New works at Hudson Valley MOCA

New works at Hudson Valley MOCA

1701 Main Street, Peekskill, NY 10566
Thursdays & Saturdays | 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Political signage in Peru is often painted on the walls of buildings. Jean-Carlos Martinat, Peruvian, born 1974, has removed the graffiti from the walls and surfaces. Here two opposing parties Peru Libre and Free Peru (the pencil is the symbol of one) become works of art. He appropriates logos, letters and phrases that capture the political tension of the populace. These “paintings” have a new life on the white walls of galleries, museums, and private collections. They are at once beautiful and unusual objects while retaining their visceral immediacy, transporting the emotional tension of the source.

Jean-Carlos Martinat
Peru Libre #1 / Free Peru #1, 2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
70.8 x 66.9 inches

Popular Front, 2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
70.8 x 66.9 inches

Moris (Israel Meza Moreno)
Mexican, born 1962
La batalila des las bolsas de dinero contra las cajas fuertas, 2020
Collage and transfer on canvas, cloth bags, mixed media, found objects
98 x 78.75 inches

Moris’ work addresses representation, social and subjective agency, urban issues, and marginal cultures often taken for granted in mainstream society. Moris grew up and continues to live and work in a Cartel-run area outside Mexico City. The issues Moris researches are an intrinsic part of his daily life; the street and social space are his laboratory. Understanding the diverse social codes of the urban underclass and underworld, their strategies for survival, and informal use of aesthetics to make daily life more humane and dignified are the driving ethos for his work.

About Hudson Valley MOCA

Hudson Valley MOCA, located in Peekskill, NY, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts and education organization founded by the Marc and Livia Straus family. HVMOCA is dedicated to the development and presentation of exhibitions and interdisciplinary programs that enrich our understanding of contemporary art, its contexts, and its relationship to social issues. HVMOCA is also committed to the enrichment of Peekskill, a unique community that has become a major arts destination. Hours Thurs & Sat 11am-5pm; for special lectures and programming hours, please visit our website. Summer Hours closed Thurdays June 29, July 6, 13, 20, 27 and August 3.