Featured Artist Interview of the Week: JULIE HEFFERNAN

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Image: Julie Heffernan, Study for Self Portrait as Trap, 2008

We are very pleased to announce our new video channel on Youtube and the addition of several new short video interviews that have just been added to this site for your reference. I would invite you to check out the MARK MOORE FINE ART VIDEO CHANNEL and encourage you to subscribe to future videos at the following link by clicking HERE.

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Image: Julie Heffernan, Study for Self Portrait as Tree House, 2008-2012

The short film collection at MMFA Video Channel now features four new videos that have been just posted that include a looks inside the studios of artists: ALLISON SCHULNIK, ANDREW SCHOULTZ, VERNON FISHER, and JOHN BAUER. In total we have nearly fifty new or recent videos posted there for you to view – and that list grows weekly. Other artists featured on the MMFA Channel are: Jason Salavon, Kris Kuksi, Stephanie Washburn, Julie Oppermann, Tim Bavington, Joshua Dildine, and Julie Heffernan – just to name a few.

This week’s featured video interview is with JULIE HEFFERNAN which can be viewed here:

For additional information on this artist and their work, please go to our website at http://www.markmoorefineart.com or check out their artist page on ARTSY at the following link:

https://www.artsy.net/mark-moore-gallery

#markmooregallery #julieheffernan

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A Call To Action: Help The Victims of The L.A. / Ventura Fires

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A series of wildfires the last two weeks scorched more than 300,000 acres in Los Angeles, Ventura, and San Diego counties in Southern California. The first and largest blaze, dubbed the Thomas Fire, started December 4 in Ventura County and has moved North, becoming a threat to Santa Barbara County.

Here are the numbers as of Tuesday morning, according to Los Angeles County officials and Cal Fire, a state fire-safety agency:

  • Thomas Fire in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties: 234,200 acres, 20% containment, 794 structures destroyed, 187 structures damaged out of at least 18,000 threatened.
  • Skirball Fire in Bel Air: 422 acres, 85% containment.
  • Lilac Fire in San Diego County: 4,100 acres, 90% contained, 151 structures destroyed and 56 damaged.
  • Rye Fire in Santa Clarita: 6,049 acres, 93% containment.
  • Creek Fire in Sylmar: 15,619 acres, 98% containment, at least 30 structures damaged or destroyed, at least 2,500 homes threatened.

As many as 200,000 people had been displaced in Los Angeles and Ventura counties and authorities closed — and then reopened — parts of the 405 Freeway on Wednesday last week, causing gridlock throughout the region. More than 50 schools were closed in the Los Angeles area through the end of the week. Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency, freeing up state funds to help tackle the wildfires.

Here are a few ways you can help:

Thomas Fire Fund

  • The United Way of Ventura County, American Red Cross of Ventura County, and the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services have teamed up to create the Thomas Fire Fund.
  • Text UWVC to 41444 to make a cash donation, call 805-485-6288, or go online to United Way of Ventura County’s website.
  • Checks with “Thomas Fire Fund” in the memo line can be mailed to 702 County Square Drive, Suite 100 Ventura, CA 93003.

The Salvation Army

  • The Salvation Army is accepting food and water at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.
  • You can donate cash by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or visiting the website.

The Red Cross

The Humane Society of Ventura County

  • The Humane Society of Ventura County has taken in over 100 animals.
  • Drop off any of the following items at 402 Bryant St. in Ojai: Alfalfa hay, Timothy hay, cat chow, rabbit food, flashlights, headlamps, lanterns, water troughs, bottled water, fruit, snacks, hoses, and power generators.
  • Donate food and water for volunteers, or make a cash donation on HSVC’s website.

Los Angeles County Animal Care Foundation

  • Donate to Noah’s Legacy Fund, which provides supplies, training, and equipment to first responders charged with rescuing animals from areas stricken by natural disasters.
  • Mail donations to P.O. Box 100515, Pasadena, CA 91189-0515 or through the LACACF website.

