Jr

Untitled, 2022

Enamel, latex, gel medium, caulk, dirt on canvas

16 x 16 in
40.6 x 40.6 cm

Alfonso Gonzalez Jr

Untitled, 2022

Enamel, latex, caulk, dirt on canvas

16 x 16 in
40.6 x 40.6 cm

Alfonso Gonzalez Jr

Untitled, 2022

Enamel, latex, dirt on canvas

16 x 16 in
40.6 x 40.6 cm

Alfonso Gonzalez Jr

Untitled, 2022

Enamel, latex, gel medium, dirt on canvas

16 x 16 in
40.6 x 40.6 cm

Alfonso Gonzalez Jr

Untitled, 2022

Enamel, latex, gel medium, dirt on canvas

15.25 x 16.25 in
38.7 x 41.3 cm

Alfonso Gonzalez Jr

Roberto Mutt Painting, 2021

Oil, enamel on canvas

48 x 72 in
121.9 x 182.9 cm

(MBLA AFG009)

Alfonso Gonzalez Jr

Say No More Fam, 2022

Oil, enamel, latex, vinyl, gel medium, dirt on canvas

96 x 108 in
243.8 x 274.3 cm

Alfonso Gonzalez Jr

Say No More Fam, 2022

Detail

Alfonso Gonzalez Jr

Say No More Fam, 2022

Detail

Alfonso Gonzalez Jr

El Norteño, 2022

Oil, enamel, gel medium, latex and dirt, on canvas

84 x 98.125 in
213.4 x 249.2 cm

Alfonso Gonzalez Jr

El Norteño, 2022

Detail

Alfonso Gonzalez Jr

LA Real Estate 2, 2021

Oil, enamel, coroplast, vinyl, on canvas

61.25 x 40.125 in
155.6 x 101.9 cm

Alfonso Gonzalez Jr

LA Real Estate 2, 2021

Detail

Alfonso Gonzalez Jr

El Pato, 2021

Oil, enamel, gel medium, latex and dirt, on canvas.

66.125 x 45.875 in
168 x 116.5 cm

Alfonso Gonzalez Jr

El Pato, 2021

Detail

Alfonso Gonzalez Jr

Hydrant, 2021

Oil and enamel, on canvas

60 x 40 in
127 x 101.6 cm

Alfonso Gonzalez Jr

Tires, 2021

Oil, enamel, gel medium, latex and dirt, on canvas

32.25 x 48.125 in
81.9 x 122.2 cm

 

Alfonso Gonzalez Jr

Indios, 2021

Oil and enamel, on canvas

60 x 88 in
152.4 x 223.5 cm

 

 

Alfonso Gonzalez Jr

Indios, 2021

Detail

Alfonso Gonzalez Jr

Bird, 2021

Oil and enamel, on canvas

108 x 96 in
274.3 x 243.8 cm

 

Alfonso Gonzalez Jr

Bird, 2021

Detail

Alfonso Gonzalez Jr

Bird, 2021

Detail

Press Release

There Was There

Alfonso Gonzalez Jr. February 12—March 19, 2022

"There is a rich visual legacy in Los Angeles that helps define it as a place, as a city, its history, its politics, and its culture. From civic, state, to the film industry and corporate minded interests, these entities have long been powerful purveyors of the carefully and strategically designed image of Los Angeles that has been exported throughout the world since its inception. Clichés and misinformation about Los Angeles abound thanks to this, absenting an entire world that is immigrant, that is low-income, working class, that is Black, Brown, Asian, set within the rich cultural enclaves that sprawl throughout the city— a world that already has always been the true fabric of Los Angeles culture.

Alfonso Gonzalez Jr brings this world to view in his first solo exhibition, titled There Was There. Rightfully premiering in the city of his birthplace, Gonzalez immerses guests in a Los Angeles landscape, attending to wall spaces and the architecture of his immediate surroundings, specifically hand painted signage, graffiti, muralism, and weathered surfaces, Brown-owned mom and pop shops, public restrooms, restaurants, and homes. His compositions honor the design and aesthetic sensibilities of renters, small business owners, taggers, and people who leave their marks everyday to join the quotidian landscape of the city. Gonzalez prioritizes their choices in his work, giving shape to and informing his own visual language and allowing him to point to the city. In doing so, he cites not only actual physical spaces, but virtual ones as well, rendering Los Angeles amongst a vast bourgeoning community of proud cultural producers of Angelenxs. In his paintings, Gonzalez rescues the building up of marks, paint, texture, and layering of images and text from the city, prompting us to remember those people whose homes, businesses, signs, paints, and marks were left unsalvageable, disappeared by the geographic gains of gentrification. His paintings are cultural remunerations that reflect a rich visual landscape by communities that are the true backbone of Los Angeles. They are a visuality of a Los Angeles coming into view, a trace of what was there, has always been there, and what will be there next."

– rafa esparza