Bend into unfiltered mediums of form and vibration with vocalist and artist Fishbone. Preview of his show and appearances at Gallery 725 in Jacksonville Beach.
JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. — Angelo Moore is the highly combustible lead vocalist of famed Los Angeles-based punk-funk-ska and soul band Fishbone (currently dating his band, Angelo Moore and the Brand New Step). He is also a multimedia artist whose pieces draw from an active bag of tricks – drama, satire, graffiti poetry and painting.
“Angelo Moore: AVANT ICONS – the Collected Works” will be on display Friday through May 29 at Gallery 725 in Jacksonville Beach.
Moore’s pieces are a bold mish-mash, a stream-of-consciousness mix of archetypal imagery layered with hand-drawn lyrics and script. He reinvents and reinterprets historical works.
“The Last Supper” in Moore’s Hands is rendered as “The Last Upper” with Moore’s musical heroes in place of the Apostles. Another depicts Moses with the Ten Commandments separating a Red Sea from a deep blue. And Salvador Dali is associated with the superhero Flavor-Flav from Public Enemy.
Moore (Aka Dr. Madd Vibe) imbues it all with a quickness, unafraid to slap a hallowed image with dirt and the zing of television consciousness from a pop culture world. Moore’s mental activity exists at a flashpoint between deep thought, cartoon brain, and broad cultural observation.
- Gallery 725, 1250 Beach Blvd., will host an Opening Champagne Reception Friday from 6-8 p.m.
- Moore will make appearances at the gallery on May 27 and 28 from 6 to 9 p.m. and May 29 from 1 to 3 p.m.
- All exhibited works will be available for purchase. The exhibition and Moore’s gallery appearances are free and open to the public.
- Moore will also have “Avant President” collectible stickers, each featuring a QR code for a unique piece of performance art where he explains the embellishments around that particular president.
Moore spoke from his “laboratory” in Glendale, California. He was hands-free, on headphones, speaking fast and shredding, while working on an artwork that will appear at the Jacksonville Beach show:
Moore: A piece of Bugs Bunny. I do a lot of art around Bugs Bunny. Make a song around Bugs too. Reading and noting shapes and vibrations, you know, for those who like to look lightly. The play will have a few words, a little script too, for those who like to go a little further. I am trying to present a table. Decode and decipher.
I’m also working on a Jimi Hendrix track where I put the lyrics to the Fishbone song “Rock Star” from the album “Chim Chim’s Badass Revenge”.
The piece has three super saturated faces of Jimi Hendrix. I think it works with the lyrics of “Rock Star”, which is about black rock and roll in white America and history.
What will you do after the Three-Faced Hendrix?
Moore: I have a piece of Pam Grier in progress, and another of Roger Rabbit. Roger Rabbit has a story behind him called “I gave all my money to the girls at the Titty Bar”.
The story of Pam Grier’s play is taken from a short story I wrote for a book I published when Fishbone first went to Holland for the Lollapalooza festival.
I was quite culturally shocked in Holland. I mean, I had never had fries with mayonnaise before. I had met a Dutch girl, she was really nice, and she called me an N word.
And she did it with a smile on her face too, because that’s what her parents told her people like me were. So I had to correct her on that. [Laughs]
It was the first time I experienced this type of racism, where this is what your parents tell you these other types of people are like. Like, it’s a chair. It’s a dog. It’s a car. And it’s an N-word. I was like, wow, this is crazy. So it’s the culture, a European-like culture, where some forms of racism are different from those in America.
Where is Pam Grier from?
Moore: Because Pam Greer is holding a sawed-off shotgun. It’s from the movie “Coffy” I think. I’m pretty sure she was targeting Klan or redneck cops in the movie. So I thought Pam’s image would fit the piece with what I was writing around her.
Your process seems unfiltered. Ideas flow from your brain to the canvas seamlessly.
Moore: I hope that when people see my pieces, they will have an open mind and maybe see my travels and experiences with empathy. Lately some people have had a hard time taking a joke. And they feel like going up and slapping the comedian in the face or maybe pulling a knife on a comedian, or maybe even shooting them like they did Dimebag Darrell from the band Pantera, because they do not understand. Or they are too sensitive. And they and their point of view, they take it personally.
Comedy, music, drama and art are not meant to be taken so personally. It’s someone else’s experience on screen, or in song, or on the web. Art, music and poetry are mediums where we are meant to be able to express ourselves freely without being taken as personal.
I’m not even going to mention Will Smith because his slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars was on a higher international level.
What happened to Dimebag Darrell was a stupid fan who thought, “Oh, I want to shoot Dimebag Darrell because he took my favorite band away from me,” or something stupid like that. Whatever the shooter’s reason, it wasn’t good. enough to take someone’s life.
Will Smith is one of my favorite actors. When he lost his temper, to me it was the equivalent of Obama or Malcolm X losing their temper on national TV. And these are the people who aren’t supposed to lose their temper. They are meant to be a representative for everyone to follow.
Will Smith kind of opened a door for people to feel like they could cross the sacred line of the stage and assault the person who is there, the actor, the artist or the musician.
I have to say, if anyone feels like they don’t like what I’m saying or doing, or they misunderstand it, and they’re hot and angry about it, they should stay his home. They can watch it on YouTube, right? One of the precious things we have left is music. Art and music, and freedom of expression
Moore: And Bugs Bunny! Exactly. [Laughs]
You don’t degrade sacred imagery with your art, you remake it. You reinvent things, like “The Last Upper”. You reinterpret.
Moore: Interpreting, yes. Refacing, yes. Reading shapes and vibrations.
We are in America. We are supposed to be in the land of the free. It’s getting harder right now with some people, like those black people who were killed in Buffalo by the crazed white supremacist. I hope they give his ass the death penalty. But the way America is, they’ll probably let him go or give him a soft sentence.
The people he massacred were mothers, grandparents and uncles. They were killed just living their lives. Because the shooter had his head full of propaganda and misplaced anger?
How do you get these narrow-minded people? The people running the propaganda channels have to call it entertainment because it’s not true. They had all the money. They say it’s their opinion. But lunatics like this racist Buffalo shooter eat it.
I’m not good at remembering names. I just remember shapes and feelings. You know, sounds, movements and vibrations. I guess that’s how my mind works.
I believe all types of art are important. Like the art you see on the side of freight trains, the graffiti on buildings. So much fine art.
What do you serve at your Last Supper? What meal is served at Angelo Moore’s Last Upper?
Moore: You have Sly and the Family Stone on the table serving rhythm and blues and funk. And there’s Bad Brains over there to the left. A big side of Screamin’ Jay Hawkis.
We have a little slice of punk, rock and reggae and there’s a choice cut of Darby Crash from the Germs. He has his eggs on a plate and Jim Beam and from what I remember from that movie “The Decline of Western Civilization”. And a big meal from singer Jackie Wilson.
Music and visuals are what I serve. And the vibrations. As musicians, when we play an instrument, we create vibrations that people feel. Electric vibes – which are guitars, keys and stuff like that. Then you have acoustic vibrations, which are drums, horns and percussion.
They are all vibrations, and vibrations move people. Think of when you place a small dish of water over a bass speaker. Water vibrates and moves in patterns. And the majority of the human body is water, you know? So think about what the vibration of that sound does to our body.
When the music is playing. He can create a waltz, or an R&B dance, or hip-hop dance, or mosh pits, or even a slow dance. They are all different vibrations.
It can move us in a good way. It can move us in the wrong way. It’s what’s in our hearts. If you have good in your heart, then that is what will come out.