Monthly Archives: December 2015

Okay Mountain Acquired by UT Chattanooga (TN)

The gallery is thrilled to announce Cress Gallery of Art of University of Tennessee Chattonooga‘s acquisition of a body of work by Okay Mountain for their permanent collecion. The works, Meditations 1-9, (2015)  were part of Staycation, Okay Mountain’s recent exhibition at Mark Moore Gallery.

Established in the early 1950’s and now near 700+ individual works in number, the Permanent Collection of Art at Cress Gallery is comprised of 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional work in all media. Included in the collection are a large body of original prints and works on paper by 20th century Modern European and American artists such as Robert Motherwell, Larry Rivers, Dieter Roth, John Piper, Tom Phillips, Patrick Caldwell, Piero Dorazio, etc. (gift of the Ackermann Foundation, 1980); a large body of photographs from the 1970’s and 80’s by famed photographer and former Chattanooga resident Rosalind Solomon (on extended loan from the artist); works by distinguished alumni such as Barry Moser, Robin Hood, and Jack Denton (gifts of the artists), artists with local and regional ties such as Lillian B. Feinstein, Leonard Baskin, Frank Baselitz, Lamar Dodd, and Edward Shorter (various sources); and art faculty past and present such as E. Alan White and George Cress (University Purchases).

Okay Mountain is a nine member artist collective based in Austin, Texas. Formed in 2006 as an artist-run alternative gallery space, the group has exhibited their drawing, video, sound, and performance projects throughout the United States and in Mexico City, and has been widely recognized for its “inventive construction, loving attention to detail and keen-eyed connoisseurship.” Okay Mountain repackages, reconstitutes, and rekindles our consumerist desires with a sardonic edge. Their installations and multi-media assemblage works mimic the stock vernacular of our communal materialism, yet tweak them just enough to reveal our superficial insecurities and convictions.

For more information about the artist or available works, please email


David Maisel at Haines Gallery (CA)

Gallery artist David Maisel has an upcoming solo show at Haines Gallery in San Francisco. The show features his latest body of work, The Fall.

For nearly three decades, Maisel has created rigorous, captivating aerial photographs of landscapes affected by industry, agriculture, urban sprawl, and other forms of human intervention. Despite the political and environmental underpinnings of these images, Maisel’s work refuses didactic interpretation, evoking instead an experience that the artist has called the “apocalyptic sublime.”

In the fall of 2013, Maisel was commissioned to photograph the city of Toledo, Spain, for ToledoContemporánea, an exhibition commemorating the 400th anniversary of the death of the painter El Greco. After completing the Toledo works, Maisel set to work on The Fall, depicting landscapes between Toledo and Madrid that have been impacted by industrial use, rapid development, and financial crisis.

The exhibition runs from January 7, 2016 — March 12, 2016
Opening reception with the artist:
Thursday, January 7, 2016, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Clic here for more information on The Fall.

For more information about the artist or available works, please email


Penelope Umbrico Acquired by UCR California Museum of Photography

The gallery is thrilled to announce the acquisition by UCR California Museum of Photography of Penelope Umbrico‘s “31_IMG_6414,”(2014) for their permanent collection.

UCR/California Museum of Photography, a facility of ARTSblock, provides a cultural presence, educational resource, community center and intellectual meeting ground for the university and the general public. The museum’s explorations of photographic media through exhibition, collection, publication, and the web examine the history of photography and showcase current practice in photography and related media. To serve an audience that is multicultural, young and old, general and specialized, the museum presents programs that recognize the variety and complexity of cultural experience and explore the relationship between traditional expression and contemporary practice. The museum is vitally concerned with the intersection of photography, new imaging media, and society. Located off campus in downtown Riverside, UCR/CMP is committed to bringing the most challenging art to the widest possible audience.

