TV MOORE APRIL FOOLS
March 21, 2017
The note TV Moore sends reads like a poem:
OLSEN GRUIN is pleased to present "April Fools" - new work by the New York-based, pioneering Australian artist TV Moore (Timothy Vernon Moore).
When a friend saw TV Moore's latest work for the first time, his response was simple: "A beautiful lie."
The lie is not so much a lie as a magic trick. Moore likes to push materials, rigging his objects with a sleight of hand that always reveals itself before the act is over.These miraculously created sculptures started with a trip back to the artist's mother's house. For a few weeks in Canberra, Australia's bush capital, Moore cut up and rearranged pieces of cardboard.
There is an aura to these works, a sense of the past leaving its imprint only to reveal its essence.
For Moore, the simplest forms hold the most water.
As in most of Moore's work, there is a technological paradox. This is the video artist whose work now engages more frequently with the outer definitions of painting. There is a sense of childhood in these sculptures that matches the finger-painting in his large-scale Cibachrome works. It is no accident they were made in the room where he grew up.
The hand is now part of a process that it would otherwise discard. The materials are at once permanent and fragile.
These works are slow burns that reveal their magic gradually -- not merely trompe-l'eoil recreations but reactivating the ordinary, bringing grander grandeur and life to everyday motifs.
While working on these sculptures, Moore thought back to tsukumogami, the Japanese myth of spirits inhabiting objects, sometimes deceiving people, sometimes said to have been foxes that lived for a hundred years. He thought about what it is that gets trapped in a black hole, about shadows and totems.
"The hands can lie," Moore says. "Because hands can do magic."
TV Moore received his MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 2006. His work has been shown in private and public institutions worldwide, and has been included in such International exhibitions as the Busan Biennale (South Korea), the Turin Triennale (Italy), as well as the 16th Biennale of Sydney. In 2015 Moore showed his Film Video Animation the Way Things Grow at Ugo Rondinone's curated window at 39 Great Jones in NY.
His most recent solo museum exhibition With Love and Squalor at the Australian Center for Contemporary Art (ACCA) was a stand out.
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