Chelsea has long been the up-and-coming neighbourhood for contemporary art galleries in New York City. With its vast arena of industrial warehouse spaces, the area has become a literal labyrinth of faddish converted galleries to be explored over several hours of exhibition hopping. This week I went to visit DC Moore Gallery, a second floor space hosting the pop-coloured paintings of Carrie Moyer.
Immediately upon entering the space it is easy to see why Time Out NY featured this show as a top one to see this month in the city. Moyer’s colourful pop tones soak themselves throughout the abstract works, imposing an addictive ambience in the room – a sort of nagging inclination to move rapidly from one to the other, to take every inch of the display in. Functioning much like candy confectionary (one sugary mouthful and you’re hooked), Moyer’s floral abstractions are daring and bold, something the New York art scene blossoms in.
From the outset Moyer’s influences of famed female artists such as Georgia O’Keeffe and Helen Frankenthaler – both American modernist painters focusing on abstraction – is unmistakable. Her magnified canvases of could-be flowers give way to creases and cavities rich in colour and deep in abstract fluidity. The artist’s subtle experimentation with glitter moves each artwork toward a fantastical utopia of imagined nature. It brings together contradictory images of wild landscapes and consumer culture – a Dylan’s Candy Baresque Garden of Eden, of sorts. This of course cements itself within Moyer’s practice as a reference to Pop Art and Culture.
She also pays homage to 1970s Feminist Art by mimicking O’Keeffe’s indirect abstractions of what could be the female sex organ. Moyer’s feminine inclined compositions suggest gradual change, development and eventual grandiose blossoming of women in art. Her subtle illusions towards the female figure mingled her adventurous use of colour serve as tools for erotic composition. Moyer’s exhibition Sirens, praises the suggestive feminine erotic by presenting dripping canvases of colour likened to that of bodily discharge or menstrual bleeding; the artist does not shy away from an embracing feminist intellect in her practice.
Carrie Moyer: Sirens is on display at DC Moore Gallery in Chelsea until 26 March. This exhibition is bursting with well-thought-out feminist discourse and sickly sweet kaleidoscopic formations, it is not one to be missed this season in New York. The gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 6pm and is located on 535 West 22nd Street, Chelsea, NY.