Moe Profane: Louisville Fine Artists

Artist Background

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 observer of Texan Culture. He now resides with his loving wife and two half crazy kids in a pleasant ranch style home in suburban San Antonio.

Artist Statement

I am profane in that I refuse to prostrate myself before symbolic meaning. Nothing is sacred because nothing is absolute and I think that 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.

With Texican Graffiti, I am drawing upon my objective outsider view of the South Texas cultural mix I’ve gained since moving here from Kentucky 5 years ago. As I have been acclimating myself to my new surroundings, I’ve increasingly taken a sideways glance at the distinctive cultural cues of San Antonio. This collection of works is a conscious and deliberate examination of the sacred and mundane icons of my new home.

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, combining the ways in which we ponder our existences with the ways we distract ourselves from our inevitable demise. They can also be seen as “Shrines to the Mundane” that give importance to the most mundane objects of everyday life to highlight the arbitrary nature of sacredness.

The resulting work 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.