Monthly Archives: May 2019

Allison Schulnik in “Suffering From Realness” at MASS MoCA

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Suffering From Realness explores the politics of representation — and the ways in which artists use the body to grasp at and re-center the “aura of realness” in an age of uncertainty. The title for the exhibition is borrowed from the song “Ni**as in Paris” by Jay-Z and Kanye West in which West raps: “Doctors say I’m the illest / ‘Cause I’m suffering from realness.” This prophetic lyric ended up signaling the musician’s spiraling ego, over-the-top public behavior, and mental health issues. But the phrase also begs the question, “What exactly is realness?” In her most political group exhibition to date, curator Denise Markonish explores the fluidity of identity and the media rituals performed to tell the narrative of “realness.”

Allison Schulnik will debut her new film “Moth” at this exhibition.

Realness in the 21st century is an increasingly complicated concept. In 2016, British filmmaker Adam Curtis directed HyperNormalisation, which is accompanied by the following tagline: “Our world is strange and often fake and corrupt. But we think it’s normal because we can’t see anything else.” In the film, Curtis traces society’s descent into — to borrow Stephen Colbert’s term — ‘truthiness’ and the systematic confusion it has created, from the Reagan to Trump administrations. The film outlines how, since the 1970s, corporations and politicians have increasingly gained power over the “real world” by creating a “fake world” that they can easily stabilize and control. Examples range from various financial crises to the use of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi as a public relations pawn by the United States. In the last two years, absurdity has been amplified further as xenophobic behavior has reached a new extreme. Artists are increasingly probing the notion of realness, using art to create moments of political resistance while also trying, difficult as it may be, to forge paths towards reconciliation.

The artists whose work comprise Suffering From Realness examine the human condition from all sides, creating works in various media that are both personal and universal, addressing racism, violence, gender equality, the politicized body of wartime, the anxious body, the complexity of responsibility, and the future. Ultimately, the exhibition endeavors to provide a sliver of optimism, to show how tenderness and collective action can lead to a new form of realness, one tied less to uncertainty and more to liberation. No longer bound, we can “resist or move on, be mad, be rash, smoke, and explode” (Morrissey, Hold On to Your Friends), and ultimately, find hope in something lasting and real.

This exhibition features the work of: Aziz+Cucher, Cassils, Adriana Corral, Joey Fauerso, Jeffrey Gibson, Hayv Kahraman, Jennifer Karady, Titus Kaphar, Robert Longo, Christopher Mir, MPA, Wangechi Mutu, Allison Schulnik, Keith Sklar, Robert Taplin, and Vincent Valdez

MASS MoCA is one of the world’s liveliest centers for making and enjoying today’s most evocative art. With vast galleries and a stunning collection of indoor and outdoor performing arts venues, MASS MoCA is able to embrace all forms of art: music, sculpture, dance, film, painting, photography, theater, and new, boundary-crossing works of art that defy easy classification. Much of the work we show in our light-filled spaces, on our technically sophisticated stages, and within our lovely network of late 19th-century courtyards is made here during extended fabrication and rehearsal residencies that bring hundreds of the world’s most brilliant and innovative artists to North Adams all year round.

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Closing Friday: KIM RUGG “News / Paper” Exclusive ARTSY Online Exhibition

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Mark Moore Fine Art proudly presents “News / Paper”, an exclusive online ARTSY survey of the artist’s most acclaimed body of work by artist Kim Rugg. With the precision of a surgeon, Rugg dismantles and reassembles printed objects that relay information rendering their original content meaningless. 

View this exhibition now at:

https://www.artsy.net/show/mark-moore-fine-art-kim-rugg-news-slash-paper

What really interests me is how when I remove the message – the news – I am left with the messenger. The process brings this messenger to the foreground. The “personality” and character of the paper is therefore amplified. – Kim Rugg (2003)

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British artist Kim Rugg has gained recognition and acclaim for her work that altered and “re-ordered” the average daily newspaper in a strange, obsessive pursuit of purity and order. Rugg uses everyday materials such as stamps, sweaters, wallpaper, comic books, and newspapers to examine meaning in relation to construction, by taking apart and dissecting existing objects into their components in an incredible obsessive process, her reordering highlights systems of information and questions their content.