GoFundMe campaigns

Direct Relief

  • Santa Barbara-based organization Direct Relief is donating 100% of designated funds to victims of the wildfires.
  • Donate money for supplies online and make sure you direct your donation to “Southern California Wildfires.”

Reviewed: “Pop Culture” Exhibition at the Reading Museum featuring Yoram Wolberger and Kim Rugg

Check out the recent review on “Pop Culture” at the Reading Museum:

http://cumberlink.com/entertainment/local-scene/art-pop-art-at-reading-museum/article_4cedd253-701d-5e03-8c3e-88124383467d.html

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ON VIEW NOW

Reading Public Museum
500 Museum Road
Reading, PA  19611
(610) 371-5850

The exhibition can be viewed:
September 25, 2017 – January 14, 2018
Sunday to Saturday from 11:00am – 5:00pm

Curated by
Billie Milam Weisman
Director, Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation

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WOLBERGER, Yoram – Red Indian No. 2 (Bowman) – 2006 – fiberglass with pigmented resin coating

 

Ben Charles Weiner Online Exhibition featured on Wall Street International

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The Mark Moore Fine Art exclusive online exhibition “Looks” by artist Ben Charles Weiner is currently featured in the new issue of Wall Street International.  Check it out at the following link:

https://wsimag.com/art/33756-ben-charles-weiner

#markmoorefineart #benweiner #bencharlesweiner

Join MMFA at PALISADES FOR PUERTO RICO This Sunday

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Mark Moore Fine Art is proud to be among the Sponsors for:

PALISADES FOR PUERTO RICO

A fundraising event to support victims of Hurricane Maria with Celebrity-Guest Tennis, Silent Auction & Entertainment

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10TH at 11AM

  • Celebrity Fundraising Event for the People of Puerto Rico
  • Red Carpet Entrance and Press
  • Champagne Lounges
  • Live & Silent Auctions
  • Bid to play with one of our celebs in the Pro/Celeb tournament
  • Live Music by Wild Belle
  • Palisades members get full VIP access to event with a $50 donation, secure your spot today, link below
  • Invite your friends – Open to the Public

Featured Celebrities

Anne Heche | NBC The Brave

Sofia Perna | NBC The Brave

Noah Mills | NBC The Brave

James Tupper | Big Little Lies

And many more to come!

TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS EVENT, PLEASE VISIT THE LINK BELOW TO SIGN UP AND DONATE THROUGH CROWDRISE

https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/palisades-for-puerto-rico

#markmoorefineart #palisadesforpuertorico

 

Featured Artist Interview of the Week: JOHN BAUER

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Image: John Bauer, Nautilus, 2016

We are very pleased to announce our new video channel on Youtube and the addition of several new short video interviews that have just been added to this site for your reference. I would invite you to check out the MARK MOORE FINE ART VIDEO CHANNEL and encourage you to subscribe to future videos at the following link by clicking HERE.

The short film collection at MMFA Video Channel now features four new videos that have been just posted that include a looks inside the studios of artists: ALLISON SCHULNIK, ANDREW SCHOULTZ, VERNON FISHER, and JOHN BAUER. In total we have nearly fifty new or recent videos posted there for you to view – and that list grows weekly. Other artists featured on the MMFA Channel are: Jason Salavon, Kris Kuksi, Stephanie Washburn, Julie Oppermann, Tim Bavington, Joshua Dildine, and Julie Heffernan – just to name a few.

This week’s featured video interview is with JOHN BAUER which can be viewed here:

For additional information on this artist and their work, please go to our website at www.markmoorefineart.com or check out their artist page on ARTSY at the following link:

https://www.artsy.net/mark-moore-gallery

#markmooregallery #johnbauer

Ben Charles Weiner “Looks” Preview Begins Today

Mark Moore Fine Art presents Ben Charles Weiner: Looks, featuring four new paintings and four earlier works that serve as precedents, this exclusive ARTSY online exhibition illuminates the artist’s ongoing fascination with the dual motifs of pearls and hair gel. Weiner’s respective depictions of these subjects- both in isolation and together in tableaux–pair a motif from classical Western painting with a synthetic beauty product–to address tension between the rapid technological innovation of our time and the persistent fact of our mortality.

