Ordinary People, a new public art installation by LGBTQIA+ artist Peter Moen is debuting in Redwood City. The installation will feature over fifty portrait paintings of members of the LGBTQIA+ community and will be on view at the Art Kiosk until Feb. 26.
Each painted face captures a different individual to highlight that people’s similarities and differences help foster a well-rounded and complete society, according to a news release by the Redwood City Improvement Association.
Moen uses his skills as a portrait painter to make comments on current events by using partially abstract elements in his paintings. He primarily uses oil paint on wood panels, canvas, or other substrates like single-use plastic when commenting on ocean plastic pollution. He also works on large-scale commissioned murals and sculptural installations. He has been widely exhibiting in the Bay Area and the United States.
Moen will continue to add new faces to the installation and invites the community to sign up to have their portrait painted and added to the installation. On the last day of the exhibition, all subjects are invited to take home their painting as a gift from Moen, Fung Collaboratives, and RCIA.
Fung Collaboratives and the Redwood City Improvement Association brought this public art installation to Art Kiosk (2208 Broadway St., Redwood City) as a part of the rotation of exhibits in 2023. Ordinary People is part of the Redwood City Improvement Association’s ongoing effort to enhance the community’s fine art scene for residents and visitors.