David Kaye Gallery » Marjorie Moeser

The View from Here: new painting
June 19 - July 6, 2014

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The landscape based paintings in this exhibit lean heavily on images that I see, along with feelings that I experience, in New Mexico. The terrain is part of the Chihuahuan desert…vast open spaces against mountainous backdrops. My paintings, although personal, speak of the universal harmony between humans and nature. They are deliberate statements honouring the beauty that surrounds us.

My colours remain highly influenced by the light in New Mexico. Days in New Mexico are crystal clear. I can look out across miles of open fields toward the mountains. Vast open spaces are everywhere. Sunrise is often soft. Colours are often muted. Sunsets are warm and intense, filled with chiaroscuro (light-dark contrasts). To express this dramatic contrast, I often scratch or carve through built-up painted layers, conveying not only the rhythms of the land surface; but also the exaggerated sense of 3-d, as in a bas-relief.

As a colourist, I keep expanding my palette. Mine is often a full spectrum palette. Shadows shout out in deep purples, alizarin crimson, shimmering blues and subtle complementary mixes. It is easy for the viewer to become lost in this riot of colour. Or, one can find himself or herself in the peacefulness of a sanctuary, enjoying the patterns in a softer pastel-like palette. Skies remain expansive, often swirled through by clouds. Lenticular bands of clouds are quite common; and only in seeing them as they stretch and elongate themselves with subtle shadows at their bases can one truly know that they are not imaginary. Mango orange, a colour lush and juicy as the name suggests, finds its way into the mellowness of a late evening sky. Morning skies are like soft raspberry or peach sorbet.

My landscapes are not intended to be specific places. Elements in Nature are treated semi abstractly to suggest different locales…valleys, fields, expansive desert. An element of fantasy comes through sometimes in a seemingly imaginary colour scheme and in the sense of pattern that I often see in Nature. All these elements are intentional and meant to transport the viewer to a place of imagining that only he or she knows.

GALLERY

Marjorie Moeser, White Cliff, acrylic on canvas, image 8 X 10 in., framedMarjorie Moeser, Near the Village, acrylic on canvas, image 8 X 10 in., framedMarjorie Moeser, The View from Here, acrylic on canvas, image 20 X 16 in., framed, SOLD.Marjorie Moeser, Mirage, acrylic on canvas, 24 X 30 in.Marjorie Moeser, Autumn Reverie, acrylic on canvas, 20 X 20 in., SOLD.Marjorie Moeser, Oasis, acrylic on canvas, 16 X 20 in.Marjorie Moeser, Once Upon a Dream, acrylic on canvas, 16 X 20 in.Marjorie Moeser, Pueblo, acrylic on canvas, 16 X 32 in., diptychMarjorie Moeser, Edge of the Acequia, acrylic on canvas, image 16 X 20 in., framedMarjorie Moeser, Grasslands, acrylic on canvas, 30 X 24 in.Marjorie Moeser, Lenticular Moment, acrylic on canvas, 30 X 30 in., SOLD.Marjorie Moeser, Tapestry, acrylic on canvas, 12 X 12 in., SOLD.Marjorie Moeser, Billowing Clouds, acrylic on canvas, 16 X 16 in.Marjorie Moeser, Tres Hermanas, acrylic on canvas, 12 X 12 in.Marjorie Moeser, Canyon, acrylic on canvas, 12 X 12 in.Marjorie Moeser, The Edge of Somewhere, acrylic on canvas, 12 X 12 in.Marjorie Moeser, Secret Pond, acrylic on canvas, 12 X 12 in.Marjorie Moeser, When the Poppies Bloom, acrylic on canvas, 16 X 20 in., SOLD.Marjorie Moeser, Somewhere Out There, acrylic canvas, 21 1/2 X 28 in.Marjorie Moeser, A Place Where Souls are Born, acrylic on canvas, 33 X 45 in.Marjorie Moeser, Vista Lejana, 2014, acrylic on canvas, 24 X 40 in.Marjorie Moeser, Ode to Autumn, acrylic on canvas, 48 X 24 in.Marjorie Moeser, The View from Here, Exhibition installation view.Marjorie Moeser, The View from Here, Exhibition installation view.Marjorie Moeser, The View from Here, Exhibition installation view.Marjorie Moeser, The View from Here, Exhibition installation view.Marjorie Moeser, The View from Here, Exhibition installation view.Marjorie Moeser, The View from Here, Exhibition installation view.Marjorie Moeser, The View from Here, Exhibition installation view.Marjorie Moeser, The View from Here, Exhibition installation view.Marjorie Moeser, The View from Here, Exhibition installation view.Marjorie Moeser, The View from Here, Exhibition installation view.Marjorie Moeser, The View from Here, Exhibition installation view.Marjorie Moeser, The View from Here, Exhibition installation view.Marjorie Moeser, The View from Here, Exhibition installation view.Marjorie Moeser, The View from Here, Exhibition installation view.Marjorie Moeser, The View from Here, Exhibition installation view.

