CONTROL GALLERY PRESENTS CHEAP THRILLS & TONS OF SMOKE FOR MAXIMUM JOY: AN EXHIBITION OF WORKS FROM GUILLAUME OLLIVIER
MARCH 1, 2024 - APRIL 13, 2024
Wednesday – Saturday |11AM - 6PM
Sunday – Tuesday | Closed
Extended Hours During Frieze | Open Sunday, March 3, 11AM - 6PM
434 N La Brea Ave. | Los Angeles, CA 90036
MARCH 1, 2024 | 6PM - 9PM
CONTROL Gallery is pleased to present Cheap Thrills & Tons of Smoke for Maximum Joy, a collection of new works from Los Angeles-based artist Guillaume Ollivier.
Bringing to life a unique assemblage of everyday objects, Ollivier’s paintings find beauty and joy in the excesses of modern life, embodying the global, interconnected exuberance of the present age. His work creates an undeniable dialogue, asking whether we are on the brink of a precipice or the dawn of something new.
For his latest body of work, Ollivier pays homage to the intricate cultural and historical journey leading to our present era, marked by constant fusion and transformation. This new collection of paintings serves as unpredictable symphonies that seamlessly integrate with a fading artificial landscape. Rooted in American culture and design, these works invoke the spirit and extravagance of the late Baroque era, skillfully merging that period with the allure of modern design, reminiscent of both Las Vegas hotels and the grandeur of Versailles. Finding beauty in excess, Ollivier makes art that “celebrates our quirky togetherness and reinforces our sense of shared identity and harmony.”
Simultaneously in the BEYOND THE STREETS main gallery, visitors can view EXHIBITION 010: GRAFFITI ARCHIVE 1972/73, an unprecedented glimpse into the raw, untamed world of New York City's graffiti scene during the pivotal years of 1972 and 1973. Curated from the late artist Gordon Matta-Clark's photographic archives, the show presents over 200 carefully selected photographs, many of which have never been revealed to the public until now, alongside original, vintage artworks from artists whose work is immortalized within Matta-Clark’s photographs, including two dozen large-scale paintings and drawings from the early 1970s by SNAKE 1, SJK 171, LEE 173rd, WICKED GARY, TRACY 168, and STAY HIGH 149, amongst several others.
The opening reception will be held on Friday, March 1, 2024 from 6PM - 9PM. These shows run through April 13, 2024.