A Decadent Work: A Mural by Renée A. Fox
The Art Gallery at West LA College presents A Decadent Work by Los Angeles artist Renée A. Fox. The artist will paint one fifteen by sixty foot mural directly on a large curved wall in the gallery that will be completely painted over at the end of the six-week exhibition. A labor-intensive exercise, the mural has developed through multiple revisions in the past two months. Its final incarnation will take two full weeks to produce.
A Decadent Work runs from Monday, March 26 through Monday, May 7, 2012. The opening reception will be held on Thursday March 29, 6:00 – 9:00pm. The mural will be located in the gallery on the Fine Arts Campus at West Los Angeles College located at 9000 Overland Avenue in Culver City. Regular gallery hours are from 10:00am to 4:00pm Monday through Friday. Admission is free and parking in the college lot is $2. For additional information about the College or location, please call 310 374 8085.
Art is arguably the ultimate decadence, materially, and in its creation, the output of decadent individuals. It is hard to miss the irony that we are living in the Great Recession and luxuries like art are more important than ever, as investments for the 1% or as luxury of expression at a time when the voice of the masses is kept as quiet as possible. The artist is implicated in the importance of the luxury object, in his/her act of its creation. Artists from the Decadent movement (late 19th century) avoided living an everyday life to look for an escape into an idealized beauty that existed only in the imagination. Decadent artists and literary aesthetes such as Oscar Wilde, espoused that art should exist for its own sake, independent of moral and social concerns. Life should be lived similarly as art, allowing for explorations and indulgences such as drugs and alcohol, sexual deviance and beautiful objects such as the most monstrous of flowers, orchids.
A Decadent Work uses parts of different Orchids, the largest, most showy and diverse family of flowering plants on earth in deliberately excessive feminine displays of sexuality and beauty. The planned demise of the piece renders it a luxury or a “useless object” just as Wilde explains that while all art is quite useless, “the only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it intensely. (Wilde, Picture of Dorian Gray)
For more information, images, and interviews please contact Renée A. Fox @ firstname.lastname@example.org or call 310 621 5416.