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Jordan Mixson: #ibelieveinMOCA for fueling my creativity

November 11, 2016 // by Denise M. Reagan

MOCA Jacksonville attracts some of the most creative people in Jacksonville who come to the Museum to find inspiration. Jordan Mixson is one of them. You'll often find him snapping photos of himself with the artwork for his entertaining Instagram account called The Sockateur.

Throughout the end of the year, we're asking people to share why they support MOCA.
 

#ibelieveinMOCA because it makes me feel super creative from MOCA Jacksonville on Vimeo.

Tell us a little bit about you.

I was born and raised right here in Jacksonville, Florida. I work in the Medicare industry and I am a professional violinist who does freelance performances. For fun, I like to capture images of the budding local scene as a mobile photographer and share my own fashion sense as The Sockateur on Instagram.

#ibelieveinMOCA because …

it makes me feel super creative. As a leading example of promoting fine art, MOCA is a staple of the cultural identity of Jacksonville.

ibelieveinMOCA The Sockateur
Images from Jordan Mixson's Instagram account The Sockateur.

Why do you support MOCA?

I support MOCA because it has always been a valued resource of connecting with the local community and being exposed to current forms of art displayed by local and national artists. To understand my art as a musician and a creative, I also need to open my mind to other forms of art and stay informed and be inspired.

Why do you think MOCA is important to the community?

MOCA is a window into helping us understand the social context and many different perspectives of our modern world. Art is necessary in understanding our own humanity and seeing new forms of creativity that challenges and expands our own sensibilities.

What did you do last time you were at MOCA?

I went to see the Project Atrium exhibition Fish Tales by Ian Johnston. It was blast to see a  hanging display of shopping carts and industrial material woven into one giant sculpture in a way I didn't think was possible!

ibelieveinMOCA Jordan Mixson Jumps
Jordan Mixson jumps for a photograph in Jensen Hande's studio. Image courtesy of Denise M. Reagan.
IbelieveinMOCA Jordan Mixson on Toes
Image courtesy of Denise M. Reagan.
ibelieveinMOCA Jordan Mixson Faces Front
Image courtesy of Denise M. Reagan.

What are some of your favorite MOCA exhibitions or artworks and why?

I loved the Smoke and Mirrors and Cargomobilities exhibitions. I'm always drawn to how artists can play with our visual senses and trick the mind to see more than one thing in the Smoke and Mirrors exhibition. I also love the use of brilliant colors that can draw in anybody and provide a sense of wonder and whimsy displayed in Cargomobilities.

Why would you tell your friends to support MOCA?

I would tell my friends that MOCA has so much to offer. It continues to provide and share different forms of art media that appeal to all ages. For my friends who love food, it satisfies  the culinary experience with NOLA MOCA. For my friends who are music lovers, I especially love the fact MOCA supports local music and promotes contemporary music performed by fine local musicians right here in Jacksonville.

We need your help

Please make a donation to MOCA Jacksonville, then share why #ibelieveinMOCA on your social media pages. Are you a member? Join MOCA and receive valuable perks while supporting access to the arts for everyone. 

IbelieveinMOCA Joelle Dietrick Cargomobilities
© Joelle Dietrick, Cargomobilities, 2015. Paint and Terylene fabric with adhesive, 40 x 60 feet. Site-specific installation at MOCA Jacksonville. Artwork mage courtesy of Doug Eng.
Video: Creative direction and portrait image courtesy of Jensen Hande Studios. Photo illustration courtesy of Andrew Fallon.

About the artwork

In Cargomobilities, Tallahassee-based painter Joelle Dietrick produced a multilayered Project Atrium mural of paint and adhesive fabric to present a visual commentary about the interconnectedness of macro economies and micro systems. Fascinated with geolocation data for cargo ships and shipping containers, the artist employs a glitch art aesthetic that allows her to analyze, recode, manipulate, and visualize data into a pulsating scene of cranes, cargo ships, and houses.

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