|Together, 54" x 69," oil on canvas, 2015.|
Mario Moore's "Refracted Light" had pulled back gossamer curtains, unveiling a past standing vibrantly on familial foundation of love. Moore captures fruitful upbringing in mesmerizing detail. Each harmonizing brushstroke shares angst-driven, soul-stirring, heart-throbbing, undeniable compassion filtered through enchanted realism. Rapt attention draws focal concentration to traditional academic techniques holding hands with postmodern issues facing black bodies today. By painting powerful portraits on copper, atomic number 29 otherwise symbolized as Cu, places marginalization on a mighty scintillating pedestal.
|Together close up.|
|Study of a Growing Seed, 10" x 10," oil on panel, 2015.|
|Study of a Grip, 12" x 12," oil on panel, 2015.|
|Love, 10" x 10," oil on panel, 2015.|
|Queen Mother Helen Moore, 24" x 36," oil on copper, 2015.|
Four women bring the exhibit its endearing name. To place them on metallic surfaces enriches their valuable importance. From their hairstyles, to their facial features, to their strong fingertips, each woman is individually distinguished, each manner specifically defined. Three women hold photographs of men in their hands-- some are larger parts escaping from other paintings, forming an interesting repetitive dialogue. Queen Mother Helen Moore holds two black men graduating and the prom/high school photograph from Study of a Grip. Whereas Yeah G Ma Don't Play is a larger role than that of Love.
Herstory, however, is a portrait leaving behind smallest amount of copper background. The woman doesn't hold photographs. Instead, she has an arm crossing her chest and a defiant hand on her cheek. Eyes house sassy attitude and upturned mouth carries wry amusement. A note beside her figure asks, "fear courses through the blood of ignorance but who gives us salvation through hope?"
|Yeah G Ma Don't Play, 24" x 36," oil on copper, 2015.|
|Herstory, 34" x 28," oil on copper, 2015.|
|"Fear courses through the blood of ignorance but who gives us salvation through hope?"|
|Mom Says I'm Her Sun, 36" x 60," oil on copper, 2015.|
|Mom Says I'm Her Sun close up I.|
|Mom Says I'm Her Sun close up II.|
|Mom Says I'm Her Sun close up III.|
And love inherently ties these beautifully expressive works together.