Clayton Brothers a “Top 10″ 2014 LA Show

The gallery is pleased to share Art LTD‘s “Top 10 Exhibitions of 2014″ for Los Angeles, which included the Clayton Brother‘s summer show, “Open to the Public.”  Says critic Shana Nys Dambrot, the brothers’ “mixed-media paintings and objects evoke the anthropological wonderland of a local thrift store,” a quality that inspired her to include their show on her annual list.

In celebration of the artist duo’s inclusion on this list, the gallery has highlighted several available works from “Open to the Public” on its Featured Works page. For more information about the artists or these works, please email info@markmooregallery.com.

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Berkeley Art Museum Acquires Schoultz & Umbrico

The gallery is proud to announce the Berkeley Art Museum‘s acquisition of works by gallery artists Andrew Schoultz and Penelope Umbrico.

The mission of the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive is to inspire the imagination and ignite critical dialogue through art and film.The UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive is the visual arts center of the University of California, Berkeley. Through art and film programs, collections and research resources, it aspires to be locally connected and globally relevant, engaging audiences from the campus, community, and beyond. One of the largest university art museums in the United States, BAM/PFA opened the doors of its distinctive Modernist building on the south side of the UC Berkeley campus in 1970. BAM/PFA’s diverse exhibition programs and its collections of more than 16,000 objects and 14,000 films and videos are characterized by themes of artistic innovation, intellectual exploration, and social commentary, and reflect the central role of education in BAM/PFA’s mission.

The museum has added Schoultz’s “Black Flag” (2011) – pictured below – and Umbrico’s “Mountains, Moving #15″ (2014) to its permanent collection.

We congratulate both Andrew and Penelope on this incredible milestone. For more information about either artist, or available works, please email info@markmooregallery.com.

Black Flag

 

DailyServing Reviews David Ryan

Congratulations to gallery artist David Ryan - whose current solo exhibition is currently on view at MCQ Fine Art (Las Vegas, NV)- on his DailyServing review! Says writer Dawn-Michelle Baude:

David Ryan’s first solo exhibition in Las Vegas pushes into fresh terrain. In the new body of seventeen works on view at MCQ Fine Art, Ryan has reduced scale, from the bright and sassy wall constructions for which he is known to intriguing, intimate works the size of manila envelopes. His hard-edged abstraction has softened, unfurling into delicate, organic planes. Yet Ryan’s signature moves—the nervy lines, the accreted shapes, the obsession with nesting—are as strong as ever in these painting-and-sculpture combos.

The exhibition admirably enlarges Ryan’s practice away from Finish Fetish minimalism into more humanistic territory. In doing so, Ryan reveals a more emotional, less controlled side of his practice. The small-scale handmade paintings and stencils suggest that he has promising resources on which to draw.

The exhibition remains on view through January 30th. For more information about the artist or available works, please email info@markmooregallery.com.

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VICE Magazine Loves Allison Schulnik

VICE Magazine recently released its “Best Short Films” of 2014, and gallery artist Allison Schulnik is included in its ranks! Focusing on her most recent video, “Eager” (2014), the publication declares:

Flowers and blades of grass dance a dark and twisted ballet in Eager, a short animated film where mutated horses and wispy ghost women join the plants. Watching these creatures transform, blossom, grow, die, and regenerate in clay is like sliding comfortably through an enlightening acid trip. Its morphing colors and choreographed clay shapes and figures are inexplicably beautiful and set to an excellent score by Aaron M. Olson. Artist and animator Allison Schulnik, perhaps best known for her ​Grizzly Bear music video, has created her most stunning and mature work yet.

We congratulate Allison on this distinction. For more information about the artist or available works, please email info@markmooregallery.com.

Eager

 

LA Times Review: Kris Kuksi

The gallery is pleased to share David Pagel’s LA Times review of Kris Kuksi‘s current solo exhibition, “Antiquity in the Faux.” Please find the article below in its entirety:

The insanely detailed sculptures in Kris Kuksi’s exhibition “Antiquity in the Faux” are 3-D versions of graphic novels whose imagery has taken up all the space and left no room for text. In Kuksi’s hands, that’s not a bad trade-off. It leaves viewers free to let our eyeballs race wildly, running every which way as stories get tangled up in Gordian knots of mind-blowing complexity.

