Gardy Loo, 2006-2007, fabric, safety pins, key chains, beaded Mardi Gras necklaces, Halloween trinkets, fake boa, basketball net, fake hair, rock band patches, hair clips, costume jewelry, plastic purse, small flag, rearview mirror dice, toy sword, car deodorizer, CD, stained-glass ornament, fishnet stockings, combs, Afro pick, lighters, bandanas, spray paint and paint, 213 x 152 x 76 cm, courtesy of the artist and Fred Snitzer Gallery, Miami
Gean Moreno's colorful sculptures are composed of multiple recycled materials. Several of these elements are sewn to one another; most of them, however, are held together with safety pins, and some of them are piled into a three-dimensional assemblage. The patchwork assemblage Gardy Loo* was originally composed as a backdrop for a performance of a scat-metal band by the same name. The materials used by Moreno are borrowed from a visual fringe culture of flea markets, cheap pop objects and street aesthetics; the result resembles a psychedelic bulletin board. The excess, density and obsessive attention to details produce abstract compositions that may be interpreted as a poetic expression of bifurcated consciousness - of the social disorientation and confused identities that characterize contemporary mass culture.
Born in New York, 1972; lives and works in Miami, Florida
* The term "gardy Loo" was originally a cry used in Scotland to warn pedestrians when bedpans were about to be emptied from the upstairs window.