Daniel Motz: Reliquaries for the Machine Age | Frank Schroeder: Impulse, Desire and Decorum | Opening Reception | April 17, 2015. 

 

"Reliquaries for the Machine Age," explores Daniel Motz’s rein visioning of discarded mechanical parts into intricate assemblages. Motz emigrated to the U.S. from Arad, Romania in 1978 and went on to receive his MFA in Motion Picture and Television at UCLA in 1984. For these unique assemblages Motz has collected the detritus left in the wake of our technological progress. These assemblages serve as an archeological record of where we’ve been and who we were shaped by the bits and pieces of machinery that surrounded our daily lives. Motz has taken that sense of history and turned it on its head by reconstructing them in such a way as to evoke the sense of future worlds and modernized cities. Most assemblages are finished with a matte black spray that unifies the culturally disparate and obsolete fossils into a singular piece designed to hold the ruin of our mechanical past in a beautiful reliquary.

Frank Schroeder produces a modern painting with always an underlying classicism. Also very inspired by music and urban art, he does his paintings as graffiti on a wall, as a piece of Hip Hop, fast, responsive and instinctive. So he chose to work with acrylic (and many times chalk, oil pastels and mainly collage with painted -by himself- kraft paper) on canvas because of rapid drying and it is well suited to his style “no time to loose”. “To challenge each brush stroke … think about every brush stroke … change the world in every brush stroke, a story with one image, a story that lives and changes as it is painted …” Often overlaping several stories on a single canvas. A painting is never finished, never definitive, it is a mental projection and personal evolution that continues, even hung it must continue to tell a story to the beholder. In fact, the difficulty is not to start a painting but to accept to finish it.