Monthly Archives: March 2010

Announcing: Mark Moore Gallery Statements

MMG is thrilled to announce their new in-house publication series, Mark Moore Gallery: Statements. Each booklet acts as a mini-retrospective catalogue for a featured artist, and is usually produced in tandem with a current solo exhibition at the gallery. Including an essay, artist interview, bio, selected press quotes, and examples of works both old, new and in public collections, Mark Moore Gallery: Statements will thoroughly introduce the featured artist to our readers.

Mark Moore Gallery: Statement 1 is available now for $20 (plus shipping).Featuring the gallery’s current solo exhibition artist, Kim Dorland, Statement 1 can be purchased by emailing publications@markmooregallery.com.

“1991″ Draws Crowd, Temptation to Touch Work

Kim Dorland and his family flew in from their Toronto home turf to attend the opening reception for “1991″ – where they were met with a gallery that smelled like his studio and impressed declarations from passerby.

With DJ MoreDillon spinning beats and Will Tee Yang capturing candids, the exhibition opened to positive acclaim and a hearty turn-out. Kim extends his thanks for the support, and MMG encourages you to come by the gallery before this show closes on April 17th, 2010.

Onto the pics…

Allison Schulnik Shows SXSW What’s Up

SXSW is predominantly known for its mega-music-industry swank, indie showcases, sponsor parties and international attendees that appear to have sprung from the very pages of an Urban Outfitters catalogue. Leave it to Allison Schulnik to find the bridge between this and her acclaimed contemporary art.

Featured in SXSW’s video showcase, Schulnik’s “Forest” – which also doubled as the music video for Grizzly Bear’s “Ready, Able,” nabbed the runner-up position behind “Luv Deluxe” by Cinnamon Chasers, directed by Saman Keshavarz.

For the full report, courtesy of Clash Music, visit the video-fest wrap-up here.

Todd Hebert at Jack Shainman Gallery

In case you missed Todd Hebert‘s 2009 show with Mark Moore Gallery, you can check out his newest works at Jack Shainman Gallery through April 17, 2010!

“Recent Work,” which opened yesterday (March 18th) features several new paintings and works on paper by Hebert, all of which employ his trademark play on depth perception and dreamy haziness.

For more information on this exhibition, or the artist, you may visit Jack Shainman Gallery’s website.

“Elements of Nature” Opens in Oxnard

MMG’s Ali Smith and Ben Weiner will be featured in “Elements of Nature: Selections from the Wesiman Foundation,” alongside Charles Arnoldi, Billy Al Bengston, Vija Celmins, Joe Goode and Ed Ruscha – opening tonight (March 13th, 2010) at the Carnegie Art Museum in Oxnard, CA.

From 4-6pm, you can meet some of the artists featured in the exhibition, and preview the show, which will be on view through May 23, 2010.

For more information, you may visit the Carnegie’s website.

Jason Salavon in the Windy City

Looks like this is a big weekend for many of MMG’s artists, as Jason Salavon is also opening at Tony Wight Gallery tomorrow (March 13, 2010)!

While the formal artist reception will take place on March 20, from 5-8pm, the exhibition, “Old Codes,” will be on view starting Saturday, and runs through April 10th.

For more information on the exhibition or reception details, visit the gallery’s exhibition page.

Jeremy Fish Stops Off in Austin

If you happen to be in the Lone Star State tomorrow night – specifically, Austin – don’t miss Jeremy Fish‘s first stop on his mobile art tour, “The Road Less Traveled,” at Okay Mountain Gallery!

The opening stop of six scheduled appearances, Jeremy’s show at Okay Mountain is merely the beginning to a Kerouac-esque existence for the artist, and his partner in crime, James “Jimi” Changa. While Jeremy has been keeping us abreast of his adventures, you may also follow his chronicles on the Upper Playground website, where the two adventurers are submitting meticulous notes on their experiences.

For more information on the opening event, email info@okaymountain.com.

Fair Results Abounding

As we dust ourselves off from the NYC fair madness, catch up on our sleep and prepare for installation week, we came across a couple noteworthy tidbits that highlight our experience at PULSE Contemporary Art Fair this year.

ArtInfo‘s Amber Vilas wrote a thorough wrap-up of PULSE’s run, including a prominent feature on MMG’s solo booth of works by Kim Dorland and special public installation by Tim Bavington. She also made mention of Dorland’s paintings at Mike Weiss Gallery, who exhibited at Scope this year, and Ali Smith, who showed at Freight + Volume. Read her full article here!

Additionally, ArtLog hosted a poll for readers to vote for their favorite booths at each fair during Armory Week. We’re pleased to announce that MMG snagged first place for PULSE! Check out the results of our fair, and others, here!

More to follow soon…in the meantime, make a note to come to Kim Dorland’s opening reception at MMG on March 20, from 5-7pm! Perfect opportunity to make it up to yourself in case you missed his works in NYC.

Live, From NY, It’s PULSE

Better late than never.

After seven days in the Big Apple, MMG can officially dub PULSE NY 2010 a success. Our days were peppered with finicky heaters, tinkling gelato carts and hundreds of pounds of oil paint (literally) – not to mention TMZ-worthy celebuzz and waning cell phone reception in the concrete bunker that is 330 West Street.

Kim Dorland churned out what was easily the most “hold-up-omg-is-that-all-paint?!” collection of works to date. With a solo show in Santa Monica just on the heels of his solo booth (opening March 20th), we can safely assume prolific tendencies are not an issue when it comes to him. Kim assured us we would be delivered a show-stopper, and show-stopper it was…also a spine-stopper as the focal point of the booth, “Star Gazing,” weighed over 250 pounds. Kim – clearly – has a sharp sense of humor, but with seven paintings finding homes in excellent collections, we will allow him to continue with his gluttonous oil-and-acrylic shenanigans.

A special public installation by Tim Bavington garnered quite a bit of attention as well. Between the Vegas-strip-esque striped wallpaper and amorphous paintings, the corridor between the entrance and the coat check was transformed into a vibrating optical rabbit hole. Four of these studio-fresh works found homes on just Day One of the fair.

In the few minutes that the MMG crew had to stray away from the confines our our booth, we saw a few familiar faces (so to speak): Ali Smith and Kenichi Yokono in Freight + Volume’s booth, as well as new works by David Ryan and Kiel Johnson with Davidson Contemporary looked uber-fabulous, and ultimately found their way into some choice collections.

A few other highlights:

- Dinner with Yigal Ozeri and the crew from Mike Weiss Gallery included meeting Jessica from “Jessica with Vines” – a featured painting at PULSE Miami this past December. Turns out Yigal’s accuracy is staggering, as is the length of Jessica’s strawberry-hued hair.

- Guest appearances by Dimitri Kozyrev, David Ryan, Ben Weiner and Kim Dorland - with his family in tow.

- A brief foray into the Armory Show, where DCKT’s solo booth of new works by Cordy Ryman prompted much drooling and jaw-dropping. So much so, that owner Mark Moore practically barreled over Bjork in an effort to make it back to the booth for a second viewing.

All in all, we suspect we’ll be back next year – hopefully without Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind” on repeat in our brains. Adios, NYC. Love ya, mean it, kiss, kiss.