Ryan Wallace in “Altered States”

Gallery artist Ryan Wallace is included in the group exhibition, “Altered States,” which is currently on view at Galerie Jérôme Pauchant through April 4, 2015.

Says the gallery:

An approach that is both singular and collective brings together artists presented here. While visually very different, the exhibited works create a common language around the handling of the manufactured object and processing of organic materials. Their original use is diverted to disappear behind his own formal paradox desecration of art.
The intrusion of raw elements from the real (colored protective film for car glass, rubber bullets, palm leaves, inks cartridge printers or foil) joined this “perceptual approach to reality” dear to the New Realists, as well as the positioning of natural elements and “poor products” compositional elements in Arte Povera. This re-reading is part of a discourse of modernity and a language specific to the twenty-first century.

Also included in the exhibition are works by Graham Collins, Evan Robarts, January S. Hansen, and Niall McClelland.

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


Allison Schulnik in “Strange Plants II”

Gallery artist Allison Schulnik has works featured in “Strange Plants II,” the second book in a series that celebrates plants in contemporary art. Produced by Zioxla, the book features the work of 30 artists, including Schulnik, and explores what these artists think about plants and how they portray them in their work.

Says the publisher:

It includes viscous paintings of drooping flower arrangements; intuitive photographs of lily pads and lithe bodies; mixed-media collages that juxtapose the tranquility of Japanese Ikebana with the chaotic energy of vandalism; and much more. Editor Zio Baritaux brought together several artists who take a unique approach to incorporating plants into their work: Allison Schulnik, Misha Hollenbach, Francesca DiMattio, Zin Taylor, Katarina Janeckova, Stills & Strokes and Ren Hang. Schulnik, for example, used her own garden as a character in one of her short films; Stills & Strokes projected colors and geometric shapes onto the leaves of plants in botanical gardens; and DiMattio filled the sculptures in her exhibition with dramatic and unruly flowers.

“The aim of Strange Plants II is to continue the compelling conversations about how we perceive and interpret both the bizarre and beautiful sides of art and nature,” editor Zio Baritaux says. “Since the release of the first book, a community of like-minded, inquisitive and creative people has grown up around these conversations, and I hope this community will expand with the publication of this book.”

Strange Plants II was designed by Folch Studio, an award-winning design house in Barcelona. The book is 148 pages in length, and comes with eight adhesives so that readers can select their three favorite images and create their own unique covers.”

The book was recently featured on Oyster Magazine, to positive acclaim. “Strange Plants II” is available for pre-order now, and begins to ship on March 9. Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery.

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


Lester Monzon at MAINSITE Contemporary

Paintings by gallery artist Lester Monzon are currently on view at MAINSITE Contemporary (OK) in the group show, “Abstract Abstract.” Also featuring work by Josh Aster, Elise Dietrich, David Kelley, Chris Kuhn, Jacob Melchi, Ellen Moershel, Brad Stevens, Greta Svalberg, and Sungwon Yun, the show was curated by Tim Stark, and will remain on view through March 13, 2015. Says the gallery:

Abstraction is often thought of as the the movement that changed modernism through visually and physically breaking down the constructs of classical and early modernist art. It also responded to the rapidly developing world and changed the way in which people viewed and understood art and their surroundings. As a result, abstraction began to grow in popularity and size. Abstract paintings, not bound by the constraints typical of representational artwork, were only limited by the relative limitations of the paint and the surface being used. The trend of unbound abstraction, a perfect example of the modernist montra “art for art’s sake,” expanded throughout the duration of the modernist era and resulted in an almost fetishistic obsession with extra large scale works.
While most contemporary artists are no longer satisfied with making art simply for the sake of art, abstraction is still a major element in the contemporary art world. This is, in part, due to its inherent ability to directly respond to a constantly changing world and an ever more complicated human condition. In contemporary painting this focus on elements of culture as well as art history, medium, and surface has allowed abstraction to continue to evolve. One of the fantastic results of this evolution is abstraction’s return to the small scale painting.
Challenging by nature, small scale works offer the artists the ability to work quickly and decisively, while giving a focus on craft and detail that is rarely seen in extra large abstraction. They also give the viewer an intimate experience and a revealing look into the process and creation of the work. Abstract Abstract is an exhibition, displaying over 40 works by 11 artists from across the country, that serves to spotlight the breadth and depth of small scale abstraction in contemporary painting.

