Featured Works: Lester Monzon

Gallery artist Lester Monzon is the current focus of our Featured Works section of the website.

By collapsing of architecture, space, and art history, Lester Monzon’s work dissects the notion of context. Colorful gesticulations conceal sections of rigid patterning, a tete-a-tete between abstract expressionism and hard-edge abstraction that implies a gentle lampooning of the taxonomic tradition. Monzon upends the formalism and segregation innate to the fine art world, and fabricates a composite genealogy of painting – a pithy resolution to an otherwise vapid debate. Monzon’s luscious brushstrokes slyly creep into a Hirst-esque field of dots or Noland-like plane of stripes, like the resurrection of a once-declared dead practice through a satirical hand. In his recent work, Monzon applies this critique of contextual art to mark-making in public spaces; be it graffiti on tiles in a public bathroom, stains on the sidewalk, or the popularized notion of “street art.”

Monzon (b. 1973, Brooklyn) received his M.F.A. from Art Center College of Design (CA). His work has been exhibited at the Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art (CA), in addition to shows in San Francisco, Chicago, and Los Angeles. His work is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego (CA). The artist lives and works in Los Angeles (CA).

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

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Penelope Umbrico’s Book Signings in Paris

Gallery artist Penelope Umbrico will be signing her two newest books in Paris this week. Starting with her collaboration with RVB Books, the artist will debut and celebrate “Out of Order.” This book brings together a series of images collected by the artist on sales websites. All along the 2008-2013 financial crisis, she identified large online stocks of second-hand office furniture – including potted plants – from failed businesses. She took hold of this material to elaborate an episodic book, composing a portrait of the crisis, both visually and metaphorically that compounds a collection of images, a 4×6 glossy C-print, the list of bank failures between 2008 and 2013, and an essay by Clément Chéroux. The reception for this launch will take place Friday, November 14th, 6-10:30pm at the RVB Books Gallery (Paris). The concurrent exhibition will remain on view through December 20, 2014.

Umbrico will also release and sign her newest publication with the Aperture Foundation, “Range.” Utilizing the imagery from her most recent solo exhibition with Mark Moore Gallery, “Range” is an exploration of an analog history of photography within the digital torrent that is its current technological manifestation. She chose the subject of the mountain as represented within Aperture’s Masters of Photography series, in order to contrast these two most singular and stable subjects (the master and the mountain) with the instability and ubiquity of current photographic practices. To this end, Umbrico downloaded the most popular smart-phone camera apps to her iPhone and used them to re-photograph the images of mountains in these books, as well as representations of mountains from other canonical photographs in books and online. Umbrico will release and sign this book at Paris Photo on Saturday, November 15, at 5:30pm. This book will be available to the public in Spring, 2015.

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


MMG One of the “Top 10 LA Galleries”

The gallery is proud to announce its selection by The Culture Trip as one of Los Angeles’ “Top 10 Galleries for Contemporary Art.” Alongside peer galleries such as ACME, Honor Fraser Gallery, Kohn Gallery, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, M+B, Artspace Warehouse, New Image Art, LA Louver, and Various Small Fires, the gallery was chosen by critic Helen Armitage as a “cutting edge art space.” Says the writer:

“Established in 1984 by its principal and namesake, Mark Moore Gallery is a family-owned contemporary art venue located in charming Culver City that specialises in the representation of promising, up-and-coming and mid-career artists. Over the years, the gallery has been involved in several public art projects, some of which can be seen on the streets of Los Angeles, like Andrew Schoultz’s mural Imperials in downtown L.A., while forthcoming exhibitions at the gallery will feature Kris Kuski’s Antiquity in the Faux, a series of intricately constructed mixed media sculptures, and works by interdisciplinary artist Preston Daniels.”

We thank The Culture Trip and Helen Armitage for their support, and encourage you to visit our last concurrent solo exhibitions of 2014, Kris Kuksi’s “Antiquity in the Faux,” and Preston Daniels’ “Over Under,” on view November 15 – December 20, 2014.


MMG Hiring Part-Time Preparator

The gallery is looking to hire a part-time Preparator. Please send current resumes to catlin@markmooregallery.com. A full description of the position, and its required skills/needs is below:

Preparator • Position Overview (Part Time)

Must be physically present in the gallery Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturdays, 11am-6pm (or possibly 8pm, as required by opening reception hours once every 4-5 weeks). Position is contingent on full week availability from December 2-7, 2014, while senior staff attends Miami Art Fairs.