Penelope Umbrico offers a radical reinterpretation of everyday consumer and vernacular images. Umbrico works “within the virtual world of consumer marketing and social media, traveling through the relentless flow of seductive images, objects, and information that surrounds us, searching for decisive moments—but in these worlds, decisive moments are cultural absurdities.”
She finds these moments in the pages of consumer product mail-order catalogs, travel and leisure brochures; and websites like Craigslist, EBay, and Flickr. Identifying image typologies—candy-colored horizons and sunsets, books used as props—brings the farcical, surreal nature of consumerism to new light.

For more information about the artist or available works, please email


Vernon Fisher Acquired by Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art (CT)

The gallery is pleased to announce the acquisition by Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art (CT) of a major wok by Vernon Fisher, “Muddy Mickey,”( 1996) for their permanent collection.

The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art was founded in 1842 by Daniel Wadsworth, one of the first major American art patrons. The museum’s collections of nearly 50,000 works of art span 5,000 years and feature the Morgan collection of Greek and Roman antiquities and European decorative arts; world-renowned baroque and surrealist paintings; an unsurpassed collection of Hudson River School landscapes; European and American Impressionist paintings; modernist masterpieces; the Serge Lifar collection of Ballets Russes drawings and costumes; the George A. Gay collection of prints; the Wallace Nutting collection of American colonial furniture and decorative arts; the Samuel Colt firearms collection; costumes and textiles; African American art and artifacts; and contemporary art.

Vernon Fisher’s preoccupation with archive, information transmission, memory, and taxonomy stems from an early interest in how people make sense of the world. His hallmark blackboard paintings recall pedagogical lessons or speculative renderings, oftentimes replacing sequential logic with disordered notations analogous to excerpts from an unrepressed mindscape. Fisher’s work is often contextualized within a postmodern lineage, as expounded in Frances Colpitt’s essay for the monograph, Vernon Fisher, University of Texas Press, 2010, which was produced in tandem with Vernon Fisher: K-Mart Conceptualism, the artist’s career retrospective at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.

For more information about the artist or available works, please email

muddy Mickey copy

John Bauer in Better Luck Tomorrow

Artist John Bauer has a new two-part interview in Better Luck Tomorrow. He is interviewed in conversation with Stephen W. Childs, the gallery director at Duke Gallery at Azusa Pacific University, where Bauer recently had a solo exhibition.

Read the first part of the interview here.

Read the second part of the interview here.

For more information about the artist or available works, please email

Blue Velvet (#1305)

Julie Heffernan article in Art Pulse

Gallery artist Julie Heffernan has written an article for Art Pulse Magazine titled, “Bonard’s Other Avant Garde.” The smartly written article highlights the work of Pierre Bonard and his influence on contemporary art, amongst other things.

Read the article here.


Penelope Umbrico Book Signing

Today in Miami, Aperture hosts a special book signing by gallery artist Penelope Umbrico of her new book titled, Range at their booth at the Untitled Art Fair.

Aperture, a not-for-profit foundation, connects the photo community and its audiences with the most inspiring work, the sharpest ideas, and with each other—in print, in person, and online.

Untitled is an international curated art fair that focuses on curatorial balance and integrity across all disciplines of contemporary art. Founded in 2012, Untitled selects a curatorial team to identify, and curate a selection of galleries, artist-run exhibition spaces, and non-profit institutions and organizations, in discussion with an architecturally designed venue. The dialogue developed between the curators and architects, and the collaboration with galleries and their artists, creates a diverse range of programming – performances, discussions, events – and special artist projects that furthers Untitled’s innovative approach to the standard fair model.

In addition, the Mark Moore Gallery is thrilled to announce the recent acquisition by Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) of Penelope Umbrico‘s large work, “Suns from Sunset from Flickr,” (2015) for its permanent collection. This work is on view now at the museum during Art Basel Miami Beach.


Joshua Dildine in Art Pulse Magazine

Gallery artist Joshua Dildine has a new review of his recent solo show at Freight + Volume in the current issue of Art Pulse Magazine.