In this exclusive online ARTSY exhibition we focus on these classic “Newspaper” and “Magazine” works that put the artist at the vanguard of the conceptual art scene in her commentary of the the role of the media in society nearly two decades ago.

With surgical blades and a meticulous hand, Kim Rugg (b. 1963, Canada) dissects and reassembles newspapers, stamps, comic books, cereal boxes and postage stamps in order to render them conventionally illegible. The front page of the LA Times becomes neatly alphabetized jargon, debunking the illusion of its producers’ authority as much as the message itself. Through her re-appropriation of medium and meaning, she effectively highlights the innately slanted nature of the distribution of information as well as its messengers. Rugg has also created hand-drawn works alongside wallpaper installations, both of which toy with authenticity and falsehood through subtle trompe l’oeil. In her maps, Rugg re-envisions the topography of various states, countries, continents, and even the world without borders, featuring a staggeringly precise hand-drawn layout with only city names and regions as reference points. In own sense of abstracted cartography, Rugg redistributes traditional map colors (or eliminates them entirely) in order to nullify the social preeminence given to constructed territories, and highlight the idea that our attention is manipulated to focus on the powerful few instead of the physical many.

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Rugg received her MFA in Sculpture from the Royal College of Art (London). Her work can be seen in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Art (D.C.) and the Frederick R. Weisman Foundation (CA), the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego (CA), Honolulu Museum of Art, the Norton Museum (FL), and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston (TX) among others. She has been included in exhibitions at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (CA), Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts (NY), Galerie Schmidt Maczollek (Cologne), and Nettie Horn Gallery (Manchester), P.P.O.W. Gallery (NYC), and was the recipient of the Thames and Hudson Prize from the Royal College of Art Society in 2004. She lives and works in London (UK).

For additional information on this artist and exhibition, please visit our website at markmoorefineart.com or contact us directly at: info@markmoorefineart.com

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Closing June 16th: Allison Schulnik in SAN DIEGO SURREAL at the Oceanside Museum of Art

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Allison Schulnik, Centaurette, 2017; cast bronze on unique stone base; Unique work from a series of eight 29″ H x 8″ x 20″ overall (19″ H  x 20″ x 5″ bronze, attached to base 10″ H x 13″ x 8″)

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Oceanside Museum of Art

FEBRUARY 23–JUNE 16, 2019

San Diego Surreal reveals the ways in which Surrealism’s range of artistic strategies and visual vocabulary have seeped into our culture while probing the impact the movement has had on artists in San Diego County. Featuring over 50 works of art in a variety of media created over several decades, the exhibition focuses on the work of contemporary artists including Hugo Crosthwaite, Marianela de la Hoz, Einar and Jamex de la Torre, Charles Glaubitz, Jeff Irwin, Cliff McReynolds, Lynn Schuette, Allison Schulnik, Walter Sutin, Jen Trute, and Perry Vasquez, and also includes earlier 20th-century Modernists who drew upon Surrealism such as Dorr Bothwell, Ethel Greene, Harry Sternberg, and Jean Swiggett. Organized by guest curator Susan M. Anderson, San Diego Surreal goes beyond making overt comparisons between the work of the historical Surrealists and these artists, to explore broader more idiosyncratic connections.

Expanding on her language that traditionally highlights misfits, outcasts, and the misunderstood – Schulnik introduces a wild new cast of mythological creatures replete with centaurettes, unicorns, and otherworldly outsiders in various stages of liberation. Continuing her exploration of selfhood through diverse and rich allegories, her new subjects radiate gracefulness that is both vulnerable and stoic—a type of synthesis that is a hallmark in Schulnik’s work.

