BLUR THE LINE
Opening Reception with the artists on October 4 from 4 - 6 pm.
Gallery talk on October 18 from 2 - 4 pm
Blur the Line considers the prominence and dynamics of line in the paintings of David Moore, Jennifer Moses, and David Palmer. Abstract compositions are explored with infinite variations as the three artists forge sublime compositions of compulsively rendered lines. Featured at Clark Gallery from October 2 through 30 with a reception on October 4th from 4-6pm and a gallery talk on October 18th from 2-4pm, Blur the Line pushes the viewer to contemplate the dialogue issuing from the intersecting lines.
A 2008 recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Painting Fellowship and grant winner from the Pollock/Krasner Foundation, David Moore paints personal interpretations of natural surroundings through deliberate mark making in saturated colors. Described as radicalizing landscape painting, Moore finds inspiration in the environs of rural New Hampshire, New York, and, most recently, Ireland, where he traveled while completing a residency at the Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Ballycastle, County Mayo earlier this year. His decades-long commitment to music as a Musical Saw player also influences his visual art expressions. Abstract spatial loops and meticulous lines in vertical and horizontal sequences illustrate Moore’s exploration of place and the daily rituals one completes in varied landscapes.
Jennifer Moses has been perpetually inspired by the pre-renaissance panel paintings of Siena, Italy. The elaborate hairstyles worn by figures in historical paintings have been of particular interest. Striving to achieve the same tension that exists between the charged, emotive imagery and visual beauty of the renaissance paintings, Moses combines representational and non-representational form with narrative weight. The curls of complex tresses are painted in a range of scraped and worked surfaces and transformed into symbolic images. Indeed, intuitive swirling strokes assume forms that build architectural spaces that, as Moses states, “reference an internal world full of oppositions such as structured form and unraveling form, rawness and refinement, exposure and secrecy.” Moses received her MFA from Indiana University and has been widely exhibited. She is an associate professor of fine arts at the University of New Hampshire.
David Palmer’s bold single-stroke paintings are striking. Palmer carefully and methodically creates a perfectly luminous white surface on linen. The pristine, smooth, and porcelain like 64 inch square spatial plane provides the arena for Palmer to vigorously apply his single stroke electric blue acrylic paint. As he describes, “the paintings are about form, energy, motion, and what the middle of the brush stroke can do. What can transpire in the middle is infinite. The beginning lays underneath other paint, the end may go off the canvas. If the painting were bigger it could keep going, it’s not the end, it’s merely the end to the space the painting exists in.” Palmer’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the Northeast, including the Rose Art Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Virgel de Voldere Gallery (Slingshot Projects), New York.