FIELD NOTES: Weathered signage and the decay of Roy Lichtenstein’s pop-art motifs were the first thought that came from seeing Giovanni Morales paintings in “True Romance." It’s there on purpose. And the images also come from the artist's childhood memory of watching how commercial brushes shape pinstripes and letter signs. Oh, don’t call it street art in a gallery. It's the artist's dogged reading of Americana. Now, besides these painted assemblages being a reminder that 20th Century graphic art is still overlapping into fine art, I like how Morales has a Tex Avery cartoon wolf lurking as a 21st Century antagonist. “True Romance” by Giovanni Morales at Brett Wesley Gallery is open for First Friday, June 6, from 6 to 10 p.m. Runs through June 28, 2014.
ABOVE: Justin Favela's "Gypsy Rose Piñata." at Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.
Photo courtesy Petersen Automotive Museum
Serigraph Print on Rives BFK, 18"x12"
Edition of 50