Reviewer Keren Moscovitch writes:

“Joshua Dildine’s astute solo exhibition at Freight + Volume addresses issues of memory, the archive, family dynamics and technology. An examination of the ways his work leaps off the wall and enters our consciousness may help elucidate the discourse it provokes. In short, to see a Dildine on the wall of a gallery is to look at a painting—a sensitively gestural work of art that reveals its process below the surface of its brush strokes and saturates the viewer’s field of vision with color, action and surface.”

Click here to read the review in it’s entirety.

For more information about the artist or available works, please email

Imagination is Always the Winner (2013)

Jean Shin TEDx Talk

Gallery artist Jean Shin has a new TEDx talk available now on YouTube. In her talk, “Truths Told Through Art,” Shin offers insight into the art making process and engages the audience in the collective truths we experience as a society. The presentation shares behind-the-scene stories of individuals the artist has met in various communities while making art in the public realm.

Watch the video below or on YouTube.

Holiday Hours

This Thanksgiving, Mark Moore Gallery is thankful for its wonderful staff. Given that, the gallery will be closed November 26-30 with normal business hours resuming on Tuesday, December 1 (11am-6pm).

Our concurrent exhibitions, “Art Culver City Los Angeles” and David’s Ryan’s“Ghost Strokes” will remain on view through Saturday, December 19, 2015. We look forward to seeing you in December!


Featured: Clayton Brothers in Artsy Editorial

Gallery artists and siblings, The Clayton Brothers are featured in a new Artsy Editorial, “For These 10 Contemporary Artists, Art Runs in the Family” by Kat Herriman.

“Collaboration comes organically to the Clayton Brothers, a painterly twosome who like to improvise in tandem. The brothers take turns working on a piece—reacting intuitively to the other’s additions. The resulting sculptures and paintings convey their push-pull process through a circus of comic surrealism and a repetition of symbols, patterns, and themes. Intertwining their wills through form, the brothers engage the nature of communication. “

Click here to read the article.


Featured Works: Bob Roberts

The gallery is pleased to present new works by legendary underground artist and tattooer, Bob Roberts. These pieces can be viewed by visiting the gallery’s “Featured Works” page on the website.

Bob Roberts makes intense watercolors on paper – creating dense, fanatically detailed compositions that draw from traditional American tattoo flash, Tibetan thangkas paintings, and outlaw motorcycle imagery. His most recent works are inspired by artists like John Altoon, Phillip Guston, H.C. Westerman, and comic legends Rick Griffin and R. Crumb, as well as surf culture, and classical Chinese and Japanese painting.

His enigmatic icons combine humorous meditations on violence, sexuality, and beauty, and are rendered with a sophisticated mastery of materials. Roberts challenges himself with a system of irreversible marks, as opposed to the corrections and over-painting of Western traditions, but with the simultaneous precision of his tattoo-artist hand. His work was the foundation of the much-acclaimed traveling museum exhibition “Eye Tattooed America” in 1993, and has been featured in numerous shows focused on mark-making and American Pop Culture.

Roberts’ experiences as a musician, biker, and iconoclast flavors his personal work. As a saxophonist, he was part of the milieu of Frank Zappa, in addition to playing with Ruben and the Jets, Hot Tuna, the New York Dolls, and the Offs. He first started professionally tattooing in 1973, while concurrently making his artwork, and is the founder of the famed Spotlight Tattoo in Los Angeles. His paintings have largely enjoyed an underground reputation as a living legend among the international body art community.

For more information about the artist or available works, please email

Jean Shin TEDx Talk

Gallery artist Jean Shin has a new TEDx talk available now on YouTube. In her talk, “Truths Told Through Art,” Shin offers insight into the art making process and engages the audience in the collective truths we experience as a society. The presentation shares behind-the-scene stories of individuals the artist has met in various communities while making art in the public realm.

Watch the video below or on YouTube.