Contributed by Sharon Butler / What you can’t see clearly in online images of Carrie Moyer’s new paintings, on view at Mary Boone (in conjunction with DC Moore) through April 21, is the remarkable fusion of flat, opaque abstract form with a masterful illusion of three-dimensionality. Moyer’s masked shapes, paint pours, and drop shadows, applied with varying degrees of transparency, are sensually layered over large-scale canvases. In this aspect, her new work is an ode to painting itself.
According to the press release, Moyer is interested in the “psychic interval between dormancy and the incipient rumblings of a new age. Teeming with loamy colors of the forest floor, these eight paintings evoke associations of elemental energies that both extinguish and rekindle…. In their reference to a geological time, the paintings serve as physical ballast to our contemporary barrage of data. These works gesture to the past while providing a material anchor for the present and a push towards the future.”
Moyer is thinking in terms of a fresh start, and that’s exactly what we need right now–the rejuvenation that eventually follows a volcanic eruption on the order of Pompeii.
From the gallery’s website: Carrie Moyer’s recent exhibitions include the 2017 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Three Graces: Polly Apfelbaum, Tony Feher and Carrie Moyer at the Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse (2015); and Carrie Moyer: Pirate Jenny which originated at the Tang Museum, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, and traveled to the SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, and to the Canzani Center Gallery, Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus (2013-2014). Moyer has received awards from the Guggenheim and Joan Mitchell Foundations, Anonymous Was a Woman, and Creative Capital, among others. Her work is in numerous public and private collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Pérez Art Museum Miami, Miami; and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
“Carrie Moyer: Seismic Shuffle,” curated by Piper Marshall in conjunction with DC Moore Gallery. Mary Boone, Midtown East, New York, NY. Through April 21, 2018.