Over the past two summers I’ve been invited to create art as a Art Educator and muralist an within South Baton Rouge community. This year I had the great opportunity to work along with Legendary Graffiti Artist, Daze, and a great group of students. The first week of our session consisted of tee shirt and sneaker painting, which was a blast. Some students had a clear vision of what they wanted to create while others needed help developing their ideas. Over all it was the great exchange of ideas and spontaneity that made the whole process enjoyable.
The second week was all about mural making and I chose to paint with the students at the Jaguar Lounge, in the hot sun. This time I had no plan no sketch and no idea what I would be painting with them. I wanted to create a challenge the same types of challenges I take myself through when creating intuitively, walking into the unknown and finding the light, eventually. For me it was a like being a director of a movie with no script, telling actors when to perform and often what to say. And although I had that much control over the project the painters still had to interpret and paint what came through them as individuals. It was all give and take build and destroy I would paint and they would splash and splatter paint on top. They were confused at what was taking place and questioned what was happening. In essence they were experiencing the cycle of life all through the practice of painting. It was exhilarating to witness this mass confusion followed by pure joy. Allowing and encouraging accidents to happen and shapes to form uncommon to my typical style I thought to myself how refreshing this is?
Museum of Public Art… Does it Again.
Kevin Harris, of the Museum of Public Art, has a knack for selecting the right artist to create a visual dialogue within the hot and swampy lands of Baton Rouge. The community here is so steeped in character and personality that the artists are steadily laughing and sweating while painting. The people that live in this neighborhood have been here for years, they have many stories to share about these historic locations being painted on and what happen inside… Wow the inside scoop always makes the experience richer and deeper.
The Phenomenal Artist, Sabotaje Al Montaje, from the Canary Islands, paid close attention to the people of South Baton Rouge and actually painted portraits of them. While the legendary, Daze, from New York City, focused on using his personal stylistic cloud elements fused with scenic perspective scenes of Baton Rouge with deep rich hues of blue. Statik, from Chicago painted a brilliant mural portraying a group of beautiful black woman, all adorned with jewelry and to die for hairstyles. His use of color and imagery was so on point for the side of the hair salon that he painted upon. Hunto got busy with his abstract imagery blew all are minds
Maxx Moses, chose a different approach, he expressed that his last two mural projects required a tremendous amount of preliminary sketching, rendering and ultimately projecting his art onto buildings. He Personally wanted to step away from that entire process and be intuitive once again paint freestyle in real time where the energy of the moment is the visual manifestation. “Free-styling for me is an opportunity to re-learn, to get lost within my painting and find my way back out again, to break old patterns and find new ones, to struggle.” Maxx Moses knows that this intuitive style of painting is part of his creative process and that he needs these types of exercise to propel him into the unknown where the spirit of creation lives.
Crossroads Mural with Words Beats & Life is off and running, literally! Bikers, joggers and just passersby are enjoying the progress and live painting. Along the Red Line Metro, between Rhode Island and Noma Station, adjacent the bike trail, Coby Kennedy, Cita Chelove, and Maxx Moses are painting a 300 ft. mural. Each Artist is expressing their vision and individual story that will eventually fuse together as one elaborate painting.
To follow the progress go to INSTAGRAM #crossroadsmural
One Sip aka Deeply Rooted
Towards the end of February 2014, I began sketching the concept for “One Sip”, a large mural to be painted this spring in Washington DC. It was the first of three sketches I submitted to Mazi, of Words Beats & Life, who in turn had to present the sketches for selection. During the selection process I too did a survey online to see which of the three drawings people gravitated towards and One Sip was the one.
It was great painting from such a detailed sketch, an approach and style reminiscent of my works in New York and Philly back in the 90’s, abstract surrealistic funk, but now with more color and energy.
Another great feature of this mural was the people themselves, having the apprentices to work with during this project helped keep the process light and filled with laughter as I skillfully guided them to work with quality. Lead by Maceo Thomas, the people of ward 7 rallied together and financially contributed a portion of their own monies to help bring this project to fruition, “that’s what I call Community.” The Mural was painted on the side of the Thai Orchid Restaurant, the owner; Vernon and his wife greatly appreciated all the good vibes that surrounded the event, showing gratitude by keeping us well feed throughout process.
