MMA goes high art



Nine new paintings from Southern California artist, Jorg Dubin, will go on display this May at Peter Blake Gallery in Laguna Beach, CA. The new works feature subjects from the arena of mixed martial arts fighting. MMA is an ever-expanding sport that draws on the theatre of professional wrestling, the brutal force of boxing and the brash individualism of NASCAR.

Dedicated MMA fans will recognize many of the subjects of the paintings. However, Dubin does not seek to merely record or portray the personalities of the sport. These paintings explore the entire scope of the MMA cultural phenomena – the mindset of the fans, the psychology of the combatants and the vibrant spectacle of the competition. MMA fights present the basest form of conflict – dominance and submission. Dubin depicts this conflict through the juxtaposition of the brute fighter and the demure female form. In MMA, to “submit” is akin to giving up, to saying “uncle”, to lose. However, as a metaphor for human existence, one “submits” to life’s challenges and yet does not succumb. One overcomes.

To overcome and withstand pain while inflicting pain on an opponent is the fighter’s challenge. The ultimate goal of the fighter is to force submission. As humans, we rest on a history of conflict. We cherish victory. To force our hand on our opponent. To be superior both mentally and physically. Yet, in the course of our lives, there are times when we must also “submit” to our struggles, our emotions and to others. Through submission we gain perseverance. Through submission we understand the resilience of the human spirit, a resilience that is more meaningful than any short-lived victory in or out of the ring.

A reception for the artist will be held on May 6, 2010, 6-9pm. The exhibition runs through May 30, 2010

Peter Blake Gallery

435 Ocean Avenue, Laguna Beach, CA. 92651

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tags: Brock Lesnar (detail)  Chuck Liddell (detail)     


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D_S_A site profile image  

4/26/10 9:57 PM by D_S_A

its banal, its obvious, and that was before he had to spell out the differences in emotion in each piece

RedDragonUK site profile image  

4/26/10 9:55 PM by RedDragonUK

I think that maybe this is a misplaced subject matter and i'm not too sure whats going on with his lighting. Nice colours though, very nice.

Mad Xyientist site profile image  

4/26/10 9:44 PM by Mad Xyientist


maumoco site profile image  

4/26/10 9:43 PM by maumoco

the brock one is his best but I am not impressed also as far as High Art.... he doesn't show any creativity or genuineness, it shows nothing special with the figures nor the subject-matter, it lacks on a lot of levels, but find my self liking it as "folk art" tho, but not high art... the guy who draws figure with pencil on this forum has more originality than Mr. Jorg Dubin, no disrespect, but his nudes is off the hook but mma figures maybe if they were nude might have a chance to be an original idea/ style/ expression....Antonno Sifuentes "Artist"

Bravo1 site profile image  

4/26/10 4:03 PM by Bravo1

he did terrible with Chuck's gut

membrane site profile image  

4/26/10 3:59 PM by membrane

Not very creative. I am not impressed by the artist's performance.

NDmmafan site profile image  

4/26/10 3:33 PM by NDmmafan

 Porn and MMA cant beat that combo! lol.

TheClips site profile image  

4/26/10 2:40 PM by TheClips

lol @ selling these paintings for $12,000-$15,000....I mean, that'd be awesome if he was able to, but I highly doubt that anyone will.

Combat Vette site profile image  

4/26/10 2:07 PM by Combat Vette


FirstNobleTruth site profile image  

4/26/10 1:55 PM by FirstNobleTruth

Pretty cool IMO