Mahurin has spent the last 30 years creating political and social illustrations for Time, Newsweek, Mother Jones, Rolling Stone, Esquire, The London Observer and New York Times Op-Ed pages and magazines; photo essays on The Texas Prison System, Abortion Clinics, Mental Hospitals, Haiti, Belfast, and Nicaragua; publishing three collections of fine art photography; and directing music videos for U2, Tom Waits, David Byrne, Ice -T, Tracy Chapman, Metallica, Sting, REM, Lou Reed, and Joni Mitchell. He is also a filmmaker whose work is in collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
“Born in a hospital perched on a seaside cliff in the surf capital of Santa Cruz, California, sixty years ago, I began an adventure that nurtured my early artistic calling. My teenage years took me to the suburban sprawl of southern California where I made the decision to make a living making art. After paying my way through Pasadena’s Art Center College of Design by creating political illustrations for The Los Angeles Times, I left my west coast nest for the wide open opportunity of New York City—and the world beyond. Thirty years later, I have returned to my beloved homeland to be reborn as a middle-age butterfly.
Be it a painting or poem, sculpture or song, every piece of art is a discovery—an invention of the imagination—compelling the artist to become an intrepid voyager on a journey through life and self: a journey not taken for the glory of any final destination of victory, but chosen for the privilege to pursue a passion with purpose.
The creative voice is a universal form of expression—not only capable of crossing boundaries of language, culture, and the ages, but transcending the human failings of hate, fear, and ignorance. To be in possession of such a unique and potent gift is to be blessed with great potential and charged with great responsibility. I long ago replaced the word creating with the word sharing. For the veteran creative professional to the ambitious art student, California Son is my opportunity to share what began for me sixty years ago.” - Matt Mahurin
Alon Arlette Aboutboul
The battle for coexistence — the one of opposites constantly that are the same in so many ways. Looking back at my work I see men and women, ladies and gentlemen. Some are alone, some together, some in crowds, sometimes looking to each other, sometimes looking away. Some are bigger, some small, but they all dance the same dance while in my mind, actually trying to exist. In my paintings, there is no concept of time. All of the objects share the same space. The past and the future are together.' - Alon Aboutboul
'In these moments of intersection, colliding between order and chaos, truth and lies, fantasy and reality, I see transformation. In the abstract and literal, I hope for a better state of mind and a better world.'
My work centers on my passion for exploring consciousness in nature through photography, architecture, and movement. The images show the movement of water in real time as it reacts to different stimuli both physical and metaphysical. It is an overwhelming feeling when you realize that you are looking at water’s blueprint for life.
SoundWaves in Water
"I took these photographs without a clear sense of where they might end up. A re-issue of the Joshua Tree album 30 years hence was certainly not part of my thinking. I guess I took them because I felt that this experience and this landscape and this moment in time ought to be remembered, and possibly at some point shared."
I don't know what it is exactly that I find so fascinating, amusing, romantic, nostalgic about the countless variations of intersection between the western sky and the miles and miles of utility lines that across my view. It's something about the towering palms and the raw hewn poles standing as kin, the knotted junctions of wire and hardware impossibly entwined, and moments of meeting- buildings, branch and frond. This is the interconnected airborne architecture of the Los Angeles skyline. It is impossible to escape and I find it endlessly inspiring. - Morleigh Steinberg
LA Sky Lines is Morleigh's first photography exhibit to date.
A native of Los Angeles California, Morleigh is a dancer, choreographer, lighting designer, filmmaker and photographer. As a dancer. choreographer she has toured the world extensively with Momix & ISO Dance and ARCANE Collective. She also has toured with U2 working as both dancer, choreographer, and creative consultant since 1993. She has has shot and directed numerous award winning short films, videos, and the full-length documentary Height of Sky.
In 2011, she and fellow dance artist Oguri founded ARCANE Collective – a production company that assembles international artists from interdisciplinary backgrounds, a hybrid of cultures and aesthetics, creating visually compelling and refined theater. Since it’s inception, ARCANE Collective’s work has been seen at the Guggenheim Museum NYC, REDCAT, Project Arts Centre Dublin, IRE, New York Live Arts, and at Grec Festival Barcelona.
As an extension into the visual arts she created ARCANE Space in 2017, with Frally Hynes.