IN THE MEMBERS' GALLERY
Jennifer Moses: Cartoons and other Confections
February 3-28, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, February 5, 2016, 5:30-8:00 pm
Through the Mountain Pass, oil on wood panel, 9 x 12 inches, 2015.
Moonrise, oil on wood panel, 9 x 12 inches, 2015.
Clown Car, oil on wood panel, 9 x 12 inches, 2015.
I have been building a vocabulary of forms, colors, and compositions toward a goal of creating cartooned and animated abstract images that tell tragicomic tales. The varied surfaces in my paintings add to the sense of narrative that I seek. I find narrative in abstraction a difficult pursuit, but I look towards the artists Arshile Gorky, Joan Miro, Philip Guston, Amy Sillman, and George Condo, among others, because I believe they achieve the pairing of the tragic and comic in their work. A groundbreaking exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Comic Abstraction: Image-Breaking Image-Making, brought together many contemporary abstract painters working in this same idiom. The exhibition and the critical articles written at the time helped me to define and position my work within the larger art world.