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Murals of La Jolla-Richard Allen Morris

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Applied by R. A. MorrisDetail, "Applied"

Detail, "Applied"

The eighth mural of La Jolla is on an accessible wall and is printed so well on the large Miroflex cloth that the texture of the impasto looks three dimensional. Richard Allen Morris uses texture and vivid colors in his paintings; this mural is called “Applied” and is printed from a photo of the original eight-by-eleven inch work. The mural is surprisingly clear and the textures pop. This is easy to relate to,  easy to walk up close to. It reminds me of scoops of ice cream–maybe because it was especially warm on the day I walked by.

A couple of the murals seem a little worse for wear in the bright sunlight–Anya Gallaccio’s electron microscope image of a sand grain seems to be fading–the dark valleys are not nearly as dark as they used to be and Ryan McGinness’s “53 Women” is not quite as vibrant–the primary colors are just a little less startling. Of course, maybe it’s not the sun’s fault. Maybe I’m just used to seeing those two.

Baldessari's SeaScape & Brain Cloud with Palm Tree

I had lunch at George’s of the Cove and sat next to John Baldessari’s brain cloud and it is just as weird as ever. That third floor terrace is about the only place you can really see the whole of Baldessari’s mural. From the walkway below by the sea,  the top part is visible but not the deep blue of the ocean below the brain cloud.  It takes a while to get used to Baldessari but the brain cloud is my favorite Murals of La Jolla.
There will be eight more murals in the next months.

Richard Allen Morris’s Applied is fun.  It kind of sneaks up on you as you walk up Fay Street. It seems more “universal” in that you only need to appreciate the artist’s use of color and the movement given the color with the use of texture and not ponder what the deeper meaning might be. It’s a great swirl of energy.

Anya Gallaccio’s “Surf’s up” mural in La Jolla

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Anya Gallaccio's Surf's up

There are empty walls in La Jolla and the La Jolla Community Foundation is putting art on some of them. I did a post on the first two murals a while back, Kim MacConnel’s and Roy McMakin’s. This third one in the series is by Anya Gallaccio who currently is on the Visual Arts faculty at UCSD. She has international status in the art world, was short listed for the Turner Prize 2003, and was part of the 1980’s British art scene. Some of her early works self-destructed: a chocolate room, a melting ice block, rotting fruit. Fortunately, this mural is on the wall for a least a year.

detail, "Surf's up"

This mural is called “Surf’s up” and if that is all you know, you can see a tiny boat gliding down some white water. It is, after all, a couple of stone throws away from the Pacific and next to a Rubio’s on Fay Street.

But this is actually an image of a sand grain as seen by an electron microscope which is why it is not obviously anything when you first look at it. I’ve looked at medical scanning electron microscope images of hair cells in the cochlea–actually my brother made a collage of some. And other artists see art in such scans, David Scharf, for example. The weird patterns are jumping off places for all sorts of imagination excursions.

Which is why that little crystal or whatever it is looks like a boat if someone calls the scanning electron microscope image Surf’s up. Other parts of the mural will take you into other places, depending on your brain and its ability to associate.

detail, Surf's up

I like this mural. It gives the viewer possibilities.

detail, Surf's up