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The Edge of Somewhere: new paintings
October 13 - November 13, 2011

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The Edge of Somewhere

The very warm and colourful fall of last November in New Mexico lured me outdoors. I returned to plein air painting and found that later in the studio, the outdoor images stayed with me. These landscape paintings lean heavily on images that I walk by daily, that I see through my kitchen window or that I drive by in the process of a day. My morning walks take me through pecan groves, along levies that parallel acequias (water ditches), or along dry riverbeds. Most days are crystal clear. I look out across vast open fields toward the mountains, on one side and toward pecan groves on another. Sunrises and sunsets are warm and intense. To express the intensity of light-dark contrasts I sometimes scratch or carve through built-up painted layers to convey not only the rhythms of the land surface; but also the exaggerated sense of 3D, as in a bas relief.

As a colourist, my palette keeps expanding. Mine is often a full spectrum palette. Shadows shout out in deep purples, alizarin crimson, shimmering blues and subtle complementary mixes. Skies remain expansive, often swirled through by clouds. Lenticular bands of clouds are quite common; and only in seeing them as they stretch and elongate themselves with subtle shadows at their bases can one truly know that they are not imaginary. Moonlight found its way into my painting. Out in the country at night, the sky is quite wondrous. When the full moon hits the open fields, the fields come alive, rippling with reflected colour, like moving water. The glow emanating from the moonlight is magical. I allowed myself to use colour schemes of non-ordinary colours to create the world of fantasy… a Shangri La. Mango orange, a colour lush and juicy as the name suggests, finds its way into this mellowness in the sky that a combination of dawns, sunsets and moonrises seemed to evoke.

My landscapes are not intended to be specific places. Elements in Nature are treated semi-abstractly to suggest different type locales… valleys, fields, wherever… The element of fantasy that comes through in a seemingly imaginary colour scheme is intentional and meant to transport the viewer to the Edge of Somewhere.

GALLERY

Marjorie Moeser, Sundown l, (San Miguel), 2011, acrylic on canvas, image 28 X 20 in., framed 29 1/4 X 21 1/4 in., SOLD.Marjorie Moeser, Mango Skies, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 16 X 16 in.Marjorie Moeser, By River's Edge, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 16 X 16 in., SOLD.Marjorie Moeser, A Sense of Place (diptych), 2011, acrylic on canvas, 14 X 28 in., SOLD.Marjorie Moeser, Fronteras, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 24 X 32 in.Marjorie Moeser, Early Indian Summer Morning, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 45 X 31 in.Marjorie Moeser, Lenticular Moment ll, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 30 X 21 in.Marjorie Moeser, Canyonland, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 27 1/2 X 20 in.Marjorie Moeser, O'er the Fields, 2011, mixed media on canvas, 24 X 16 in.Marjorie Moeser, In the Valley, 2011, mixed media on paper, image 12 X 9 in., framed 20 X 16 in.Marjorie Moeser, The Sounds of Colour, 2011, acrylic on paper, 9 X 13 in., framed 17 3/4 X 21 1/8 in., SOLD.Marjorie Moeser, Acequia, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 14 X 14 in., SOLD.Marjorie Moeser, Distant Rain, 2011, acrylic on canvas, image 8 X 8 in., framed 9 1/8 X 9 1/8 in., SOLD.Marjorie Moeser, Vista, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 24 X 48 in.Marjorie Moeser, Shangri La, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 32 X 24 in.Marjorie Moeser, Gold of the Groves (diptych), 2011, acrylic on canvas, 18 1/4 X 40 in., SOLD.Marjorie Moeser, Moon Glow, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 21 5/8 X 34 in.Marjorie Moeser, The Edge of Somewhere: new paintings. Exhibition installation view.Marjorie Moeser, The Edge of Somewhere: new paintings. Exhibition installation view.Marjorie Moeser, The Edge of Somewhere: new paintings. Exhibition installation view.Marjorie Moeser, The Edge of Somewhere: new paintings. Exhibition installation view.Marjorie Moeser, The Edge of Somewhere: new paintings. Exhibition installation view.Marjorie Moeser, The Edge of Somewhere: new paintings. Exhibition installation view.Marjorie Moeser, The Edge of Somewhere: new paintings. Exhibition installation view.Marjorie Moeser, The Edge of Somewhere: new paintings. Exhibition installation view.Marjorie Moeser, The Edge of Somewhere: new paintings. Exhibition installation view.Marjorie Moeser, The Edge of Somewhere: new paintings. Exhibition installation view.