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Not contented by cut and dry narratives that portray notions of empowerment, her characters are complex. Delving into the intricate web of sexuality, Schulnik takes a Henry Darger approach to Disney’s “Fantasia”- with centaurettes reimagining strength and femininity, as well as humanity. In order to create an honest portrait of contemporary liberation, she provides her mythic beings with fear, angst, sadness, and even weakness. Glorious unicorns of questionable gender are imbued with an aura of disheveled majesty — and a new type of hero emerges. Each protagonist is granted their individual physicality, strength, baggage, and personhood – as they also reflect the bewildering concepts of ego and identity. As fictional as these creatures may be, their personification of the untamed make us long for the best, unapologetic versions of our true selves.

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The entire series of these extraordinary works can be viewed now on our ARTSY website at:

https://www.artsy.net/show/mark-moore-fine-art-allison-schulnik-the-centaurette-bronzes

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Born in 1978 (San Diego, CA), Schulnik earned her BFA in Experimental Animation from the California Institute of the Arts, Valencia (CA). She has had solo exhibitions at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art (CT), Laguna Art Museum (CA), Oklahoma City Museum of Art (OK), Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art (KS), ZieherSmith Gallery (NY), Rokeby Gallery (London), Unosunove Arte Contemporanea (Rome), and Division Gallery (Montreal). In addition to her inclusion in prestigious film festivals around the world, her films have garnered multiple awards, including Best Experimental Animation at Ottawa International Animation Festival in 2014. Her work has also been shown at the Royal Scottish Academy of Art and Architecture (Scotland), Garage Center for Contemporary Culture (Moscow), Hammer Museum (CA), Los Angeles County Museum of Art (CA), Santa Barbara Museum of Art (CA), San Diego Museum of Art (CA), Contemporary Arts Museum (LA), German Institute for Animated Film (Germany), Canada (NY), Lehman Maupin (NY), The Hole (NY), Acme (CA), and Hangar-7 (Salzburg), among many others. Allison Schulnik’s work is in the public collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (CA), Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art (KS), Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego (CA), Santa Barbara Art Museum (CA), Museé de Beaux Arts (Montreal), Farnsworth Art Museum (ME), Laguna Art Museum (CA), Montreal Contemporary Art Museum (Canada), Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art (CT), and Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Canada). The artist lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

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Check out the featured rave review on Allison Schulnik’s recent exhibition titled “Hoof” on ARTSY by Torey Akers at the following link:

https://writer.artsy.net/articles/59f8c806e1b675001debb9fb/edit

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Closing Soon: Daniel Canogar “The Amalgama Series Multiples”

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Mark Moore Fine Art is proud to present the first exhibition of “The Amalgama Series Multiples” by New Media artist DANIEL CANOGAR on view through June 16, 2019. This is Canogar’s debut of this new series of prints based on his acclaimed video works and his first works on paper.

View the show now at: https://www.artsy.net/show/mark-moore-fine-art-daniel-canogar-the-amalgama-series-multiples

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The “Amalgama” series is composed of prints created with images of significant visual artists, both from the present and the past. These images have been downloaded from the Internet, and transformed through an algorithm created by the artist’s studio. The algorithm liquefies these images into a mercurial blend that partially abstracts the original images.

“Amalgama” is an attempt to understand how digital media is filtering our experience of art, perhaps updating Malraux’s musée imaginaire to the electronic age. The swirling effects that have transformed the original artworks evoke the ceaseless flow of information that courses through the Internet, transforming how artworks are consumed, processed and circulated online. “Amalgama” above all addresses the challenge of making, viewing and circulating art in our liquid modernity.

