Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Activities for Your Weekend

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Joe Forkan, Supper at Emmaus, 2009

Happy Friday everyone! Make sure to come to the Museum to check out our current exhibition OsCene 2010: Contemporary Art and Culture in OC featuring this painting by Joe Forkan.

A little bit about the piece:
This painting is part of the larger Lebowski Cycle series, in which Forkan modeled scenes from the Coen Brothers’ film The Big Lebowski, after recognizable masterpiece paintings from western art. In Supper at Emmaus (after Caravaggio), he incorporates into his painting the same linear composition, expressive gestures, and use of still life found in Caravaggio’s painting, Supper at Emmaus (1601) to create parallel visual and emotional tensions within the scene. Forkan foils the seriousness of this biblical story to the absurdly humorous tale of a cult classic to establish connections between two seemingly different paintings; as a result, he invites the viewer to create a wide range of possible readings within the scope of the history of art. By using similar techniques, scale, and recognizable composition, Forkan hopes to draw a parallel between historical and contemporary narratives, revealing underlying structures found throughout the language of art.

For more information about this piece, check out Joe's website or painting blog.

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Other local activities for your weekend:

Spend some time outdoors learning about Laguna's surrounding wildlife at the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park.

Enjoy the holiday with your family at the Montage Easter Brunch, Sunday, April 4th.

Check out other local art in Laguna Beach on an Art Tour.

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