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Using Practical Geometry, a technique used by masons and carpenters to render geometric shapes, MOMO has developed a methodology for creating abstract art. Over the summer, MOMO taught his methodology to students in Mural Arts’ Art Education program, and then painted a mural with the students, using the same techniques. The workshops were complemented by creating “how-to” videos that instructs others on implementing the practice. In October, youth from the Art Education classes will teach MOMO’s techniques to the general public.
MOMO is an artist who works outdoors with systems and homemade tools. His current interests lie within an evolving range of adapted masonry techniques, which he implements to draft, design, and organize murals. Born in San Francisco in 1974, MOMO has traveled for most of his life; he lived in New York for six years and currently keeps a studio in New Orleans. In 2008, Rojo published his first monograph “3AM-6AM,” and in 2012, Studio Cromie published his second, “In 74 Pieces.” In 2013, he worked with Re+Public Lab to develop a fully augmented reality mural in St. Louis, and New Orleans’ May Gallery hosted his immersive installation show Butt Joints. In addition that year, Studio Cromie produced a Caribbean painting tour and exhibition in Southern Italy, and the New York DOT commissioned a 200-foot-long mural between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges in Dumbo, Brooklyn.
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Open Source events:
Make Art with MOMO: PAFA Edition - October 4
MOMO's Murals: A Reception at Sonesta Philadelphia - October 5
Full Steam Ahead: Curious Minds on Art in Education - October 8
Make Art with MOMO: Franklin Institute Edition - October 10
© 2015, untitled, Sonesta Philadelphia, 1800 Market Street. Photo by Steve Weinik.
© 2015, untitled, 1831 Frankford Avenue. Photo by Steve Weinik.
© 2015, untitled (detail), 1831 Frankford Avenue. Photo by Steve Weinik.
MOMO with Mural Arts Art Education students at 1831 Frankford Avenue. Photo by Steve Weinik.
MOMO teaching Practical Geometry to Mural Arts Art Education students. Photo by Steve Weinik.