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Loose Painting

Untitled (1985) Ed Moses

Mural, Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Street Art Exhibit (2011)

I chose these two pieces because their differences is what makes them share a connection. Moses’ piece explores the organic diagonal lines that occurred in a gallery when he removed the ceiling.

 His painting technique is controlled, yet it captures a “loose” and “airy” tone that alludes to different shapes and images. The Indian mural street art piece is different in that a brick wall is used as a canvas but yet it still captures the same tone in its own unique usage of lines and patterns. Using spray paint takes the same type of control as Moses’ and yet they both capture the same tone.

Moses stated that he likes to create things that bring about chaos and confusion, the same can be said about some of the contemporary view’s of street art. 


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Asco Days of the Dead Performance Art Reminiscent of Tim Burton’s LACMA Exhibit

Top: Asco Days of the Dead Performance, Termites y Guerrero (1975) by Ricardo Valverde.

Bottom: Short Stories, Mini Menows by Time Burton (2011)

As soon as I saw Asco Days of the Dead Performance Piece, I automatically thought of the Tim Burton exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Both pieces evoke feelings of stillness but yet excited emotion. To me, both pieces use the same tone: dark and airy but somehow still light. However, they differentiate in energy. In Valverde’s piece, I get a more “rock and roll” undertone, whereas in Burton’s piece I get more of an awkward vibe. My main connection between the two pieces were the physical characteristics of the subjects, big eyes looking in the distance, looking toward something.

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March 3, 2011 marked the 20th anniversary of the Los Angeles police beating of Rodney King. The brutality caught on tape by a civilian bystander still brings chills.Banksy is sure to evoke another set of emotions as he brings his take on the matter straight to the heart of Los Angeles’ modern art world. His work—along with others—is currently on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art as part of the ‘Art in The Streets’ exhibition opening today and running through August 18, 2011. Via Arrested Motion by way of Capturing Banksy
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