D'Youville College - Table of Contents
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Life is Matter and
As is murals
D'Youville College Center
320 Porter Avenue, Buffalo, NY
D'Youville College - Official Website
Pavement mural: As Is, by Casey Milbrand
Also by Casey Milbrand: Lookin' Good ... Greetings From Buffalo
Wall mural: 2020 Black Life is Matter, by Maxx Moses ... Pavement mural: 2019 As Is, by Casey Milbrand
Seven Black Life is Matter details, from left to tight, below:
Egyptian ankh symbols ... Note large (human?) eye which is detailed and turned 90° to the left in the illustration below:
Fish(?) with two eyes, one human
Polychromic halo implies that blacks are saintly (D'Youville College's mascot is "saints")
Mural title: Black Matter is Life ... "Life " is detailed below:
A Visit with the Timeless Traveler Maxx Moses
Buffalo Rising, June 22, 2020
Acclaimed muralist Maxx Moses is painting a new work along Porter Avenue at the D’Youville Campus. Moses made the trip to Buffalo from California, after being selected for the “socially and timely” job.
Moses says that the work – titled Black Matter is Life – speaks to the current social state of affairs in our country, and across the planet. With COVID-19 running rampant, and police brutality on black men making daily headlines, it was time for Moses to make the journey to Buffalo to dedicate his energy to the cause. “There’s a sense of urgency here,” he says. “We need revolutionary actions… a more universal consciousness.”
Moses, who actually attended SUNY Brockport over 30 years ago, says that he used to drive to Buffalo to paint T-shirts at Juneteenth festivals – he says that Buffalo has changed a lot since he last visited, and is honored to be contributing to the city in this special way. It is a coincidence that Moses happened to be painting this particular mural during the 2020 Juneteenth celebration, hampered by COVID-19. Or is it?
Taking a look at the mural thus far, Moses is preparing viewers for a trip into the past, as well as the future via seamless cycles of time. He refers to the experience as a sort of future memory. “Black people were the first people on the planet,” says Moses. “Black Matter is Life – this is three steps beyond Black Lives Matter. I’m painting a black man who stands beautiful, strong, and naked, in a way that we never see the black male portrayed. Why is the black man never represented this way?”
Moses also notes that since he is painting the mural on a Catholic campus, he felt that it was important to paint a divine halo around the head of the subject. He also added some Egyptian imagery [ankh] for his “ancient future” beliefs. “Life is eternal,” ponders Moses. “It’s all about connectedness. We must contemplate what is real…”
This work is being painted at corner of Porter Avenue and Fargo, in the same spot that Buffalo artist Casey Milbrand painted a sidewalk mural for National Coming Out Day back in 2019.
Apparently this corner building is also in line for a glass enclosure on the first floor, which will help to protect the murals for from the elements, while providing a more modern interior vantage point for students.
Moreover, the mural is in place to address racial justice.