Carrie Moyer at CANADA

CM2008-007webTableau, 2008, acrylic, glitter on canvas, 90 x 66 in. all images via CANADA site

I saw this show on opening day and fell in love with the color and form of Moyer’s paintings. I haven’t been this smitten with an artist’s work since my boss’ last show at Sikkema Jenkins which made an awesome and refreshing viewing experience. Apparently I’m drawn to works that incorporate the subconscious and intermingle abstraction with suggestions of figure and narrative, leaving lines obscure and mysterious.

CM2009-007webBarbute, 2009, acrylic on canvas, 90×60 in

In these paintings wild color and glitter nearly burst through the canvas, held in place by opaque and neutral shades that evoke regal minimalist abstraction. The forms are elusive but present, some standing there like props for a storefront window, an object that can only be bought in dreams whilst other “figures” dance, float, and march through the canvas in subtle quiet movements, zombified and in no rush. Thin watercolor-like patches pattern the body of each form and are often both dissected and held together by a thin piece of red string which can be quite disturbing.

cm2009-002webTiny Dancer, 2009, acrylic on canvas, 50×30 in

Specific images I imagine I see in a few of the paintings are cake, a Picasso cubist-like guitar, ice cream, boobs, and a penis. Shows you where my mind is…Their near human scale adds to their otherworldly monumentality, especially the paintings that are in the back room, silent but flooded with character. I love the press release’s describing her work: “The hermetic and political share a home like two slightly queasy participants in an episode of ABC’s Wife Swap”. Brilliant.


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  1. Art

    Cool, that’s right up the street from me. I’ll have to check it out.

    Thanks for sharing! : )

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