Gordon Moore (United States, born 1947),  Compartment , 2016, acrylic, oil, and pumice on canvas, 65 x 42 in., courtesy of Anita Rogers Gallery, New York City

Gordon Moore (United States, born 1947), Compartment, 2016, acrylic, oil, and pumice on canvas, 65 x 42 in., courtesy of Anita Rogers Gallery, New York City

Gordon Moore at Salina Art Center

Abstract Intention: Paintings and Works on Paper 2007-17

Salina, Kan. (Sept. 12, 2018) The exhibition Gordon Moore: Abstract Intention, Paintings and Works on Paper 2007-17 is on view at the Salina Art Center Sept. 19 - Dec. 16, 2018 in downtown Salina.

The opening reception is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 20 from 6-8 p.m. at the Art Center, 242 S. Santa Fe, with Gordon Moore giving remarks at 7 p.m. The opening reception is free, and everyone is welcome.

According to Moore, “The essential idea in my abstraction is to extract visual elements inherent in the ‘detritus’ of everyday life and reorder their original presence. The juxtaposition of order and chaos, of the organic and the geometric, of clarity and ambiguity, and of diffusion and resolution form the genesis of my work. Our organic lives are ‘ordered’ out of the architectural geometry which surrounds us. That paradox is rampant with potential for visual construct, the arrangement of which supplies the optic content of my work,”

Since his arrival in New York City in 1972, by way of New Haven, Connecticut, where he earned an MFA in painting at Yale University, Gordon Moore has been steadfast in his commitment to abstraction. For over four decades, Moore has devoted his studio practice to developing a deeply personal visual language with which to explore, reconcile, and transcend oppositional realities. Moore’s images reference commonplace shapes and forms encountered during daily life in the chaotic, urban environs of New York City. Venetian blinds, architectural elements, a handmade palm leaf fan, and plastic spikes used to deter pigeons from roosting are among the many objects in which he finds visual inspiration.

The work in this exhibition spans the years 2007 and 2017, a period during which the artist’s ongoing investigation into the material and visual potential of photographic paper has yielded significant and powerful results.

“Moore’s paintings and drawings brim with a seductive uncanniness; there is a compelling and enigmatic ambiguity at work in the interplay among line, plane, and space. One is never certain about what one is seeing. Free of irony and pregnant with metaphoric potential, Moore’s imagery works toward a reconciliation of extremes — visually, materially, and otherwise,” says Bill North, the Art Center’s executive director.

Twenty-five works are included in the exhibition. Moore will also present a free Lunch & Learn program on Wednesday, Sept. 19 from noon-1 p.m. Guests are welcome to bring a sack lunch and listen to Moore discuss his work.

Salina Art Center exhibitions and programming are funded by Art Center donors, patrons, members, sponsors, area foundations, and grant programs of Salina Arts & Humanities, City of Salina. Admission to the Art Center is free and galleries are are open Wednesday – Saturday from 11-5 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m.