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BEN CHARLES WEINER
Tyrian Pearls III, 2017
Oil on prepared paper
26 × 40 in / 66 × 101.6 cm

This exhibition opens December 8th to the public is available now to preview at the following special link below:

https://www.artsy.net/show/mark-moore-fine-art-ben-charles-weiner-looks

Weiner’s paintiings of pearls invoke a range of classical paintings- from the Vanitas still life paintings of William Claesz to Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring, to Boticelli’s The Birth of Venus. In contrast, Weiner’s paintings of blue hair gel as a solitary subject reference monochrome abstractions such as those of Yves Klein and Ellsworth Kelly. These “Gel Monochrome Paintings’ ” uniform color schemes and high definition imagery belie their origins as works of the hand, building upon monochrome painting’s exploration of the tension between mass production and handcraft.

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BEN CHARLES WEINER
Silver Pearls II, 2017
Oil on canvas
30 × 48 in / 76.2 × 121.9 cm

Together, these motifs serve Weiner’s larger project of using painting to explore what it means to be human as we integrate synthetic components and technology into our bodies. Contemporary culture’s obsession with bodily enhancement informs Weiner’s paintings of chemical products from cosmetics to surgical injections. In connecting the opposing styles of abstraction and photorealism, Weiner reflects our alienation from physical experience within a culture that reduces bodily needs into chemical processes.

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BEN CHARLES WEINER
Blue Pearls II, 2017
Oil on prepared paper
24 × 60 in / 61 × 152.4 cm

By photographing paint and luxurious ephemera at close range, then using the resulting image as his subject, Ben Charles Weiner creates works that pose a confusion of object, subject and medium. Weiner’s paintings harness the idolatrous fetishistic desire of consumer culture, the fashion industry, and the art world. Thus, his paintings self-critically describe the duality of their own identity as both transcendent creation and commercial item. Likewise, all of the themes and references in the paintings reinforce their status as consumer/art objects. Roland Bathes’ application of Freud’s concept of “the uncanny” to landscape photography is the pertinent reference.

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Gel Monochrome 1, 2016
Oil on linen
80 × 56 in / 203.2 × 142.2 cm

Weiner (b. 1980, Burlington, VT) received his BA from Wesleyan University (CT). He also studied under Mexican muralist José Lazcarro at Universidad de las Americas (Mexico) and has worked closely with artists Jeff Koons, Kim Sooja and Amy Yoes as an assistant. He has exhibited his work widely across the United States and in Mexico with solo shows in Los Angeles, New York and Puebla, and group exhibitions in Chicago, New York, Miami, New Haven, Ridgefield, Los Angeles and Riverside. His paintings can be found in the Sammlung/Collection (Germany), the Progressive Collection (OH), and the Frederick R. Weisman Foundation Collection (CA). The artist lives and works in New York City.

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BEN CHARLES WEINER
Black Pearls, 2017
Oil on linen
28 × 42 in / 71.1 × 106.7 cm

“My paintings of pearls and hair gel merge varied notions of art as creation with biological and mythological concepts of creation. Visually, the pearls seem to emerge from the hair gel, suggesting biological processes such as cellular division, or the primordial soup that preceded life on earth. The all-over, abstract qualities of the hair gel recall the abstract expressionists’ concepts of the sublime art object and art as a transcendent act of creation. Additionally, the pearl itself is a naturally produced object of profound beauty. I use it to symbolize my understanding of creation as a feminine power, intrinsically linked to beauty. Finally, the pearls are an ode to Audrey Flack, one of my early artistic influences.” – Ben Weiner

Finally, please check out a brief video interview with Ben Charles Weiner we have posted on YouTube. If you like this video, make sure you share it, too! The video is available for your viewing pleasure at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzwDKc5j0eo

#markmoorefineart #bencharlesweiner #benweiner