MONDO GRONK: Photographs
drkrm.gallery is pleased to announce MONDO GRONK: Photographs. This historic exhibition - the first ever public presentation of never-before-released photographs by the internationally renowned painter, printmaker, muralist and performance artist, Gronk - will be on view at drkrm. gallery from September 12 to October 18, 2009. There will be a reception for the artist on Saturday, September 12 from 7-10pm.
Spanning the late 1970’s though much of the 1980’s, these black and white images present a visual record of Gronk’s photographic work that includes the East L.A. avant-garde art collective, Asco (Spanish for nausea) and it’s conceptual counter-cinema movement, the NO MOVIE (making movies without the use of celluloid). This alternative cinema was forged from the refusal of Chicanos to accept their lack of access to Hollywood. Along with Harry Gamboa, Jr., Willie Herron and Patssi Valdez, and in collaborations with Cyclona, Mundo Meza, Jerry Dreva, and Tomata DuPlenty, they constructed single-frame idealized images of daily life, like a still from a film, that would tell a whole story.
Gronk was born in the barrios of East Los Angeles where he had known from an early age that he wanted to be an artist. "Drawing was as an escape for me - from poverty, from my environment. It was a way of creating new worlds for myself." Gronk is widely known for his thought provoking body of work that includes street murals, mail art, video and installations, large-scale action painting, performance art, operatic set design and computerized animation for panoramic screens. His cinematic sensibilities challenge the limits of sexuality, gender norms, and taste. Gronk has made a lasting mark on the Chicano art movement, the punk scene, gay art, and the cultural world stage.
Gronk’s works are in the permanent collections of the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington,Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver Art Museum among others and has been shown in many more. He is represented in numerous private collections as well. Gronk lives and works in downtown L.A.
On display concurrently in the project room: GRONKPATSSIPARTY Photographs by Louis Jacinto.