MOMO‘s debut U.S. solo show opened last week at Anno Domini in San Jose. Better Than 2009 is one of the most interesting things I’ve seen recently, since MOMO is just so different from most street artists. Certainly, there aren’t many street artists trying to paint anything abstract and MOMO gets a lot more conceptual than most street artists.
Here are some of my favorite pieces from Better Than 2009:
Almost everybody’s favorite abstract street artist (okay Elisa Carmichael probably prefers Aakash and he’s cool too), MOMO, has a solo show opening this week at Anno Domini in San Jose. I’m sure that Better Than 2009 is going to be a “can’t miss” event, as MOMO rarely disappoints. I actually remember MOMO’s wheatpastes as being some of the first pieces of street art that I noticed in Shoreditch, so even back when I only knew names like Banksy and Shepard Fairey, I was searching out more from MOMO.
And while we’re on the topic of MOMO, Depoe tipped me off that the New York Times recently published a photo-essay about MOMO’s largest artwork. A few years ago, MOMO dripped paint around New York City to make what might just be the world’s largest tag. I was never all that impressed with the tag itself, but these photos made me re-examine the artwork. I was much more interested in the piece as a sort of conceptual graffiti, because people (like the New York Times photographer) can follow the tag and walk its length. That process takes the viewer on a journey through Manhattan. Maybe it’s just an afternoon walk, but it’s MOMO’s afternoon walk that the viewer is taking.
Better Than 2009 opens at Anno Domini on October 1st (8pm until late) and runs through November 20th. Expect to see photos on Vandalog next week after the show is open.
I was just checking out Anno Domini‘s website last night and came across some really cool work from Saner/Edgar Flores, who just so happens to currently have a solo show at the gallery.
Saner (b. 1981) is a visual artist, illustrator and muralist that discovered his love for graffiti at an early age which ultimately led him to pursue a career in graphic design. The work of Edgar Flores (aka Saner) uses everyday life and their roots to create magic beings with popular pre-hispanic reminiscences beside images influenced by the aesthetics of Mexican masks.
confesiones de una mascara is Saner’s debut solo exhibition.
Exhibit on view thru April 18, 2009 A.D.
I haven’t been able to find any of Saner’s street work online (besides work he’s done outside of Anno Domini), but I’m told he does/did work on the street. Either way, his work is really impressive and something pretty different. A few pieces remind me of Os Gêmeos, but only enough to make me think he’s talented, not enough to be annoying.