Luis Zaragoza - Moreno
My work explores the theme of using a void for the background. I feel that my ideology comes from observing that we live in this highly stimulating environment that we tend miss all the little details in the world. There are things that we will only see once and if its not Facebook or Twitter worthy it will go undocumented, disregarded in our minds. We're nothing more then the memories that we create and hold on to.
I like to think I capture something worth thinking about and the void surrounding my subject is my ringmaster that tells the viewer where to look.
Series - "the Invisible Men"
Luis Moreno began drawing his Invisible Men series after taking an eight-year sabbatical from drawing. The self-taught artist from Alhambra, CA, began the series with Vallejo, a homeless man pushing two shopping carts full of his belongings.
Moreno’s series forces the cognitive dissonance of confronting the unspoken reality that we live in a society that willingly abandons others. Issues of social justice and inequity flood this series, and the viewer recalls the faces of homeless men and women on city streets so commonly walked. Moreno dramatically captures lone figures throughout downtown Los Angeles, telling their story with one of art’s earliest mediums, charcoal. Scholars believe that early cave paintings were drawn with charcoal: a simple art utensil made from burnt sticks.
The medium and the message of Moreno’s work can only be viewed as intentional. Prehistoric survival and Social Darwinism are smudged into these illustrations as the artist dares to acknowledge those who society chooses to ignore.
Moreno’s artistic process begins with going outside and taking photographs throughout downtown Los Angeles and Los Angeles County. His subjects are not exoticized but humbly depicted as nomadic travelers and forgotten men who are judged with cold black and white societal standards, but whose untold stories exist in the grey hues on the page.
-Dulcinea Art Gallery