Similarly, speechlessness is not a bad reaction to the Kansas-based artist’s over-the-top arrangements of variously scaled figurines, which, in some pieces, number well into the thousands. If not quite awe-inspiring, Kuksi’s nine sculptures at Mark Moore Gallery are awesome. Depicting ancient, medieval and contemporary warriors, as well as dinosaurs, bears and mythical beasts, along with nudes lifted from classical masterpieces, glossy magazines and salacious websites, Kuksi’s Baroque confections treat history as primordial soup — a burbling stew of thrilling highlights and epic tragedies that not only resonate in the mind’s eye but also inspire all sorts of emotions — good, bad and otherwise.

Symmetry is essential to Kuksi’s wall reliefs. The same goes for pattern. Both provide enough structure to hold the excessiveness of his works in check. Shifts in scale intensify the chaos, ratcheting up the tension between joy and despair, order and chaos, immersion and detachment. Sex and death figure prominently in Kuksi’s pieces, as does faith and its absence.

If the devil is in the details, Kuksi’s sculptures are among today’s most devilish.

This exhibition remains on view through 6pm on Saturday, December 20th.

Born in 1973 in Springfield, Missouri, Kris Kuksi earned his BFA and MFA in painting at Fort Hays State University. He also studied internationally while enrolled in programs in Germany, Austria, and Italy. His work has been featured in over 100 exhibitions worldwide, including those at La Halle Satin Pierre Museum (Paris), Museum of the History of Science (Oxford), Williamsburg Art and Historial Society (New York), and the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery (D.C.), as well as within numerous international art magazines and fictional book covers. Solo exhibitions of his work have been presented in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Basel, Toronto, Berlin, Washington D.C., and Kansas City. The artist lives and works in Lawrence, Kansas, and is also represented by Joshua Liner Gallery (NY).

In conjunction with Sans35, the gallery produced a video interview featuring Kuksi. For more information about the exhibition artists, or available work, please feel free to contact the gallery, and we will accommodate your needs.

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Christopher Russell Acquired by Blanton Museum

The gallery is pleased to announce the Blanton Museum‘s acquisition of “Explosion #8″ by gallery artist, Christopher Russell.

The Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin is one of the foremost university art museums in the country, and has the largest and most comprehensive collection of art in Central Texas. The Blanton’s permanent collection of more than 17,000 works is recognized for its European paintings, an encyclopedic collection of prints and drawings, and modern and contemporary American and Latin American art.

The Blanton is considered one of the university’s many Gems along with The Harry Ransom Center, the Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas Press, UT Libraries, the Graduate School, and the Michener Center for Writers. Located at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Congress Avenue, the museum is across the street from the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum and is adjacent to downtown Austin.

We congratulate Christopher on this momentous occasion, and thank the Blanton for its continued support of his work. If you have questions about this artist or available works, please email info@markmooregallery.com.

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Kris Kuksi Acquired by Crocker Art Museum

Mark Moore Gallery is proud to announce the acquisition of Kris Kuksi’s “Churchtank Type 9″ (2010) by the Crocker Art Museum. Joining their permanent collection of Californian and American Art, “Churchtank Type 9″ will be included in a cohesive group of artists that spans from the 19th century to the present.

The first public art museum founded in the Western United States, the Crocker Art Museum was established in 1885 and is now one of the leading art museums in California. The Crocker serves as the primary regional resource for the study and appreciation of fine art. The Museum offers a diverse spectrum of special exhibitions and programs to complement its collections of Californian art, works on paper, European art, international ceramics, photography, Asian art, and African and Oceanic art.

The Crocker Art Museum is the only museum in the Sacramento region accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, a recognition given to less than 800 of the nation’s 17,500 museums. AAM accreditation certifies that a museum operates according to standards set forth by the museum profession, manages its collections responsibly and provides quality service to the public.

We congratulate Kris on this incredible milestone, and encourage you to visit his current solo exhibition at the gallery – “Antiquity in the Faux” – on view through Saturday, December 20th. For more information about the artist, or available works, please email info@markmooregallery.com.

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