Monthly Archives: June 2019

Yoram Wolberger, Kim Rugg, and Josh Azzarella Featured in “GENERATION W(ar)” – Opening June 15th

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Featured Work by YORAM WOLBERGER

Torrance Art Museum (TAM) presents a bold summer exhibition exploring the intersection between art and warfare, enlisting 16 artists who reflect a world of increased military engagement across the globe. Utilizing a wide range of media in its artistic arsenal, deftly maneuvers through the defining trait of our conflicted times to investigate the invisibility of things in plain sight and the daily relationship to war that underlies the culture at large.

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Featured Work by JOSH AZZARELLA

Internationally renowned contemporary artists Vanessa Beecroft and Shaun Gladwell are among the assembled artists who focus their art practice toward political expression and social critique of the institutionalization of war into the fabric of society.

21-year olds have never lived during a time when the US was NOT at war. How and where can we see this reflected in the art works of our time? Where does patriotism end and nationalism begin? How much militarism in a democracy is too much?

Curated by Ichiro Irie and Max Presneill.

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Featured Work by KIM RUGG

Featured artists: Shusuke Ao, Josh Azzarella, Vanessa Beecroft, Dan VanClapp, Melanie Friend, Shaun Gladwell, Ben Jackel, Jerome Lagarrigue, Dinh Q. Lê, Hillary Mushkin, Simon Norfolk, Isabel Rocamora, Kim Rugg, Joaquín Segura, Allison Stewart, and Yoram Wolberger.

GENERATION W(ar) will be on view from June 15, 2019 – August 24, 2019 at the Torrance Art Museum.

The opening reception will be held on Saturday, June 15th from 6 pm – 9 pm

For more information visit www.TorranceArtMuseum.com or call 310-618-6388.

Museum Hours:
Tuesday – Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Admission to the Torrance Art Museum is Free.

Torrance Art Museum
3320 Civic Center Drive
Torrance, CA 90503

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Mark Moore Fine Art is proud to present artist Josh Azzarella – On View Now!

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Mark Moore Fine Art is proud to present artist JOSH AZZARELLA’s new body of work in an exclusive ARTSY online exhibition on view through July 7, 2019. In this new series of photo-based works, Azzarella explores time and space and contemporary culture through the medium of film.

View this exhibition now at: http://bit.ly/2ZNjTOO

Josh Azzarella (b. 1978, Ohio) creates videos and photographs that explore the power of context in the authorship of memory, oftentimes utilizing seminal moments in pop culture and news media to create accessible confrontations with historiography. By illuminating the individual encounter with communal experiences, Azzarella evaluates the perception of realness – which can ultimately be rooted in both the fantastic as much as the pragmatic.

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“Time exists somewhere between memory and anticipation”  – Carlo Rovelli

Ones first impulse is to think of time as a large expanse. However, time is also that slim moment between what has just happened and what we anticipate will happen next.  In cinema, this moment materializes in the unimaged space between two frames of film – 1/24th of a second. 

This body of work collects pieces of film that have been screened in cinemas throughout the world, and which portray moments of transition in the narrative. One image or understanding is leaving the frame, and another is about to appear; the black space in between is for a moment the liminal space between these realities. These fragments are scanned and enlarged (including their scratches, blemishes, and detritus gained from use) and reproduced at large scale. 

Further, the mechanics of the projector and the lens system in the theater have been undone. When a film is viewed using a projector, the film is fed through the projector upside down and backwards and the mechanics of the lens corrects the image so it is oriented properly. Undoing the corrections creates images that are upside down and backwards, both of which complicate our understanding of images with which we may be familiar.

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Josh Azzarella was the recipient of the 2006 Emerging Artist Award and related solo exhibition from The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum (CT). He has previously shown at the California Museum of Photography (CA), University Art Museum, Long Beach (CA), Vancouver Art Gallery (Canada), Kavi Gupta Gallery (IL), Academie der Kunste (Berlin), Sean Kelly Gallery (NY), Catharine Clark Gallery (CA), Mississippi State University (MS), the Santa Barbara Museum of Art (CA) and DCKT Gallery (NY). His work is included in the permanent collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (CA), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (CA), the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PA), the Museum of Fine Arts Houston (TX), the San Diego Museum of Modern Art (CA), the Margulies Collection (FL), Western Bridge (WA) and JP Morgan Chase (NY). He lives and works in Easton, PA.

For additional information on the work on this artist, please contact us or go to: www.markmoorefineart.com

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Dirk Staschke Exclusive ARTSY Online Exhibition of New Work On View Now!

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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 opens  TODAY and 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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Closing Soon: 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″)

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.

THIS EXHIBITION CLOSES ON JUNE 16, 2019.

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

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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