Monthly Archives: January 2018

Dirk Staschke on view now in “C’est le bouquet!” at the Fondation Bernardaud (Limoges)

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IMAGE: Dirk Staschke, “Flux #8”, 2017, Ceramic, 32 x 24 x 4 inches

Mark Moore Fine Art is proud to announce Portland-based Artist DIRK STASCHKE in “C’est le bouquet!” at the Fondation Bernardaud (Limoges).

Confined for centuries to vase bodies and plate rims, flowers are breaking out from the decorative arts to enrich contemporary art. The Fondation Bernardaud is presenting seventeen international artists, inspired by the floral theme, that have elected to work in ceramics, most of whom have never exhibited in France. The broad spectrum of ideas expressed in these pieces demonstrates that this ancient, timeless theme has an amazing ability to regenerate itself.

In ages past, floral motifs and ceramics were associated with the decorative arts. Prior to the 20th century, the floral subject in sculpture was non-existent. Only recently have artists begun to understand the potential of ceramics as a medium and create works that have made their way into art galleries. C’est le bouquet! explores this new and different relationship, underscoring that the flower has gone from ornamental motif to subject in its own right. Appropriating the rich heritage of ceramics, these artists are inventing new ways of working with the material and overcoming technical difficulties to create on a monumental scale and develop unexpected new textures.

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DETAIL IMAGE: Dirk Staschke, “Flux #8”, 2017, Ceramic, 32 x 24 x 4 inches

In all cultures, flowers are present in the transactions between the living and the dead, between humans and divinities, and many different meanings are assigned to them. For the artist, the floral theme offers an inexhaustible repertory to address topical issues, whether defending endangered biodiversity or denouncing forms of domination. Several of the works refer to the grand tradition of 17th-century still-life painting. This is a way for the artists to criticize today’s waste-generating society while claiming the status of “art work” for ceramics. In a day and age when challenges to all forms of authority is giving rise to the rejection of hierarchies and frameworks, ceramic flowers are doing away with the old academic distinctions between “major” arts and decorative arts, between art history and mass culture. Flowers and ceramics may be the ultimate expression of modernity. That’s the message that C’est le bouquet ! is sending us.

Hélène Huret

Director of the Fondation Bernardaud and exhibition curator

Joséphine Le Foll

Author of the catalogue and art historian specialized in the floral painting genre and Renaissance art

FONDATION BERNARDAUD

27, avenue Albert Thomas

87 000 Limoges (France)

Exhibition ends February 24th, 2018

Artists:

Christopher ADAMS

Joan BANKEMPER

BERTOZZI & CASONI

Alice COUTTOUPES

Phoebe CUMMINGS

Kim DICKEY

Rain HARRIS

Malene HARTMANN RASMUSSEN

Susan HIPGRAVE

Hitomi HOSONO

Christopher RUSSELL

Dirk STASCHKE

Maria TEN KORTENAAR

Zemer PELED

Matt WEDEL

Anne WENZEL

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Featured Artist Interview of the Week: STEPHANIE WASHBURN

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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 STEPHANIE WASHBURN which can be viewed here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQaAbxhIt_M

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 #stephaniewashburn

British Artist KIM RUGG Shares “A Day In The Life Of Words”

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KIM RUGG
A Day In The Life Of Words, 2016-2018
Ink on paper
60 x 158 inches (150 x 400 cm)

As Kim Rugg explains, “The work titled “A Day In The Life Of Words” is a continuation of the large scale written drawings I have been making. After transcribing a few newspapers I decided to scale it up and see what 24 hours of speech would look like. As with all my work I worked with an existing media. This time BBC Radio 4 – a mostly speech based radio Station. This station has some iconic programs, notably the Shipping forecast, The World  Service, The News, Woman’s hour, The Archers, Desert Island Discs.”

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“In the first stage I had to transcribe the broadcast verbatim – featuring all the hesitations, interruptions, and repetitions of the broadcaster. I was working from the playback service. These programs were available for a few weeks after broadcast but not long enough for my needs, so I decided that when I finished transcribing one hour I would move to the program available at the time of commencing the next hour. This means that at around 2 am I was featuring the second Clinton Trump debate of the Presidential campaign, but by midday the time line had progressed and the midday program was by then the announcement of Trump’s election.” 

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The artist continues, “I worked on this piece from October 2016 until completion in January 2018. The transcribing filled over 400 pages. These pages were then transcribed into the actual work. Although I was working as uniformly as possible, using the same tool, a Rötring rapidograph pen 0.2mm,throughout, the surface is far from uniform. There is a nuance in the intensity of the grey as the pens ran out of ink or leaked and even wore out. The nature of the speech also caused the texture of the surface to vary. The work is displayed “landscape” even though the writing reads the other way. This allows the words to become a graphic device and marks rather than just words.”

Mark Moore Fine Art is proud to share this work with you now.