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Paper Pleasures: new collages
May 6 - 30, 2010

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About Paper Pleasures: new collages

Last spring I was invited to participate in a Virtual exhibit organized by Galerie Imbert in Aix en Provence, France. The format stipulated was 10 X 10 inches, quite a drastic size change to what I have been working with lately in my canvases. I decided to work with paper, in particular Japanese papers, because of the wide array of colors, textures, patterns and transparency available. I fell in love with this small format, since each composition in its brilliancy sparkled like a jewel. I was able to transfer my approach to abstract painting directly to my approach with collage. My penchant for layering paint on top of paint, overlaying glazes to achieve transparency was easily transferable to my approach to composing with papers. Each composition developed intuitively as I shifted paper shapes, either torn or cut, overlapping shapes either to achieve a montage effect of revealing colors underneath and creating new shifting images. I found that I could use parts of photographs and play with these sections overlaid again with transparent papers to create photo-montages. I could use paint, fabric and other found materials to create textured surfaces, adding yet another visual element to the collage.
Abstraction has allowed me a fresh look at an age-old art form (collage). Exquisite Japanese papers have added a richness of color, which along with textured nuances give depth to each piece. Each collage offers an imaginative approach to image making and, as in the words of the French Impressionist, Degas: “Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.”

Marjorie Moeser, 2010

GALLERY

Marjorie Moeser, Sundown, 2009, mixed media collage, 7 3/4 X 7 5/8 in., SOLD.Marjorie Moeser, Kimono, 2009, mixed media collage, 7 3/4 X 7 3/4 in.Marjorie Moeser, Rain Forest, 2009, mixed media collage, 10 X 7 1/2 in., SOLD.Marjorie Moeser, Sayonara, 2009, mixed media collage, 7 3/4 X 7 3/4 in., SOLD.Marjorie Moeser, Green Tea, 2009, mixed media collage, 8 X 8 in.Marjorie Moeser, Dreaming of de Kooning, 2009, mixed media collage, 7 1/2 X 7 1/2 in., SOLD.Marjorie Moeser, Postcard from Provence, 2009, mixed media collage, 7 3/4 X 7 3/4 in.Marjorie Moeser, Ephemera, 2009, mixed media collage, 8 X 9 in.Marjorie Moeser, Sonata, 2009, mixed media collage, 8 X 8 in.Marjorie Moeser, Magenta Musing, 2009, mixed media collage, 10 X 7 1/2 in.Marjorie Moeser, Syncopation, 2009, mixed media collage, 7 3/4 X 7 3/4 in.Marjorie Moeser, Fire on Ice, 2009, mixed media collage, 7 3/4 X 7 3/4 in.Marjorie Moeser, Tango, 2009, mixed media collage, 7 3/4 X 7 3/4 in., SOLD.Marjorie Moeser, August, 2009, mixed media collage, 7 3/4 X 7 3/4 in.Marjorie Moeser, Tying the Obie, 2009, mixed media collage, 8 X 8 in.Marjorie Moeser, The Dream, 2009, mixed media collage, 7 1/2 X 7 1/2 in.Marjorie Moeser, Etude, 2009, mixed media collage, 7 3/4 X 7 3/4 in., SOLD.Marjorie Moeser, Tea House on the August Moon, 2009, mixed media collage, 9 X 9 in.Marjorie Moeser, The Source, 2009, mixed media collage, 8 X 8 in.Marjorie Moeser, Circling the Edge, 2009, mixed media collage, 9 X 9 in.Marjorie Moeser, Montmarte, 2009, mixed media collage, 7 1/2 X 7 1/2 in.Marjorie Moeser, French Riviera, 2009, mixed media collage, 7 3/4 X 7 3/4 in.Marjorie Moeser, La Vie en Surprise, 2009, mixed media collage, 8 1/4 X 7 1/2 in.Marjorie Moeser, A Rose is a Rose…, 2009, mixed media collage, 7 3/4 X 7 3/4 in.Marjorie Moeser, Farm