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


David Maisel Lecture at Denver Art Museum

Tomorrow – Saturday, February 28, 2015, from  7-8:30pm – gallery artist David Maisel will give a lecture on his work at the Denver Art Museum. As part of the museum’s “Month of Photography” programming, the artist has been specially invited by the DAM Photography Department with support from the Cooke Daniels Fund and the Anderman Photography Lecture Series.

Says the museum:

David Maisel is notable for photographing the unseen and the unseeable. Both in his landscapes and in his recent work with objects, he entices the viewer through the use of abstraction and unreal color. 

Maisel’s photographs reveal a fascination with society’s mark on the terrain. He utilizes the aerial view to make clear the aesthetics of entropy by highlighting disjunctions between human and geologic time. Through framing, condensing space, and removing contextual references of foreground and background, he places emphasis on the forms and colors of water and earth that are the environmental consequence of industrializing nature.

While Maisel’s work is rooted in photography’s tradition of recording, the monumental scale and presentation of his prints also draw upon the language of abstract painting. Despite this visual correspondence, the work acts equally as a subversion of modernism as the inherent beauty of the often-horrific situations raises questions regarding the power of the sublime.
David Maisel was born in New York City in 1961 and lives and works in Sausalito, CA. A survey of his work, Black Maps: American Landscape and the Apocalyptic Sublime, traveled to institutions including the CU Art Museum and University of New Mexico Art Museum in 2013-14. An associated monograph was released by Steidl in 2013.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 students with ID, $10 for DAM members and CPAC members, $15 general admission: https://tickets.denverartmuseum.org/selection.aspx?item=1208

Ticketed with member discount. Purchase tickets online or call 720-913-0130. For additional details, e-mail photography@denverartmuseum.org.

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


Featured Works: Kim Rugg

The gallery is pleased to present new works by program artist Kim Rugg. These pieces can be viewed by visiting the gallery’s “Featured Works” page on the website.

In her most recent body of work – focusing primarily on global maps – Kim Rugg (b. 1963, Canada)  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. With a steady hand and a rapidograph pen, she alters the visual and emotional interpretations of our increasingly globalized society. This month, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, acquired an ambitious work from this series titled “America” (2013) for its permanent collection – we send Kim our congratulations on this major milestone.

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).

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


Allison Schulnik’s Global Film Festivals

Recent films by gallery artist Allison Schulnik are about to be seen around the world – as her videos embark on a global film festival spree starting this month. In February alone, “Eager” (2014) will be featured at Anima (Belgium), and the Lucca Film Festival (Italy), while “Mound” (2011) will be shown at Fest Anca (Slovakia). Additionally in March, “Eager” will also be shown at the Holland Animation Film Festival (Netherlands).

Over the summer, “Eager” will be showcased at the Tel Aviv Animix Festival (August), following Schulnik’s retrospective screening at the Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film (Germany) in May – for which she will also serve as a Jury member for the Young Animation film category.

On the heels of two recently awarded distinctions for “Eager” – the 2014 SXSW Special Jury Award, and the OIAF (Ottawa Intl Anim Fest) Best Experimental Animation – these upcoming screenings have already been met with much acclaim and excitement from the artist’s international audience.

We congratulate Allison on this remarkable series of events. For more information about the artist or available work, please email info@markmooregallery.com.


Mark Moore Gallery at the Dallas Art Fair

The gallery is proud to announce its inclusion in the upcoming Dallas Art Fair, which takes place April 9-12, 2015, at the Fashion Industry Gallery (Dallas, TX). Visitors to the fair can find us in Booth #G14, on the first floor.

The fair is adjacent to the Dallas Museum of Art in the revitalized downtown Arts District. This year, the Dallas Art Fair will feature over 90 prominent national and international art dealers and galleries exhibiting painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, video, and installation by modern and contemporary artists. This will be the gallery’s third year participating in the show; the booth will feature new work by Vernon Fisher, David Klamen, David Maisel, Ryan Wallace, Penelope Umbrico, Ben Weiner, Julie Oppermann, Christopher Russell, Kim Rugg, and Lester Monzon, among others.

Booth previews will be available after March 1, by request. For additional information about special events, fair access, day passes, and featured artists, please email info@markmooregallery.com.

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