February 27 marked the closing of 2 1/2 years of work towards my solo exhibition Good Morning America. In which the book is now available at http://blur.by/1miMQZb The energy directed towards making that show was intense and it was truly a breath of fresh air to paint a large- scale mural with big strokes and a fresh palette of colors. Although I finished the sketch weeks before going to Peru the actual painting didn’t take place until I returned late March. Travel for me is very important, it offers me the opportunity to witness how live and interact with there surroundings, how they create what they it and value as most important. All this information inspires me its like food for my soul. Within the painting “One Sip” if you look closely at the green thumb you will notice the influences of my travels to Machu Pichu embedded within that Magical City had such an impact upon me I had to pay homage to it. Another interesting element found within “One Sip” is the main character, in which many people refer to as a Pinocchio. I wasn’t thinking of Pinocchio while drawing the piece although the idea of traveling to Italy was in the forefront of my mind. A week after “One Sip” was completed I arrived in Milan Italy, for the Meeting Of Styles event hosted by my good friend Marte of Nuclear 1. unknowingly the story of Pinocchio originates from Italy and upon my arrival I seen plenty of Pinocchio puppets and was like dam… “What we’ve experienced or want to experience has an interesting way of presenting itself’”.
While in Lima for 10 days painting I learned to be even more patient, things don’t happen as quickly as in the states especially when the organizers have to transport 30 Artists a day to paint and party all night lol. Anyway here are some of the images from the event Latido Americano 2014. This was an unforgettable experience. Throughout this journey my computer got stolen, bank account hacked I got so sick when I arrived in Cuzco due to altitude and I missed my flight home… causing me to sleep in two different countries for 12 hours each. And I still can say this was the best trip ever for real we painted all day and danced at night what an experience!!! lol
So the first few days here in Lima have been amazing meeting and connecting with all these fantastically creative individuals Oz Montania, Cix Mugre Krew, Joan Entes Jimenez Suero and many others from all over the world is inspiring. The great surprise is that a good friend of mine from Philly is here Betsy Casanas whom I haven’t seen in years. Lima is big and we covered a lot of land in the first couple of days even got to go up in the hills where some of the locals live where people are financially poor but spirits are rich with a beautiful sense of community and strength.
Lima is in the process of building its subway system and yesterday we met the all the officials and now we are going to create art along the Metro lines… Today we begin… Stay tuned.
PRESS RELEASE: “ GOOD MORNING AMERICA “
SOUTHWESTERN COLLEGE ART GALLERY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 8, 2014
Contact: Vallo Riberto 619-421-6700 ext. 5383
“ GOOD MORNING AMERICA “ OPENING RECEPTION, SOUTHWESTERN
COLLEGE ART GALLERY, 5:300 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, JANUARY 30, 2014
With a special closing party 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 22, 2014
“ Good Morning America “ is an audio/visual installation by acclaimed artist, Maxx Moses.
Mr. Maxx Moses has created Good Morning America as a collection of paintings to shine a light on the red white and Blues of the “American Dream”. This collection of paintings will be a departure from his dreamy, palatable abstract expressions, the iconic, signature images so familiar to his internationally acclaimed graffiti murals. The images from Good Morning America will disturb your emotions and evoke many of the old racial taboos that still lie smoldering beneath the surface of the American, cultural landscape. This historical interpretation, “Good Morning America” revisits slavery, religion, political ideology and of course sex.
“The goal of this exhibition is to create an installation of large- scale paintings along with conceptual products and music, all infused with an eerie twist of satire inciting us to reflect upon the symbolism, and spiritual dogma we have been conditioned to live with and ingest as the truth”. Maxx
”It’s truly a blessing to become acquainted with your work, which is rich with a necessary criticism and deep reflection on our cultural representation.
I remember reading somewhere in the works of Langston Hughes where he wrote, “America, was never America to me.” Your work reminds me of this. I think about how (white) America loves to wrap its tentacles around the work of our ancestors and take claim of their art, as (white) American art. They chose to include our work when it is convenient and beneficial to them, accepting Black people when their cultural contributions can be commoditized and exploited. This is the new age means of colonizing the body of our cultural ideas. When I ‘read’ your artwork, it says to me, “America was never America to me,” and echoes the sentiment of so many who resisted both cultural and social integration into the American system”.
Dr. Rachel N. Hastings,
Assistant Professor of Communication, Southwestern College
Good Morning America
Good Morning America is a collection of paintings by Mr. Maxx Moses designed to shine light on the red white and Blues of the “American Dream”. This collection of paintings will be a departure from his dreamy palatable abstract expressions. they will disturb your emotions and evoke the taboo. This historical interpretation “Good Morning America” revisits slavery, religion, political ideology and of course sex.
The goal of this exhibition is to create an installation of about 16 large- scale paintings along with conceptual products and videos, all infused with an eerie twist of satire inciting us to reflect upon the symbolism, and spiritual dogma we have been conditioned to live with and ingest as the truth.
here are a few of the private commissions done on canvass created this year. It was a challenge getting these done in between all the mural work this year so a special thanks goes out to my clients who where patient during the process.
STYLE A THON
Last weekend at the Writerz Blok, the San Diego Graff Writers, B-boys, Emcees and Djays all came together to rock the house. Its a pleasure to bask in the sunshine of the art form we created, maintain and practice. Big Ups Writerz Blok and Izzy from Wild Style Technicians for making this years event a continued success. Rock On San Diego…