Maria Moyer

Maria Moyer
Thisness
March 21–April 21, 2018

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On March 21, Hawke’s Bay gallery Parlour Projects will present its first exhibition by an international artist, Maria Moyer. Titled Thisness, the exhibition will feature a selection of sculptures and paintings by the New York-based artist.

 

The works in Thisness comprise a variety of materials and treatments including sculptures in unglazed, coloured or oxide-treated porcelain, stoneware with terra sigilatta surfaces, as well as paintings. In appearance, Moyer’s works display the tension of opposites—forms found in industry and nature, themes of refinement and coarseness, and simultaneous fragility and strength—like the porcelain she uses in her work, which is in fact tougher than other clay bodies.

 

The use of clay as a sculptural material enables the artist to manipulate it as a personal act of expression and also as an exploration of process, colour, texture and form, as the clay manifests inherent mineral properties. At the same time, clay has memory and responds to and records human touch, providing unique material opportunities. Moyer states, “One reason I am not using glaze in this work is that I want the imperfections of my touch and random material events that occur in the kiln to be evident.” The uncertain and always varied results of kiln-fired clay alone carry the artist’s interest.

 

For her paintings, Moyer pours ‘viscous blends’ of gouache and other media on non-absorbent polypropylene paper, then manipulates the liquid over several days as it dries. The finished works are the result of the materials, atmospheric conditions and informed decisions by the artist.

 

While Moyer is deeply fascinated by the exquisite obscurities of nature, her work does not attempt to describe nature, rather it involves discovery in the explorative act of making: “The science-obsessed me focuses on the truth of things—the nature of nature. What makes a thing or an experience this and not that? As an artist I am not representing nature, I’m developing my own nature-inspired rules and allowing process and discovery to lead me. I make work that is less about describing life, rather, I want the work to have a life of its own.”

 

Please join us to celebrate the opening on Wednesday, March 21, from 5.30—7pm. The artist will be present. Thisness will continue through April 20.

 

For further information or images please contact Sophie Wallace by email (sophie@parlourprojects.com) or phone (021 450 279).

  • Untitled 4 (Things that wave)
    porcelain
    203 x 127 x 152mm
  • Untitled 2 (Things that wave)
    porcelain
    76 x 203mm
  • Untitled 1 (Things that wave)
    porcelain
    82.5 x 171mm
  • Untitled 3 (Things that wave)
    porcelain
    57 x 190mm
  • Untitled 3 (Paired)
    porcelain
    95 x 76 x 133mm
  • Untitled 2 (Paired)
    porcelain
    63.5 x 89 x 140mm
  • Untitled (Stacked)
    porcelain
    102 x 108 x 109mm
  • Untitled (Paired)
    porcelain
    133 x 133 x 152mm
  • A familiar brunt
    stoneware, terra terra sigillata and iron oxide
    63.5 x 330 x 343mm
  • Vacuole, nest or marrow
    stoneware, terra sigilatta with iron oxide
    152 x 152 x 203mm
  • Tardigrade
    stoneware, terra sigilatta with iron oxide
    178 x 102 x 76mm
  • With any luck (Paired)
    stoneware, terra sigilatta with iron oxide
    171 x 127 x 114mm
  • Poonam’s forever
    stoneware, terra sigilatta with iron oxide
    330 x 330 x 356mm
  • Of birds and boulders
    stoneware, terra sigilatta with iron oxide
    330 x 229 x 178mm
  • Ribless II
    stoneware with cobalt oxide
    330 x 229 x 178mm
  • Ribless
    stoneware, terra sigillata and cobalt oxide
    229 x 229 x 127mm
  • After Euglena
    stoneware, terra sigillata and iron oxide
    406 x 317.5 x 483mm
  • The Smell of light
    porcelain
    102 x 102 x 152mm
  • Shadows more solid than clouds
    ink, gouache on polypropylene
    660 x 508mm
  • Untitled 4 (evidence of water)
    gouache on polypropylene
    356 x 280mm
  • Untitled 5
    gouache on polypropylene
    356 x 280mm
  • Untitled 6
    gouache on polypropylene
    356 x 280mm
  • Untitled 1
    gouache on polypropylene
    305 x 229mm
  • Untitled 7
    gouache on polypropylene
    356 x 280mm
  • Untitled 9
    gouache on polypropylene
    660 x 508mm