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…
Last year I had the opportunity to paint the wall above the elevator at the brand new Angelika Theater in Fairfax Va. This year they invited me back again to paint upstairs in their newly renovated lounge area. It has been a pleasure working with the staff at this location and of course Mazi of Word Beats & Life who organized it all. Big Ups to my entire east coast family, it’s always a pleasure spending between gigs catching up with you all. PEACE
“DON’T BITE GO DEEPER” is dedicated to all of those who are seeking to find a STYLE outside of your SELF… go deeper baby
After months of travel throughout the country its finally good to come home rest recharge and create something for myself. Presently I’m working on my 2014 Solo Exhibition… “GOOD MORNING AMERICA” which promises to be the most disturbing and thought provoking work I’ve ever created… so I have to go in deep and this weekend after Seeing the movie “12 Years a Slave” and the play “The Tallest Tree In The Forest I took a break from my canvass work and finally finished this one… enjoy.
Finally Maxx Moses completes his 60×15 ft. mural that reflects his personal commitment to Yoga. This painting is at the Chula Vista Yoga Center in San Diego Ca. Here is one of the places where the transformation begins… and never ends. the first time i painted this wall was in 2007 when i arrived in Cali. The wall got Dissed and i had to re-do it. This challange forced me to push harder and dig deeper within… As we do in class. Thanks Chula Vista Family for allowing me the opportunity to show how i express myself in Cali.
The Graffiti Hall of Fame
When Subway Art legends, Part and Joey of TDS Crew invited me to paint the main wall within the Graffiti Hall of Fame I was honored. The date was set for August 24th. 2013 and thus far the summer had been packed with painting and cross -country travelling. I was creating a mural in Rochester New York when I found out that I was invited to paint the biggest wall within the Graffiti Hall of Fame. Initially I suggested Binho, from San Paulo Brazil to collaborate with me since we had been working together in Rochester. He was excited to join the project but had to return back to Brazil to complete a bunch of art projects of his own. It was in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where I met Chemis, from the Czech Republic, as we were painting on the historic Lincoln Theater together. While developing a creative partnership he told me had made reservations to travel to New York. I was like oh really… guess what I’ve been invited to paint the big wall in the Graffiti Hall of Fame! Want to join me? Yes of course he replied.
New York City has always been the center of Graffiti/Spray Paint Culture and the Graffiti Hall of Fame holds a special place within the heart and mind of every writer worldwide. So it was a challenge developing a concept that would have a lasting impression while measuring up to all the great art that had been done there in the past. However I was determined to accomplish my goal of bringing a meaningful piece of ART and soul back to New York, a city who’s people are exposed to high levels of stress and anxiety. Therefore we chose colors that were energetic powerful and healing, purples oranges and greens, with red as the center. Like a work out and a meditation combined I practically buffed the entire wall by myself. For 3 days Chemis and I worked diligently on the background for before the other artist arrived and we were glad for this. We really didn’t have a total plan in place so I we didn’t want the pressure of other artist questioning what we were doing at the time. All I knew was that I wanted to create a heart in the center of the wall to symbolize New York as the Heart of Graffiti and I wanted to say something that paid tribute to our journey as Writers and authors of a movement that has inspired and entire generation to create and fight for their freedom of expression.
The historical Lincoln Theater
The Historical Lincoln Theater, which is now closed, still stands as a beacon of cultural significance in Baton Rouge Louisiana. Since 1956 the theater has been a venue for African Americans to enjoy movies and live performances. In 1986 due to an economic nosedive the theater closed. Kevin Harris, the Director for the Museum of Public Art (which is right across from the Lincoln) has always wanted to create a mural on that building. In efforts to revitalize the Lincoln and the surrounding community, this July that Dream came to fruition, with the coordination of Kevin Harris, of MOPA, Brenda Perry of the revitalization committee and Todd Teepell, from the City of Baton Rouge.
Dmitri, aka Chemis and I had the grand opportunity to be the ones to actually paint this dream. The theme for the wall is History Music Art and Culture. By the way that’s James Brown, as Soul Broth Chemis painted on the wall, in his younger days.