Truth Be Told: Irving Norman and the Human Predicament

Irving Norman painting
The Human Condition, 1980-81, 120x182 inches
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Saturday, October 27, 2018 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm


Truth Be Told: Irving Norman and the Human Predicament
A film by Ray Day
Original Score Composed and Performed by Maikel Garcia

This is a 62-minute film about the Social Surrealist artist Irving Norman, who lived on Tunitas Creek Road in Half Moon Bay from the 1960s until his passing in 1989. His story is told by the people who knew him best, his wife, Hela, family friends, and the museum curators who rediscovered and promoted his work.

Half Moon Bay filmmaker Ray Day will be present for a Q&A after the movie.

1988 IrvingFor fifty years Irving Norman worked tirelessly in relative obscurity creating paintings of monumental size both physically and in their complexity of content. He examined the world in terms of our hyper-kinetic society calling it, "The Human Predicament." Widely read and keenly observant, little escaped Irvin's scrutiny: from the ever-widening economic division between those who have and those who have not, the tragedy of war and illusion of peace, to the physical and psychological effects of our fast-paced, technologically dependent society has on all of us. For decades his efforts remained known to only a handful of curators and supporters who admired his vision and technical virtuosity. Thanks to these curators and the success of his wife's efforts to keep his work and beliefs alive, he has achieved a certain amount of success...on his terms.

1944 great orator"I am not powerfully concerned about...popularity. I just hope that my work has relevance to some people, has some effect on them, to humanize them, to make them more humane." It is now almost twenty-five years since his passing and the bold statements in Irving's work continue to resonate, especially in this uncertain second decade of the twenty-first century. It is time for Irving's creative legacy to touch a new generation.

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