Alphonse Mucha “Commissions” MEAR ONE;
Cosmic Synchronicity at its Finest!
On July 14, 1939, Alphonse Mucha, the most famous artist of the Art Nouveau period,
drew his last breath in Prague. On July 14, 2010, prolific L.A. street artist MEAR ONE, power washed a 2 story wall off of 6th Street and La Brea Avenue, preparing it for a major live art installation of a mural he was about to embark upon, honoring the neighborhood of his youth, and two of his most treasured inspirations.
Centuries apart the two never met, yet somehow a serendipitous collaboration was underway. Without knowing, MEAR ONE had just begun to prep for a mural, beginning on the day Mucha died and was to finish 5 days after the world (and Google) celebrated his 150th birth anniversary! Alphonse must have been following MEAR’s work for a while, and without his knowledge cosmically “commissioned” him to do so.
On July 13th, 2010 in the city recognized as the “Mural Capital of the World,” a public hearing was taking place at L.A. City Hall, hoping to stop a motion that mistakenly placed fine art murals in the same category as super graphics and advertising signs. (For more on this issue, please click on this link http://www.huffingtonpost.com/carine-fabius/when-is-it-art-the-age-ol_b_649547.html)
The day after, (yes, July 14) a temporary motion was declared stating, “The City Council requests the Department of Building and Safety and the Planning Department to cease from issuing citations or notices relative to compliance with murals and signs ordinances until the City has established a permitting process for fine art murals on private property.” This motion expires on July 13, 2012.
Not knowing it was the eve of his birth anniversary, someone involved in the collaboration logged onto google and noticed their traditional logo had been replaced by one that looked like Mucha designed it, which was true; that is the moment synchronicity between the artist and his inspiration was revealed! She immediately called MEAR who was in the midst of doing a live art installation in San Diego. He had no idea his 150th birth anniversary was the following day, July 24, and was completely blown away by this epiphany! Through a series of coincidences this came to be during the same time frame of Alphonse Mucha’s entry into and departure from physical life.
MEAR, who started painting when he was 3, set out to create a mural vibing his memories and the uniqueness of the Mid City West artists, galleries, museums and many vintage and antique stores.
Alphonse Mucha dedicated his career to painting images of beauty. MEAR, inspired by this dedication achieved his personal goal by paying homage to one of his biggest inspirations.
He was not paid to do this mural, and although he made it look easy, it was extremely difficult, yet he accomplished this masterpiece like nothing ever seen before. Around 7:00pm, on July 29, 2010, under blue skies the final spray was made. It was in memory of his beloved mother Vicky, his greatest inspiration; she was also an artist and those who were there would most likely be in agreement that she gave her son a helping hand.
The mural is located in the alley off of S. La Brea and W. 6th St. The building it is painted on is Liz’s Antique Hardware and The Loft at Liz’s. The mural is a collaboration between LA Art Machine/Vox Humana, the Miracle Mile Art Walk, The Loft at Liz’s, Roger, Suzy and friends.
For more information on MEAR ONE, please visit: www.mearone.com
Alphonse Mucha – b. July 24, 1860 d. July 14, 1939 http://www.muchafoundation.org/MHome.aspx
L.A. Art Machine/VOX HUMANA is program of carefully selected live art happenings in the U.S. and abroad by legendary Los Angeles street artists and curated by Bryson Strauss. www.laartmachine.com/voxhumana.
(An amazing stop motion video taken by Roger Griffith will be available for viewing soon, please check www.mearone.com, or http://www.youtube.com/user/ganguskan8.)
The Miracle Mile Art Walk is a quarterly art walk that includes over 40 galleries, LACMA and CAFAM, and presented by the Mid City West Community Council. The Art Walk is coordinated and organized by a volunteer committee. For more information, please contact: Shawni at Shawni.D@gmail.com
Liz’s Antique Hardware specializes in hardware and lighting dating back to 1850, and The Loft at Liz’s is an art gallery located in The Loft above the Hardware store. www.theloftalizs.com. MEAR, Liz Gordon (owner), Bryson Strauss and Carrie Cann (http://carriecann.blogspot.com/) all donated funds to help get this mural started.