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I have taken the liberty of placing all the available works by KIM RUGG on our ARTSY website for you to view there. To view this work, go to the following special link I have set up for you:

https://www.artsy.net/mark-moore-gallery/artist/kim-rugg

In addition, here is the link to ur website where to can download a free copy of our STATEMENTS online catalog on the artist:

http://www.markmoorefineart.com/attachment/en/581c5e0c84184e51358b4568/Press/581c5ea984184e51358b80c3

#kimrugg #markmooregallery

Painter Dimitri Kozyrev Opens Major Solo Exhibition in Houston

Check out DIMITRI KOZYREV‘s first solo show in Houston this weekend at a gSpot project space. The Director of the Blaffer Gallery, Toby Kamps, both curated the show and wrote a wonderful essay on the work (below).

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Dimitri Kozyrev’s Lost Edge series surveys vast territories of history and modern art. Trained in USSR as a meteorologist by the Soviet air force and in the United States as a painter by the University of California, Santa Barbara, he applies a cartographer’s precision and an artist’s synthesizing imagination to military and aesthetic conquests and their aftermaths. The ostensible subject of these large images, which are comprised of intersecting vector lines and angular planes of subtly modulated color, is the Winter War, a little-known invasion of Finland by the Soviet Union in 1939. But these complex, semi-abstract images derived from landscapes and fortresses are as much about fields of art as fields of battle.

As a child growing up in Leningrad, Kozyrev explored the ruins of the Mannerheim Line, a vast fortified border constructed by the Finns to protect their territory. Soviet troops overran this fortification with the same ease the Germans, their then-allies, knocked out the even bigger Maginot Line in France a year later. Today, this complex of pillboxes and tunnels is overgrown by birch and pine forests. In Kozyrev’s hands, this vanishing landscape becomes an emblem for the history of modern art. In the first half of the 20th century, he notes, a few advance-guard troops crashed through a defense believed to be impenetrable, and a small cadre of avant-garde artists broke through all manner of established boundaries to establish radically new visions. Such decisive breakthroughs, he believes, are difficult to imagine in our current age.

Today, it seems, warfare consists more of running skirmishes between mismatched forces than set-piece battles, and advanced art is a crowded field marked more by incremental, interstitial advances than by revolutionary breakthroughs. The possibility that the supply of new ideas and approaches may be exhausted haunts our time. Kozyrev, however, looks to the past in order to move forward. He picks up the standard of Modernism—a glorious, tantalizingly just-out-of-reach time of unlimited potential—and rushes into the skirmish.

Kozyrev’s vision of the Mannerheim Line is an intoxicating mixture of the dynamic and the hallucinatory. He draws on the pictorial innovations of the French Cubists, the Russian Constructivists, and the Italian Futurists to create an immersive experience. Like his forebears, Kozyrev revels in the promises of expanded perception, new technology, and the catharsis of violence—pictorial and martial. Yet his are willfully precarious and brittle scenes, epic in scope but fragile in structure. They are rendered as if in sheets of glass and in apocalyptic hazes of smoky blues, greens, grays, and yellows. All human endeavors—political and aesthetic—are fragile, these paintings remind us. And our moment is particularly precarious, as the threat of nuclear annihilation once again hangs in the air, despite all the connectivity of the post-internet age. In the end, the thrill and the chill in Kozyrev’s work stems from its unsettling combination of original beauty and bunker archaeology. The cutting, avant-garde edge—possibility of something entirely new—may indeed be lost to contemporary painters, but Kozyrev shows us that, in the right hands, the tools and treasures left to us by the Modernists are still capable of extraordinary revelations.

-Toby Kamps (Dir. of Blaffer Gallery, Curator of Dimitri Kozyrev, ‘Lost Edge’ at G Spot Gallery through January 2018)

Concurrently, Mark Moore Fine Art is pleased to present a series of nine new works on canvas from the ongoing Lost Landscapes Series by artist Dimitri Kozyrev.

This exclusive ARTSY online exhibition is on view now and is visible at the following link:

https://www.artsy.net/show/mark-moore-fine-art-dimitri-kozyrev-the-lost-landscapes-2017

For more information on the Houston exhibition, go to:

http://www.gspotgallery.com

#dimitrikozyrev #markmoorefineart

 

Featured Artist Interview of the Week: DAVID KLAMEN

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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 DAVID KLAMEN which can be viewed here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3QG_On41nM

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 #davidklamen

Dimitri Kozyrev Opens Solo Exhibition in Houston this Weekend

Check out DIMITRI KOZYREV‘s first solo show in Houston this weekend at a gSpot project space. Toby Kamps curated it and wrote a wonderful essay on the work.

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Concurrently, Mark Moore Fine Art is pleased to present a series of nine new works on canvas from the ongoing Lost Landscapes Series by artist Dimitri Kozyrev.

This exclusive ARTSY online exhibition is on view now and is visible at the following link:

https://www.artsy.net/show/mark-moore-fine-art-dimitri-kozyrev-the-lost-landscapes-2017

For more information on the Houston exhibition, go to:

http://www.gspotgallery.com

#dimitrikozyrev #markmoorefineart

 

Closing Soon: BEN CHARLES WEINER Exhibition on ARTSY

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Image: BEN CHARLES WEINER

Mark Moore Fine Art presents Ben Charles WeinerLooks”, 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 closes January 7th.

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.

This exhibition is available now to view at the following special link below:

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

In addition, 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

Mark Moore Fine Art

Tel: +1.310.266.2283

www.markmoorefineart.com

#markmoorefineart #benweiner #bencharlesweiner