October 4 – 26, 2012
Opening: 1st Thursday,
October 4, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Lunchtime Talk: Please join Lorenzo Moog on Monday, October 15 at noon for an informal walkthrough
Election Day is rapidly approaching and in anticipation of the heightened buzz that presidential politics generates, Gallery4Culture is pleased to present The Pizza Presidents; Expansion, Prohibitions, War – a solo exhibition of exquisitely detailed presidential portraits by regional artist Lorenzo Moog. This body of work consists of 45 consecutively hung small-scale portraits of past American presidents – George Washington through George W. Bush (Obama – being current – appears ‘in process’). Each portrait has as its foundation identical 7 ½” square individual-size recycled pizza boxes, hence the title ‘Pizza’ presidents.
Moog’s wall-mounted constructions (inspired by the nicho, a popular Latin American folk art object) incorporate collage, found object and a broad array of eccentric materials. Completed artworks extend in varying degrees beyond the box and into the gallery space, creating together an overall installation-like assemblage. Each artwork is subtly narrative, presenting among various historically accurate details, visual clues of each administration’s territorial grabs, casualties from armed conflicts and, as applicable, ruminations on prohibition, the ‘Noble Experiment’ of 1920 – 1933.
Bringing together the disparate elements of pizza boxes and recorded history, Lorenzo Moog has created, through material ingenuity and a spirit of invention, a 45-part installation that offers a rich glimpse into voters’ presidential choices (distant past through recent past) and obsessively chronicles important aspects and varied impacts of each administration. Learn more about the exhibition.
About the Artist: Lorenzo Moog is a mid-career artist who lives and works in Shoreline. He is a self-described poet and traveler. Beyond his studio practice, Moog has an avid interest in American history and an absolute passion for opera.