  • Knowledge of proper wrapping, packing, and handling fine artwork.
  • Ability to assist with exhibition installations, including hanging work, painting walls, and managing deliveries.
  • Familiarity with obtaining shipping estimates and quotes from art handlers, FedEx, UPS, and specialty couriers.
  • Decent working knowledge of Photoshop and/or InDesign to help archive press, edit images, or create printed gallery content.
  • Strong interpersonal skills when answering phones, working on a team, or collaborating with an artist during an installation.
  • Excellent organizational skills, which would apply to management of physical inventory, ArtBase inventory system, and online sales platforms like Artsy.
  • Ability to self-manage deadlines.


  • Decent writing abilities.
  • Previous knowledge of gallery programs, such as ArtBase, Artsy, WordPress, and Exhibit-E website platforms.
  • Familiarity with installation/inventory photography.

Compensation follows the California guidelines for part time employees. Employee is responsible for logging hours worked, under the supervision of the Director. Rate of pay is hourly, and subject to negotiation based on employee experience and gallery abilities. No benefits shall apply to this position, though the position is open to incentives based on performance and gallery staffing needs. Additional hours may be available each week based on exhibition schedules and art fairs.


Julie Heffernan in Berlin

Gallery artist Julie Heffernan will open a solo exhibition of new paintings at Galerie Michael Haas (Berlin) on November 21, 2014, from 7-9pm. Says the gallery:

“Julie Heffernans paintings are so complex, both stylistically and in terms of content, that they continually surprise us. They are simultaneously portraits, still lifes and history paintings. Heffernan depicts in her paintings alternative habitats where human beings, often as personifications of herself, seek refuge from the catastrophic consequences of environmental damage, social ills, financial and political decisions or the global economy. The subject of the motives can never be comprehended with a short, superficial glance. Only upon detailed observation does the potential of Heffernans fantastic surrealism reveal itself.”

The exhibition will remain on view through December 20, 2014. For more information about the artist or available works, please email info@markmooregallery.com.


Dildine and Umbrico in “Altarations: Built, Blended, Processed”

Gallery artists Joshua Dildine and Penelope Umbrico will have work featured in “Altarations: Built, Blended, Processed,” an exhibition of photo-based art at the  University Galleries in Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F.
Schmidt College of Arts and Letters. The first half of the exhibition will open in the Schmidt Center Gallery on Thursday, Nov. 20, and the second half will open in the Ritter Art Gallery on Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. Both galleries are located on the Boca Raton campus.

Says the university:

‘“Altarations: Built, Blended, Processed’ presents works by more than 20 contemporary artists. Most of the artists live and work throughout the United States while a few reside in other countries including Israel, Denmark and Peru. While hardly unified in style and content, the artists’ works in “Altarations” blend photographic images and processes to produce works that celebrate, contradict and undermine photographic traditions through altered images and references. The title of the exhibition is derived from Mark C. Taylor’s “Altarity,”a 1987 book of philosopher Taylor’s writing that brings together his interpretation and synthesis of several modern philosophers’ interpretations of difference and otherness. The artists included in the exhibition employ practices that simultaneously subvert photographic traditions while also employing the medium’s salient characteristics that revolve around the physics of light and light sensitive chemistries, some of which use this property to relate and respond to digital image making technologies.”

The exhibition was selected by co-curators W. Rod Faulds, director of FAU’s  University Galleries, and Jeanie Giebel, FAU Bachelor of Fine Arts graduate (2013), who is currently a curatorial assistant at the Margulies Collection in Miami. Both will contribute essays to a catalogue to be published to document the exhibition. The “Altarations” catalogue will also include an essay by Heather Diack, assistant professor of art history from the University of Miami, who is an expert in conceptual art and the history of photography.

For more information about these artists, or available works, please email info@markmooregallery.com.



Kiel Johnson at University of Wisconsin

Gallery artist Kiel Johnson (whose new solo show is currently on view at the gallery) will produce an open sculpture workshop and visiting artist lecture for the University of Wisconsin this November. Over the course of three days, the artist will collaborate with students on mixed-media works in order to create a fleet of Tall Ships.

Taking place November 11-13th, this project and subsequent lecture is sure to delight and amaze. Similarly, don’t miss “Walldayallday” at Mark Moore Gallery – which remains on view through November 8th, 2014.

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