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July 11, 2017

“MOSES”

by Zoueh  

Hidden away only steps from more popular attractions, few visitors to Rome ever happen across the Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli unless they’re on a quest to see Michelangelo’s early 1500s masterpiece of Moses holding the Ten Commandments. For the opening of “The Greatest of Them All” show at KGB Gallery, Eric Skotnes, aka Zoueh, brought Moses a little closer to LA art fans. From doing graffiti as a teenager Skotnes went on to study figurative painting under artist Steve Huston before eventually making his way to Art Center in Pasadena. No longer satisfied with simply writing his name he feels a responsibility to send a message with his art, “I want it to be better and deeper.” But that doesn’t mean he’s completely abandoned his graffiti roots, often weaving together letterforms and figures as in this characteristic 2014 piece on Spring St. in Los Angeles.  @zoueh_skotnes  @kgbgallery  

THE END OF DESIRE - Parshat Yitro

I always forget the last commandment.

Whenever I’m trying to remember the Ten Commandments, I always come up with the first nine. 1. I am the Lord thy God - the big opener! 2. No other Gods! 3. No taking the Lord’s name in vain! 4. Remember the sabbath. 5. Honor your parents. And then the ‘Thou Shalt Nots’:  6. Thou shalt not kill - of course. 7. Thou shalt not commit adultery. 8. Thou shalt not steal. 9. Thou shalt not lie. And thou shalt not… thou shalt not..

Covet.

Oh right. Number ten. “Thou shalt not covet.”

Wait, but what does that mean, anyway - to covet? Well, here’s the Webster’s definition:

covet: to want (something that you do not have) very much

So… no wanting something you don’t have! Only want what you already have! Got it?

Hmm. I gotta say, that sounds pretty tough to follow. 

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