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Daniel Canogar (Madrid, 1964) received an M.A. from NYU and the International Center for Photography in 1990. His work as a visual artist focuses on photography, video, and installation art. Daniel Canogar has created numerous public art pieces, including Waves, a permanent sculptural LED screen for the atrium of 2 Houston Center, Houston; Travesías, a sculptural LED screen commissioned for the atrium of the European Union Council in Brussels during the Spanish Presidency of the European Union in 2010; Constelaciones, the largest photo-mosaic in Europe created for two pedestrian bridges over the Manzanares River, in MRío Park, Madrid; Helix, a permanent LED sculptural screen made for Quantum of the Seas, a Royal Caribbean cruise ship andClandestinos, a video-projection presented on various emblematic monuments including the Arcos de Lapa in Rio de Janeiro, the Puerta de Alcalá in Madrid and the church of San Pietro in Montorio in Rome.

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His recent work includes Storming Times Square, screened on 47 of the LED billboards in Times Square, New York; “Small Data”, a solo exhibition at bitforms, New York, and Max Estrella Gallery in Madrid; “Quadratura”, a solo exhibition at Espacio Fundación Telefónica in Lima; “Vórtices”, an exhibition exploring issues of water and sustainability at the Fundación Canal Isabel II in Madrid;Synaptic Passage, an installation commissioned for the exhibition “Brain: The Inside Story” at the American Museum of Natural History in New York and two installations at the Sundance Film Festival 2011 in Park City, Utah.

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He has exhibited in the Reina Sofia Contemporary Art Museum, Madrid; the Palacio Velázquez, Madrid; Max Estrella Gallery, Madrid; bitforms Gallery, New York; Filomena Soares Gallery, Lisbon; Guy Bärtschi Gallery, Geneva; Mimmo Scognamiglio Artecontemporanea, Milano; the Santa Mónica Art Center, Barcelona; the Alejandro Otero Museum, Caracas; the Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio; the Offenes Kulturhaus Center for Contemporary Art, Linz; the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein Westfallen, Düsseldorf; Hamburger Banhof Museum, Berlin; Borusan Contemporary Museum, Istanbul; the American Museum of Natural History, New York; the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh and the Mattress Factory Museum, Pittsburgh.

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Opening Today: David Klamen “Untitled 2015 (Blue Meta-Painting Installation)” on ARTSY

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David Klamen Untitled 2015 (Blue Meta-Painting Installation)  

An Exclusive ARTSY Online Exhibition on view now at: http://bit.ly/2vZSGLr

In recent years, the work of David Klamen has used various visual images and processes to investigate the question of how we know our cultures and ourselves.  In his most recent variation on this theme, Klamen has created a collection of paintings of paintings, or “meta-paintings.”   This multi-canvas installation consists of an historically diverse set of twenty-four separate paintings, each inspired by a masterwork, carefully arranged together to create a unified installation. 

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Consistent with his other works, Untitled 2015 (Blue Meta-Painting Installation) overlaps multiple artistic traditions into a single work, combining the installation style of the nineteenth century salon with his trompe l’oeil meta-paintings.  From a distance, the large oval installation offers an intricately composed play of fractured angles that suggest a nearly cubistic sense of space.  Rectangular canvases depicting paintings at tilted angles ricochet our attention across the picture planes.  From the sparkling gilded frames of the old masters to the punctuated color of Mondrian and Monet, Klamen compresses the scale of the originals into a carefully orchestrated intertextual performance.  Like an art historical library, this meta-painting installation offers an experience of ongoing comparison, discovery and contemplation.

Klamen is represented in the Public Collections of the following Museums (to name but a few): Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Chazen Museum of Art, Madison, Wisconsin; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York;  Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, Illinois; National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea; The Searle Collection of Contemporary Art, Chicago; University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois; Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California; McNay Art Museum, San Antonio; Elmhurst Art Museum; and the Berkeley Art Museum.

