Stephanie Washburn Catalogs Available Now For Download

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MMFA presents “Reception“, an exclusive online ARTSY exhibition from July 03, 2017 – August 06, 2017 by interdisciplinary artist Stephanie Washburn, including photographs, collages and drawings. Washburn continues her exploration of the interface of material and digital surfaces as well as the persistent relevance of human touch in the construction of pictorial space.

We have posted two free online catalogs on this artist for you to download at the links noted below:

Telltale Series: http://www.markmoorefineart.com/attachment/en/581c5e0c84184e51358b4568/Press/581c5ea984184e51358b80be

Reception Series: http://www.markmoorefineart.com/attachment/en/581c5e0c84184e51358b4568/Press/581c5e9884184e51358b7dc5

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The “Reception” series of digital photographs, was composed by staging everyday materials against screen imagery from film, advertising, surveillance footage and the Internet. Washburn works from a screen placed on the floor like the flatbed plane of an abstract canvas and subtly, but also almost violently, alters the implications of the source imagery. The backgrounds, often eerily empty landscapes, are used to set the scene in their original context. However, Washburn diverts those narratives to her own outcomes through the use of materials such as hair, wool, bubble wrap, bottle mouths and burning embers. The resulting photographs subvert the disembodied experience of watching a screen, and ultimately return us to its surface as an unlikely point of contact and physical orientation. Teasing out tensions between constructed and straight photography, the images are clearly theatrical but also present evidence of the ambiguity of place and presence in an increasingly virtual world. Washburn also debuts a related series of collages and assemblages, “Here About.” The work began in response to a group of found vintage silver gelatin prints. Washburn’s cuts, piercings and sculptural additions layer the prints with a myriad of histories beyond their own and question the authority of the photograph to capture a particular moment. “Reception” – as with the later series “Telltale – utilized orphaned materials, ranging from fur to tennis balls, are aggressively detached from their original function and replaced by an animate, almost totemic, and at times uncanny presence. Washburn concludes with two drawings on vellum paper from her series “Walking Back the Cat,” which again refer to screen imagery in a decidedly performative way. Reiterating the importance of touch, the drawings show her hand’s attempt to make sense of the spiraling catastrophe depicted in several looped sequences from the film Earthquake about the end of Los Angeles. The results, delicate but dogged, wrest an apocalyptic spectacle onto an intimate surface layered with the slower time of a real body in action.

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Washburn received her MFA from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her work has been exhibited at The University Art Museum (CA), The Palms Bar (CA), Atkinson Gallery (CA), Santa Barbara Museum of Art (CA), Eagle Rock Center for the Arts (CA), Los Angeles Municipal Gallery (CA) and Davidson Art Center (CT). Washburn’s photographs have been acquired by the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego (CA) and Sweeney Art Gallery at the University of California, Riverside (CA). She currently lives and works between Ojai and Los Angeles.

You can preview this presentation now at the following link:

https://www.artsy.net/show/mark-moore-fine-art-stephanie-washburn-reception

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Opening Today: “One Place After Another: A Survey of Public Art Today”

One Place After Another: A Survey of Public Art Today

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Image: TIM BAVINGTON, Pipe Dream (Fanfare for the Common Man), 2012, Enamel paint on steel, stainless steel, (128 pipes) / 27′- 5″ x 86′ – 8″ x 17′- 1″
Smith Center for the Performing Arts, Las Vegas, NV

Public art is art in any media that has been planned and executed with the intention of being staged in the physical public domain, usually outside and accessible to all. Public art is significant within the art world, amongst curators, commissioning bodies and practitioners of public art, to whom it signifies a working practice of site specificity, community involvement and collaboration. Public art may include any art which is exhibited in a public space including publicly accessible buildings, but often it is not that simple. Rather, the relationship between the content and audience, what the art is saying and to whom, is just as important if not more important than its physical location.

MARK MOORE FINE ART looks at a few of the best examples of what the genre of Public Art today in this exclusive online ARTSY Survey. View this presentation now at the following link:

https://www.artsy.net/show/mark-moore-fine-art-one-place-after-another-a-survey-of-public-art-today

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Image: JASON SALAVON, American Varietal (US Population, by County, 1790-2000), 2009, Encapsulated prints, 50 10′ lights, electronics, five tons structural steel, 10′ 6″ x 40′ 6″ x 5′. Unique. On Site: United States Census Bureau headquarters in Suitland, Maryland

By definition, Public Art is art in any media that has been planned and executed with the intention of being staged in the physical public domain, usually outside and accessible to all. Public art is significant within the art world, amongst curators and major art consultants, commissioning bodies and practitioners of public art, to whom it signifies a working practice of site specificity, community involvement and collaboration.

Public art may include any art which is exhibited in a public space including publicly accessible buildings, but often it is not that simple. Rather, the relationship between the content and audience, what the art is saying and to whom, is just as important if not more important than its physical location.

