Ali Smith and David Ryan

Mark Moore Gallery

June 26, 2008

Ali Smith
June 28 – August 16, 2008

Opening Reception:
Saturday, June 28th, 5-7pm

David Ryan
June 28 – August 16, 2008

Opening Reception:
Saturday, June 28th, 5-7pm

http://www.markmooregallery.com

Ali Smith
June 28 – August 16, 2008

Opening Reception: Saturday, June 28th, 5-7pm

Mark Moore Gallery is pleased to present new paintings from emerging talent Ali Smith. Through her use of intense color and her visceral application of paint, Smith creates abstract planes that exist in a constant state of flux and conflict. Raw areas of pure, primary color butt up against focused linear details, these shifting environments at once both unstable landscapes and architectural anomalies. The undulating surfaces created are simultaneously seductively enthralling and organically crude. By having no fixed resolution in mind, her paintings adopt the interpretative possibility of text; the surface of her canvases becoming both visual and temporal narratives through their spatial presence and her sedimentary application of paint. The evolutionary quality of her paintings allows an emotional intensity that roams the course from somber contemplation to joyful spontaneity.

[Ali Smith’s] canny knack for whimsy permits a delicate balance to exist between purely decorative gestures and those of grotesque vulgarity.
Leslie Markle

Ali Smith received her MFA from California State University, Long Beach, CA in 2003. In this past year alone she has had solo shows in Los Angeles, Boston and Houston as well as exhibiting her work in group shows in New York, Germany and Austria among others. She was recently included in Christopher Knight’s article “45 Painters Under 45” in the Los Angeles Times. This will be here second solo exhibition at the Mark Moore Gallery. Ali Smith lives and works in Long Beach, CA.

Project Room

David Ryan
June 28 – August 16, 2008

Opening Reception: Saturday, June 28th, 5-7pm

Mark Moore Gallery is pleased to present new work by acclaimed Las Vegas artist David Ryan in the Project Room. David Ryan creates his nebulous, stacked wall sculptures from the most mundane of materials, MDF, taking inspiration from functional design classics. The results are sleek and sassy combinations of shape and color. Yet Ryan’s slick design-conscious aesthetic can act as a frivolous distraction from the complexity of his work. The interlocking planes create an interplay of line, shape and shadow, generating perceptual conundrums that enthrall the viewer, forcing them to spatially interact with the pieces. Just as the physical planes of his work are shaped to reveal deeper layers, his pieces reveal obfuscated intricacies, distorting the boundaries between commonplace and ethereal, organic and machine, art and design.

The amorphous yet deliberate, sensuous shapes created by David Ryan are not quite paintings and not quite sculpture. They waver between the two states, and it’s this wavering that seduces the eye into a very lush abstraction.
Gregory Crosby

David Ryan received his BFA from the University of Texas in Austin, TX before making the move to earn his MFA from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV where he studied under Dave Hickey. His work has been exhibited widely across the United States and was last year included in Diaspora: The Emergence of Contemporary Art From The Neon Homeland, at the Las Vegas Art Museum in Las Vegas, NV, which is currently on display at Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA. This will be his forth solo exhibition at the Mark Moore Gallery. David Ryan lives and works in Las Vegas.

For more information regarding this artist or the opening event, please contact the gallery at 310.453.3031, [email protected] or http://www.markmooregallery.com

Mark Moore Gallery
Bergamot Station A1
2525 Michigan Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Phone: 310.453.3031
Fax: 310.453.3831
Hours: Tuesday – Friday 10 – 6 pm, Saturday 11- 5pm

http://www.markmooregallery.com