Moe Profane (New Orleans)
"Nihilism and Nanner Puddin"
June 1 - June 29, 2014
Moe is the 5th generation of his family to grow up in what is now the decaying little Ohio River city of Evansville, IN. He spent what he is afraid will be the best years of his life in Louisville, KY before moving to San Antonio in 2010. His perspective has been shaped by his experiences as a recovering Catholic, cancer survivor and heart disease patient. He now resides with his loving wife and two half crazy kids in a pleasant ranch style home in suburban San Antonio.
My work is profane in that I refuse to prostrate myself before symbolic meaning. Nothing is sacred because nothing is absolute. Nothing but good can come from a rational defusing of the history's sacred symbols, reflecting a more relativistic perspective back to the world. It is in this context that I struggled to discover Art's personal, cultural, and biological function and to justify a place for myself within its broad expanse.
-The relativist pop art icons expose the absurdity of absolutes as simplistic impossibilities to be abandoned forever.
-The existentialist ad designs combine the ways in which we ponder our existences with the ways we distract ourselves from our inevitable demise.
-The shrines to the mundane show how much a simple aspect of everyday life can take on important meaning.
The vintage sign-like imagery I paint onto used fence pickets resembles the quick, simple imagery of conventional pop art and ad design, but my layering technique creates complex physical depth to slow the eye down. The results are pieces that possess a perceptible history that gives them a more authoritative tone and sense of importance while the typographic elements and unexpected juxtapositions reveal a depth of concept with varying degrees of humor. Rather than making a snotty faced sneer, I present positive guides towards independent thought, free of the subconscious manipulations of rituals archetypes and traditions.