A number of the artists working with Mark Moore Fine Art are actively engaged in the making and realization of Public Art – and number of them have won International recognition for their works. Artists like Tim Bavington, Vernon Fisher, Zemer Peled, Jason Salavon, Andrew Schoultz, Jean Shin, Penelope Umbrico, The Okay Mountain Collaborative, and Yoram Wolberger have all received critical and public acclaim for their Public Art works.

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Image: YORAM WOLBERGER, CA Mission, 2011 / Reinforced Fiberglass, Steel, Urethane Paint, H18 ft x L 14ft x 6 in. “Millennium Tower”” Public Art Commission (San Francisco, CA)

These types of public art projects don’t sit on pedestals: they are seamlessly integrated into the surrounding environment. When you bring one of our gallery artists into a project early in the design process, the work of art can be built into construction documents, which can save time and money from a separate art installation. In many cases, the general contractor can perform some of the fabrication or installation, with the artist or fabrication specialist needed only for specific components.

When an artist is included as a member of the design team with an architect, landscape architect, or engineer, they work together and heighten the creativity, surprise, beauty, or whimsy of a place. These types of projects work best when all members of the team are selected at the same time, they are given equal power and control over aesthetics, and each member has a clearly defined project role from the beginning.

Additional information on our past Public Art Projects and the artists in this exhibition on our website at: http://www.markmoorefineart.com/advisory

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Mark Moore Fine Art News Feeds Update

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Image: Zemer Peled Installation

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For those you want the latest and most current information on what is going on here at Mark Moore Fine Art, this is the best way to keep up on things.

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CLOSING MONDAY: David Klamen: Multifarious Paintings

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David Klamen further investigates the nature, source, and limits of knowledge by undermining the foundation of our empirical experience: our sense of sight. Klamen plays with the history of art, utilizing modern and pre-modern conventions as metaphors for our search for meaning. Check out this exclusive ARTSY online presentation now before it closes on July 17th.

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Klamen earned his Bachelor’s of Fine Arts at the University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana in 1983 and his Master’s of Fine Arts in Painting at the School of the Art Institute in 1985. He is currently is a Professor of Fine Arts at Indiana University Northwest. Klamen is represented in the following public collections: the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NY), Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art (CA), the Museum of Contemporary Art (IL), the Whitney Museum of American Art (NY), the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (CA), the Chazen Museum of Art (WI), and National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea.

This special presentation can be viewed at the following link:

https://www.artsy.net/show/mark-moore-fine-art-david-klamen-multifarious-paintings

Please find a link attached for you our most recent on-line catalog on the work of DAVID KLAMEN as part of our ongoing STATEMENTS Series of publications. Please download it and enjoy it compliments of MMFA at:

http://www.markmoorefineart.com/attachment/en/581c5e0c84184e51358b4568/Press/581c5ead84184e51358b8134

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David Klamen Online Catalog Now Available for Download 

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Please find a link attached for you our most recent on-line catalog on the work of DAVID KLAMEN as part of our ongoing STATEMENTS Series of publications. Please download it and enjoy it compliments of MMFA at:

http://www.markmoorefineart.com/attachment/en/581c5e0c84184e51358b4568/Press/581c5ead84184e51358b8134

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Mark Moore Fine Art is proud to present “Multifarious Paintings” an exhibition of paintings by artist, David Klamen. Marking the artist’s first solo online exhibition, this recent body of work showcases Klamen’s newest paintings of paintings. In these works, the artist further investigates the nature, source, and limits of knowledge by undermining the foundation of our empirical experience: our sense of sight. In each new painting, Klamen radically re-invents famous paintings from the pre-modern and modern era, overlapping seemingly incompatible artistic visions as a metaphor for our phenomenological search for meaning.

According to Plato’s concept of forms, the world that we know through our senses often deceives us by way of subjective images. Klamen’s multi-canvas installation, “Meta-Paintings” (2013), elaborates on this concept by presenting well-known works of art in a re-contextualized space, highlighting the deception of each image through masterful illusion and imagination. In these twenty-five smaller paintings, Klamen presents an installation that playfully mimics a salon style hanging. The diagonal slopes created by the various slanting paintings suggest a cubist bas-relief that compresses art historical time periods and physical space. As is the case with nearly all of his paintings, each iconic artwork (as well as its frame, and oftentimes wall label) is meticulously rendered as a representation of a representation, moving further and further from its archetypal form—pointing to a distortion of reality already present in the original image.

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To further complicate the simulacrum, Klamen plays with the viewer’s perception by drastically altering the perspective of the painting, tilting the work at an oblique angle within his own canvas. In his “remixes,” Klamen manipulates images from the art historical canon by warping then into optical oscillations full of contingencies and surprises. The psychedelic result suggests a disoriented ocular state that hints at the malleable nature of our reality—a reality that relies heavily on the conviction of our individual experiences.

This special presentation can be viewed at the following link:

https://www.artsy.net/show/mark-moore-fine-art-david-klamen-multifarious-paintings

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Meghan Smythe “Flesh for Fantasy” Opens Today!

