Tim Bavington Joins UNLV Faculty

The gallery congratulates program artist Tim Bavington on joining the College of Fine Art’s faculty team at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. An alumnus of the school’s MA program, Bavington was also a 2014 inductee to the university’s Nevada Entertainer/Artist Hall of Fame.

UNLV is a doctoral-degree-granting institution of more than 27,000 students and 2,900 faculty and staff. Founded in 1957, the university offers more than 220 undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degree programs. UNLV is located on a 332-acre campus in dynamic Southern Nevada and is classified in the category of Research Universities (high research activity) by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The department of art in the College of Fine Arts offers the BA in art, the BFA in art, the BA in art history, and the MFA in art. The BA and BFA programs are available with concentrations in painting, drawing & printmaking, photography, graphic design, and sculpture. Bavington will focus largely on Color Theory, in addition to several other areas of concentration.

Music is the genesis of Bavington’s paintings. He is best known for translating music to canvas by assigning sounds to corresponding colors and compositions. His paintings are reminiscent of Op Art from the 1960s, yet possess the synthetic, digital glow of modern times. In his paintings, Bavington aligns the 12 notes of a musical scale with 12 tones of color from the color wheel. Using synthetic polymer paint, he translates audio — guitar music from The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, and Oasis — into vertical stripes of color that directly correspond to each note. Although his process adheres to a regimen, his paintings remain improvisational and rely on the decisions of his artistic presence. In addition to paintings, Bavington has explored large-scale sculptures, including an installation of musical energy translated to vertical bands of colored steel for The Smith Center for the Performing Arts (Las Vegas, NV). He also was awarded a General Services Adminstration Art in Architecture Award for his large-scale installation in the Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building in Portland (OR).

Bavington’s work is included in the public collections of Fredrick R. Weisman Collection (Calif.), Honolulu Art Museum, Albright-Knox Art Gallery (N.Y.), Creative Artists Agency (Calif.), Joslyn Art Museum (Neb.), Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego (Calif.), Portland Art Museum (Ore.), United Talent Agency (Calif.), Vivendi Universal (Calif.), Palm Springs Art Museum (Calif.), Denver Art Museum (Colo.), The Museum of Modern Art (N.Y.), and Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Utah State University. He has exhibited at LeeAhn Gallery (Daegu), Jack Shainman Gallery (N.Y.), Galerie Jean-Luc & Takako Richard (Paris), Space Gallery (London), Museum of Fine Arts (Mass.), Laguna Art Museum (Calif.), and the Texas Fine Arts Center among others.

For information about the artist, or available works, please email info@markmooregallery.com.

We congratulate Tim on this major accomplishment!

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Clayton Brothers Listed as Artsy Fall Highlight

The Clayton Brothers‘ current exhibition, “Open to the Public,” was recently selected by Artsy Editorial as a Fall 2014 Exhibitions highlight. Alongside exhibitions at Gagosian, L.A. Louver, and David Zwirner, “Open to the Public” was chosen as one of the publication’s premiere national shows. It has also been the subject of much critical acclaim – including reviews from Juxtapoz, Artsy Editorial, Hi-Fructose, and LA Weekly. It was also selected as a “Datebook” pick by LA Times critic, Carolina Miranda.

The brothers’ exhibition was also the subject of a substantial artist profile by art critic Hugh Hart for Fast Company, as well as a glowing review by Huffington Post arts writer, Annabel Osberg.

The show remains on view through September 27, 2014. For information about available works or the artists, please email info@markmooregallery.com.


Shaun Gladwell in DLECTRICITY

Gallery artist Shaun Gladwell will be featured in DLECTRICITY, a city-wide festival in Detroit (MI) taking place September 26-27, 2014.

DLECTRICITY – presented by DTE Energy – is Detroit’s nighttime festival of art + light that features over 35 world-renowned and emerging artists whose cutting-edge works of art will illuminate Midtown Detroit, from the Detroit Institute of Arts down to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. This two-night “Nuit Blanche” festival is scheduled for Friday, September 26 and Saturday, September 27 in Midtown Detroit from 7:00 p.m. to midnight. Saturday night also features the DLECTRICITY Light Bike Parade where thousands of cyclists will bike a 4-mile route through Midtown Detroit, adding extra light and energy to the streets. Weekend programming also includes artist talks and performances. DLECTRICITY is produced by Midtown Detroit, Inc. and is free to the public.

Gladwell will present his 2012 video, Broken Dance (Beatboxed). This project will run concurrently with the artist’s inclusion in Moving Image: Istanbul, which takes place September 25-28, 2014. For information about available works by Shaun Gladwell, or additional background on the artist, please email info@markmooregallery.com

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Kim Rugg Acquired by Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

The gallery is pleased to announce the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston‘s formal acquisition of Kim Rugg‘s “America” (2013) for its permanent collection.

In her maps, Rugg re-envisions the topography of various states, countries, continents, and even the world without borders, featuring a staggeringly precise hand-drawn layout with only city names and regions as reference points. In own sense of abstracted cartography, Rugg redistributes traditional map colors (or eliminates them entirely) in order to nullify the social preeminence given to constructed territories, and highlight the idea that our attention is manipulated to focus on the powerful few instead of the physical many.

Rugg received her MFA in Sculpture from the Royal College of Art (London). Her work can be seen in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Art (D.C.) and the Frederick R. Weisman Foundation (CA), the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego (CA), the Norton Museum (FL), and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston (TX) among others. She has been included in exhibitions at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (CA), Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts (NY), Galerie Schmidt Maczollek (Cologne), and Nettie Horn Gallery (Manchester), and was the recipient of the Thames and Hudson Prize from the Royal College of Art Society in 2004. She lives and works in London (UK).

