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Beth Moore-Love could just perhaps the greatest living artist working in America today! Her works can be found in private collections throughout the United States and Europe. She is a national treasure and yet, she is virtually unknown. Filmmaker Larry Wessel is determined to change that with his nine year labor of love…his feature-length documentary called LOVE.
THE ART OF BETH MOORE-LOVE
“My ‘artwork’ has always been very cynical and ANGRY. I read a quote once, I don’t remember who said it, something about the purpose of art being to soothe the spirit after a hard day of ‘reality’. What does that mean? I once saw a two-page advertisement for some stupid car, on one side of the fold-out was a photo of Monument Valley, morphing into the skyline of Manhattan. On the other page, over Monument Valley was written, ‘The Dream’, over Manhattan was written, “The Reality”. And I saw right away that this was completely backwards. So my purpose as an artist is to soothe these people who turn our world upside-down for profit? These people who feel spiritually bereft after a hard day of raping and pillaging? F*ck that. I will NOT. I’m going to sneak it on the wall, and slap the sh*t out of them with the truth of it. Is there ugliness and horror in my work? Absolutely. Do you think that my work is distasteful? You are correct!”
– Beth Moore-Love
“Provides a fascinating insight into what makes Moore-Love tick, throwing up explanations as to why she paints such shocking subjects. It’s rare to see such a personal examination of an artist and their creative process. and to feel as though you’ve been allowed access to their most private thoughts and inspirations; and while the pace is slow and the structure is stark, this perfectly reflects the meticulous nature of Moore-Love’s intricate outpourings.”
– Billy Chainsaw, Bizarre Magazine
“A unique perspective on the artist’s personal history…comprehensive in it’s dissection of Beth Moore-Love’s artwork…this is the place for the straight skinny on all of it…it’s fascinating.” – Mark Bell, Film Threat
“This documentary may not be for the squeamish, but it’s well worth watching for an in- depth portrait of a significant American artist who has been addressing big issues in her complex, amazing paintings for decades.”
– Matt Dukes Jordan, Fleshapoidfilms
“This is a masterpiece that everyone with a taste for the beautiful, the gruesome, the thought provoking and the wickedly funny should see. Highly recommended! Larry Wessel’s LOVE is amazing.”
– Visa Disablot, Mesikämmen
“In his typical exuberant style Wessel goes in search of the soul of the artist Beth Moore-Love. Her grotesque, colorful paintings show a dysfunctional universe of joyful cruelty and perverse little girls. As always, humor and transgression in Wessel’s eccentric films go hand in hand.” – Sofie Verdoodt, OFFoff art cinema
“This movie needs to be seen in art classes all over the world!”
– Tanner Toobach, Unboxed Watched and Reviewed