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Mark Moore Fine Art is pleased to announce an exclusive ARTSY online exhibition of award-winning sculptor Meghan Smythe titled “Flesh For Fantasy”, on view July 10 – August 13, 2017.

This presentation on recent work can be view now at the following link:

https://www.artsy.net/show/mark-moore-fine-art-meghan-smythe-flesh-for-fantasy

Out of each our 5790projects group shows that focuses solely on debuting and showcasing young emerging talent from Los Angeles each year, a selection committee nominates one featured artist to be considered for the annually-awarded Moore Family Trust Grant. This prize consists of a cash prize and a gallery exhibition. After much deliberation, the committee has elected to award the 5790projects Award 2014 Prize to sculpture artist, MEGHAN SMYTHE.

Using a traditional sculptural format (the monument), Meghan Smythe captures contradicting extremes within human gesture: intimacy and brutality, beauty and ugliness, or the lewd and tender. In her attempt to achieve an “elegant vulgarity,” she encapsulates moments that define our mortality in unanticipated ways; oftentimes toeing the delicate line between erotic and macabre tendencies that give way to life, and ultimately death. Glass, ceramic, and concrete are woven together in an elaborate, orgy-like web of body parts and organic artifacts, as if suddenly cast with Pompeii-like circumstances. Like excavated antiquities or fossils, Smythe’s ceramic compositions allude to the cyclical nature of civilization – a dramedy in which all of the players are subject to conquest and demise.

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As art critic Leah Ollman stated in her review of her 2015 exhibition at the Mark Moore Gallery in the Los Angeles Times, “Limbs are entwined, tongues extended. Clay is rarely, if ever, this carnal. Some of the skin is mannequin-smooth but veined with cracks. Some seeps a pink foam or a pale fecal flood. Erotic pleasure plays a part here, but is only one of many competing charges.”

“Throughout this, and Smythe’s other works, there is a violent fragmentation that zigzags between sexual fantasy and deathly dismemberment. With its human shipwreck of compromised flesh, “Young Unbecoming” brings to mind Gericault’s “Raft of the Medusa,” and exudes comparable, palpable urgency.”

“Smythe is a sculptor of struggle. Primal forces contend in the work, as do various aesthetic and formal dispositions. The sobriety of the relic is countered by the whimsy of glass and resin follies. Figures pallid and cadaverous lie upon a surface oozing with puddles in the happy hues of Easter eggs.”

“The friction between generation and decay, elegance and entropy, is what makes Smythe’s work so alive and also so tough to digest. It doesn’t go down easy, or at all. Stubborn, sensual, visceral — it sticks.”

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Mehgan Smythe (b. 1984, Kingston, ON) received her MFA from the Alfred University School of Art and Design (NY). Her work has been shown at the Arizona State University Art Museum (AZ) and the Gardiner Museum, Toronto (ON). She was the Visiting Artist in Residence at California State University, Long Beach (CA) from 2012-2014, where she continues to teach Ceramic Arts. The artist lives and works in Long Beach, CA.

Available works by Meghan Smythe can be found on the Mark Moore Fine Art ARTSY website at:

https://www.artsy.net/mark-moore-gallery/artist/meghan-smythe

All work is available subject to prior sale and prices are subject to change without notice. All taxes, tariffs, shipping and/or viewing expenses, if any, would be additional.

I do hope this work is of interest. Please let me know if you have any questions.

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Meghan Smythe Featured in ARTSY Writer

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Assistant Professor of Ceramics Linda Swanson looks at the work of Meghan Smythe in the recent major exhibition titled “Épisode” – the second Virginia McClure Ceramics Biennale at the McClure Gallery in Montreal.

You can read this essay at the following link now:

https://www.artsy.net/mark-moore-gallery/article/mark-moore-fine-art-linda-swanson-work-meghan-smythe

The exhibition entitled “Épisode” features four artists whose works speak not only to excellence and innovation in ceramics, but to its relevance as a discipline that allows for a specifically corporeal, embodied articulation of contemporary human experience

“The ceramics scene in Canada is developing rapidly alongside resurging interest in materiality in the arts,” says Swanson. “These exhibitions showcase what is happening in Canada and internationally and brings these exciting developments in the contemporary ceramics scene to Quebec for the first time.”

Swanson’s choice of artists — Phoebe Cummings (Stafford, U.K.), Benjamin DeMott (Chicago, U.S.), Janet Macpherson (Toronto, Canada) and Meghan Smythe (Los Angeles, U.S.) — has resulted in an inspiring, materially seductive exhibition. Each artist recognizes the historical heritage of ceramics, yet offers a highly original and imaginatively provocative vision.

“The exhibition is deceptively clear. The complexity of the materials in play and the issues involved slowly unfolds to you. As you walk in, the first piece is made of raw clay, it’s extremely fragile and seems to suggest ideas about our own mortality,” says Swanson.

“Épisode” is the second of five biennales taking place between 2014 and 2022.

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