We congratulate Kim on this major milestone! For information about the artist, or available works, please email info@markmooregallery.com


Shaun Gladwell at Moving Image: Istanbul

Mark Moore Gallery is proud to announce program artist Shaun Gladwell‘s inclusion in Moving Image: Istanbul, a global art fair devoted exclusively to contemporary video. For the first time, the fair will hold an edition of its critically acclaimed fair model in the Kuleli Building at the Halic Congress Center, September 25-28, 2014, concurrently with the ArtInternational art fair.

The gallery will present Shaun Gladwell’s newest video, “A Study in Stillness and Balance,” (2014), which depicts a figure (the artist) balancing on an off-road mountain bicycle in various locations throughout Campbelltown (AUS). These performances involve the rider remaining as still as possible within urban spaces at night. Only small and subtle movements of the rider are detected. Occasionally, a car will pass through the background of an otherwise still and quiet urban scene, illustrating a brief juxtaposition between the static and active aspects of modern society. The notion of stillness and balance becomes a play on Eastern models of meditation, which often associate exterior, physical stillness and balance with emotional and spiritual equilibrium. Gladwell draws a connection between Eastern philosophy and global sociopolitical well-being via this metaphor, drawing special attention to the paradox of sitting atop an unmoving bicycle. Through his literal, physical immobility, Gladwell embodies the stagnant nature of cultural politics and policy within the Campbelltown region, and modern world at large – an evocative reference to the shortcomings of our political and spiritual progress. This fair presentation will be the global debut of this work to the public.

Shaun Gladwell (b. 1972) is an Australian-born, London-based artist. He completed Associate Research at Goldsmiths College, London in 2001 and has since undertaken numerous international residencies and commissions. He has exhibited prodigiously in Europe, North and South America, and in the Asia Pacific Region. International 2013 exhibition highlights include those at the Royal Academy of Arts (London), “California-Pacific Triennial” at the Orange County Museum of Art (CA), KUAD Gallery (Istanbul), and “Video Forever,” a touring exhibition, featured at Gallery Magda Danysz (Paris), Palais de Tokyo (Paris), and the Museum of Lyon (France). Gladwell’s work is included in the public collections of the Art Gallery of New South Wales (Sydney), Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney), Museum of Contemporary Art (Tokyo), Orange County Museum of Art (CA), Progressive Art Collection (PA), SCHUNCK (Heerlen), VideoBrasil (Brazil), Wadsworth Atheneum (CT), among many others. The artist lives and works in the UK.

The Curatorial Advisory Committee for Moving Image Istanbul 2014 includes Paula Alzugaray (Independent curator, São Paulo, Brazil), Sabine Brunckhorst (Collector, Hamburg, Germany), Dan Cameron (Chief Curator, Orange County Museum of Art Newport Beach, California), Kathleen Forde (Artistic Director, Borusan Contemporary Istanbul, New York, NY, and Istanbul, Turkey), Kenichi Kondo (Curator, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan), and Azra Tüzünoglu (Founder and Director, PILOT Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey).

Admission to the fair is free. For special events programming and fair details, please visit the fair’s visitor page. For information about the availability of Shaun Gladwell’s featured work, please contact the gallery, and we will accommodate your needs.


Christopher Russell: Portland Fall Visual Arts Pick

Gallery artist Christopher Russell‘s current exhibition at Elizabeth Leach Gallery (Portland, OR) was recently chosen by the Willamette Week as a Critic’s Pick. Says critic Richard Speer:

How would you photograph the end of the world? Christopher Russell takes up that question in a new series of altered photographs, Dissonance, Coincidence & Errant Gradations of Light. Using a cheap camera lens, he does something we’re told never to do: With his camera as his eye, he looks directly into the sun. The resulting images capture sprays of spookily brilliant overexposure. As if these images weren’t ominous enough already, Russell subsequently subjects them to a battery of physical batterings to further distress the prints. He scratches them with sharp objects, folds them into sections and sometimes hurls them onto the ground and stomps on them. It leads to a sooty, ragged appearance—the way a photograph might look after a nuclear explosion.

Don’t miss this incredible show, on view at the gallery through September 27, 2014. New works by the artist are also our current “Featured Works” for this week. For additional information about these, and other works by the artist, please email info@markmooregallery.com.

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David Maisel at UNM Art Museum

Program artist David Maisel will open a solo exhibition at the University of New Mexico Art Museum this Friday, September 12, 2014. Titled “David Maisel/ Black Maps: American Landscape and the Apocalyptic Sublime,” the show will survey four chapters of Maisel’s larger ongoing series titled “Black Maps.” The exhibition was curated by Lisa Tamiris Becker (Director, Center for the Humanities and the Arts) and Helmut Müller-Sievers (Eaton Professor of Humanities, University of Colorado Boulder). Says the university:

Composed of large-scale photographs, this exhibition leads the viewer on a hallucinatory journey through landscapes in the American West that have been transformed through the physical and environmental effects of industrial-scale water diversion projects, open-pit mineral extraction, and urban sprawl. Maisel’s powerful aerial photographs exist as aesthetic and political archives documenting the impact of both human consumption and inhabitation. More than mere records, these photographs evoke sublime beauty and apocalyptic destruction, positioning Maisel at the forefront of a complex new approach to framing and interpreting issues of contemporary landscape and culture. Maisel’s mineral-based, painterly color prints transform poisonous human-altered landscapes into subjects and objects of extreme beauty while simultaneously unveiling the magnitude of hidden ecological devastation that punctuates the vast interior of the American West, a space that is often represented in the visual, cinematic, and literary arts as endless and eternal.

The show will remain on view in the Main Gallery and Clinton Adams Gallery September 13 – December 20, 2014, with an opening reception, Friday, September 12, 6 – 8 pm (preceded by a members’ preview at 5 pm).