Art from Moe Profane (@moeprofane) / San Antonio, Texas, US
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. He now resides with his loving wife and two half crazy kids in a pleasant ranch style home in suburban San Antonio.
I am profane in that I refuse to prostrate myself before symbolic meaning. Nothing is sacred because nothing is absolute. Only good can come from a rational defusing of history’s sacred symbols, reflecting back a more relativistic perspective to the world. It is in this context that I discover Art’s personal, cultural, and biological purpose and to justify a place for myself within its broad expanse.
My vintage sign-like images on used fence pickets incorporate aspects of the quick, simple imagery of conventional pop art and ad design, but my layering technique creates universes of complex physical depth that slows the eye down. I create Relativist Pop Art Icons to expose the absurdity of absolutes as simplistic impossibilities to be abandoned forever. Similarly, my Existentialist Sign Boards combining the ways in which we ponder our existences with the ways we distract ourselves from our inevitable demise. Finally, the Shrines to the Mundane give importance to the most mundane objects of everyday life to highlight the arbitrary nature of sacredness.
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 a degree of humor. Rather than making a snotty faced sneer at conventional thought, I present positive guides towards independent thinking, free of the subconscious manipulations of rituals archetypes and traditions.
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