“Lone Star” Greta Garbo

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Old Hollywood had it’s share of very popular and respected actors, and one of those was Greta Garbo, film actress and an international star and icon during Hollywood’s silent and classic periods..

Publicized with the slogan “Garbo talks!”, Anna Christie (1930), a film adaptation of the 1922 play by Eugene O’Neil, provided her first speaking role. In her first line, she famously utters, “Gimme a whiskey, ginger ale on the side, and don’t be stingy, baby.”

Beginning in the 1940s, she became something of an art collector. Many of the paintings she purchased were of negligible value, but she did buy paintings by Renoir, Rouault, Kandinski, Bonnard, and more.  Her art collection was worth millions when she died in 1990.

Garbo was an international superstar during the late silent era and the “Golden Age” of Hollywood and is widely regarded as a cinematic legend.

This painting measures 16″ by 20″ on thick 1.5″ stretchers, and was made using mixed medias like adhesives, dyes, and acrylic.


Jean Harlow and Helen Hayes – Cube Series Paintings

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Above:  Jean Harlow in the Cube Series.

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Above:  Helen Hayes in “The Sin of Madelon Claudet”  in the Cube Series.  She eventually garnered the nickname “First Lady of the American Theatre” and was one of eleven people who won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony Award.

Each canvas measures 16″ by 20″ was created using acrylic paint media and topped with a semi-gloss finish, unframed.

“Billie Dearest”

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“Billie Dearest”

Painting in the same style as the one called “The Crossings”.  Here we see the huge Hollywood motion pictures icon, Joan Crawford, star of MGM from the 20’s and onward, and later signed on with Warner Bros.  She became a symbol of modern 1920s-style femininity, an idealized vision of the free-spirited, all-American girl.

We capture a moment in the life of a woman who’s path took many different turns, from Hollywood gold to “box office poison”.  In her prime, she is seen in the limelight as a powerful and gorgeous figure of grace and style while shrouded in real life by tragic marriages and tell-all books of accusations of physical and emotional abuse, written by one of her adopted children titled “Mommie Dearest”.

Again we see the intersecting lines representing the crossroads in life and the journey ones take, the daring and fearless embracing as one steps into the unknown, and the chaos around it.  The figures in the painting remain serene and in their “own world” regardless of the surroundings, filling us with the impression of calmness and collective temperament.

“Billie Dearest” is given from the reference to the end of Joan Crawford’s life reputation, from the book her adopted child wrote, and from the beginning of her life, as she preferred the nickname “Billie” as a child and she loved watching vaudeville acts performed on the stage of her stepfather’s theater.  Thereby, this title is one chosen as a fair label which covers her lifespan, neither bias nor unbiased to her reputation’s ups and downs.

The painting measure 20″ X 16″ and was created in Acrylic, with a varnish gloss seal, not framed.

Infrastructure Visual Explanation of the this art.

Infrastructure Painting ASM 2012

In a vertical line, 7 symetrical circles are drawn, each overlapping the next one at the halfway center point, to reveal what we see before.  This is only the first painting with only certain points highlighted by the contrasting black and white blocks.  There are literally hundreds of combinations that can form, and this is only the beginning of the series of exploration of symbols for A. Mor.

We are immediately drawn to pick out the shapes we commonly recognize as well as be forced to look harder and see the ones we don’t quite recognize so easily, but somehow feel as if we do.  That is because each and every symbol, shape, and form within this painting, is used at some point in either nature, religion, business, fashion, and society.  From the formation of a snowflake to the precision of the cleavage in crystals, we are these symbols present in such a simple yet complex geometric formula?  What could possibly be staring right back at us- a lost key, a secret code, or just another simple perversion of the imagination in an altered state and from another dimension?

This painting represents the beginning of a journey into everyday commonness with an unknown certainty, parallel to life’s own journey, much like  a newborn walks the same path others have mastered, and breaths the same air others already have filtered.

The painting has beautiful tones of shading and measures 4′ in height by 2′ across and is done on an oil-based background of solid Buddhist orange with acrylic used as the design, varnished and sealed in a semi-gloss but mostly satin finish.

“The Child Within”

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Original concept of shapes and symbols within the geometric connections of lines.  Here we acknowledge some of those by accentuating the different blocks with contrast, pointing out diamonds, triangles, stars, crosses, hexagons, and more.   We challenge the mind to try to count exactly how many shapes and symbols are hidden within this one foot of contrast.

Sitting atop this most interesting plant of opposite colors buds a cube with the image of Shirley Temple, who in this piece represents the child in all of us who is happy, curious, kind and gentle,  but very dependent on a firmly planted figure of stabilization.

What I love about this piece is how the figure of the child stands alone, joyous and oblivious to all the chaos forming around.  The cube was formed once again from the union of several circles in a line overlapping each other, as were the accented blocks of black and white- representing a symmetry amidst unbalance, harmony within a stirred universe.

The piece is mostly acrylic with some varnish and some painting formed by pushing air through a nozzle forming unique splatters and lines, and measures28″ X 22″, unframed.

“Grounded” from Cube Series

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2′ X 18″ Acrylic Mixed Media

This painting took many different alterations until the final vision came to life.  Boasting a taste of a memory being trapped in some other dimension, it holds the bond of Male and Female inside the cube form.  A blank face represents the UN-written fate and destiny of man and woman, while another face of the cube holds a moment in time.  Suspended from the rest of the plateau, the hexagonal form sparks a bolt which splashes from within the base of the cube as a symbol of being “grounded” although disconnected from any material.