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Final Days: Dirk Staschke Exclusive ARTSY Online Exhibition of New Work

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Mark Moore Fine Art is proud to present “Extuent“, and exclusive ARTSY online exhibition of new work by Portland-based artist DIRK STASCHKE – best known for his exploration of Dutch Vanitas still life themes in the medium of ceramics. This show is on view through June 30, 2019.

View this show now at: http://bit.ly/2Wddeex

In this current body of work, artist Dirk Staschke explores the space in between ceramics, sculpture, and painting. His work often uses meticulous representation as foil for examining skill and craft. As the artist explains: 

“Dutch still life paintings, sometimes called Vanitas, are concerned with the futility of pleasure and the certainty of death. Religious in nature, the paintings also confer the belief that this world is somehow less real than the one that awaits. It is this modulation between the real and illusionistic that most interests me and ultimately makes my work about perception.” 

“I endeavor to explore the space in between sculpture and painting that neither medium can occupy alone. Look behind a painting and the illusion of space is lost. My work seeks to give that space a tangible form. The knowable gives way to a backdrop of structures that exist in support and in reaction to its creation. Representation becomes a departure point and a foil for examining skill and craft.” 

“My latest investigations have taken me directly to painting. The notion of futility is key in the Vanitas tradition. I look to translate that futility into an artistic gesture by rendering what is representational and static in the fluid medium of glaze, knowing that what is painstakingly depicted will change beyond my control once fired. It captures a fleeting moment reminiscent of the temporal nature of life. Conversely, history has shown fired ceramic to be among the most permanent materials in existence.” 

“Invoking the impermanent in the enduring medium of ceramic becomes a hopeful act, and in some small way, futility gives way to optimism.”

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Staschke received his BFA from the University of Montevallo followed by an MFA from Alfred University and has maintained an ongoing studio practice and extensive exhibition record for the last twenty years. During this time, he has taught at many notable universities, including Alfred University and New York University. His work has been shown internationally and resides in the permanent collections of several museums including the Smithsonian Museum in Washington (DC), Icheon Museum, World Ceramic Center (Gwango-dong) South Korea, Portland Art Museum (OR). He has received various artist’s grants including grants from The Virginia Groot Foundation and the Canada Council on the Arts.

For additional information on the work of Dirk Staschke, go to:

http://www.markmoorefineart.com/artists/dirk-staschke

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Previewed: David Klamen “Untitled 2015 (Blue Meta-Painting Installation)” – Opening May 24th 

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David Klamen Untitled 2015 (Blue Meta-Painting Installation)  

An Exclusive ARTSY Online Exhibition on view now at: http://bit.ly/2vZSGLr

In recent years, the work of David Klamen has used various visual images and processes to investigate the question of how we know our cultures and ourselves.  In his most recent variation on this theme, Klamen has created a collection of paintings of paintings, or “meta-paintings.”   This multi-canvas installation consists of an historically diverse set of twenty-four separate paintings, each inspired by a masterwork, carefully arranged together to create a unified installation. 

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Consistent with his other works, Untitled 2015 (Blue Meta-Painting Installation) overlaps multiple artistic traditions into a single work, combining the installation style of the nineteenth century salon with his trompe l’oeil meta-paintings.  From a distance, the large oval installation offers an intricately composed play of fractured angles that suggest a nearly cubistic sense of space.  Rectangular canvases depicting paintings at tilted angles ricochet our attention across the picture planes.  From the sparkling gilded frames of the old masters to the punctuated color of Mondrian and Monet, Klamen compresses the scale of the originals into a carefully orchestrated intertextual performance.  Like an art historical library, this meta-painting installation offers an experience of ongoing comparison, discovery and contemplation.

Klamen is represented in the Public Collections of the following Museums (to name but a few): Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Chazen Museum of Art, Madison, Wisconsin; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York;  Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, Illinois; National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea; The Searle Collection of Contemporary Art, Chicago; University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois; Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California; McNay Art Museum, San Antonio; Elmhurst Art Museum; and the Berkeley Art Museum.

#davidklamen #markmoorefineart