DTLA…at the Bendix Building, Track 16 Gallery has opened an additional gallery space on the first floor (Suite 100). For its inaugural exhibition, the gallery unveils Vertigo by Simone Gad. This is the first exhibition of Simone Gad’s work since her passing in 2021. The exhibition consists of paintings and collage works from 2007 to 2021.

The opening reception took place on February 17, 2024. The exhibition runs through April 6, 2024.

Simone Gad

Simone’s playful, brutal, and sexual pieces oscillate between trauma and eroticism. Her main subjects, pinup models and rescue animals were portrayed with humor and empathy.

The work resonates with her own experience of being unprotected as a teen actress in Hollywood. Gad offered that, “The pin-up drawing collages are like self-portraits in a way, and of my survival of sexual abuse when I was a young girl and actress.”

Gad was bisexual and wanted to be out of the closet, but felt forced back in on numerous occasions. This was due to the “gay bashing” in American society. Hollywood’s attempt to keep any homosexual relationships completely hidden only added to the situation. Her assemblage sculptures and collage drawings became an outlet to express this side of herself.

On view: February 17, 2024 – April 6, 2024

What: Vertigo,  Simone Gad.
Where: Track 16 Gallery, Bendix Building, 1206 Maple Ave, Suite 1005, LA, 90015
When: Running through April 6, 2024
Website: https://www.track16.com/

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