Reverie, 2009, mixed media collage, 6 1/2 X 6 in., SOLD.Marjorie Moeser, Mi Casa es Su Casa, 2009, mixed media collage, 6 1/2 X 5 1/2 in.Marjorie Moeser, Scherezade, 2009, mixed media collage, 6 1/2 X 6 in.Marjorie Moeser, Golden Gate, 2010, mixed media collage, 6 X 4 in.Marjorie Moeser, Autumn Forest, 2010, mixed media collage, 4 X 6 in., SOLD.Marjorie Moeser, Moon Gate, 2010, mixed media collage, 6 X 4 in., SOLD.Marjorie Moeser, Saturnalia, 2010, mixed media collage, 4 X 6 in.Marjorie Moeser, Bemused, 2010, mixed media collage, 4 X 6 in.Marjorie Moeser, Desert Sands, 2010, mixed media collage, 4 X 6 in.Marjorie Moeser, Southwest Moonlight, 2010, mixed media collage, 4 X 6 in.Marjorie Moeser, New Mexico, 2010, mixed media collage, 4 X 6 in.Marjorie Moeser, Harlequin, 2010, mixed media collage, 4 X 6 in., SOLD.Marjorie Moeser, Surplus, 2010, mixed media collage, 4 X 6 in., SOLD.Marjorie Moeser, The Picnic, 2010, mixed media collage, 4 X 6 in.Marjorie Moeser, A Moment in Time, 2010, mixed media collage, 4 X 6 in.Marjorie Moeser, Paper Pleasures: new collages, Exhibition installation view.Marjorie Moeser, Paper Pleasures: new collages, Exhibition installation view.Marjorie Moeser, Paper Pleasures: new collages, Exhibition installation view.Marjorie Moeser, Paper Pleasures: new collages, Exhibition installation view.Marjorie Moeser, Paper Pleasures: new collages, Exhibition installation view.Marjorie Moeser, Paper Pleasures: new collages, Exhibition installation view.Marjorie Moeser, Paper Pleasures: new collages, Exhibition installation view.Marjorie Moeser, Paper Pleasures: new collages, Exhibition installation view.Marjorie Moeser, Paper Pleasures: new collages, Exhibition installation view.Marjorie Moeser, Paper Pleasures: new collages, Exhibition installation view.Marjorie Moeser, Paper Pleasures: new collages, Exhibition installation view.Marjorie Moeser, Paper Pleasures: new collages, Exhibition installation view.Marjorie Moeser, Paper Pleasures: new collages, Exhibition installation view.Marjorie Moeser, Paper Pleasures: new collages, Exhibition installation view.Marjorie Moeser, Paper Pleasures: new collages, Exhibition installation view.

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The Canyon Suite: works on paper
March 19 - April 19, 2009

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The inspiration for this series began with a boat cruise along the Colorado River through the canyons in Arizona. The rocky walls soared some 600 feet or more from the base of the canyon. The coloration varied from a pale peachy red to deep ochre’s and deep purple hues where crevices delineated the curvature of the rock layers. These bulky layers curved sinuously in and out, with the outer surfaces yielding to the bright sunlight, almost glistening in its brilliance. The intensity of the light on the outer surfaces seemed to maximize the shadows as the planes undulated in and out. Suddenly, the rocky escarpments appeared anatomically like giant human torsos. The bulging convex shapes seemed sensuous and fleshy despite their hard granular make-up. In places, the passage of time and exposure to the elements changed the surface texture and coloration, oxidizing, leaving black linear patterns of basalt. The result of all this expressed itself on my “canvas” (paper) as a rich medley of fully rounded, sensuous shapes, bold rhythms and colouful harmonies. My technique of adding and subtracting colour layers, scraping away pigment only to leave faint traces of the underpainting, fed into this creation of a multiplicity of patina - like surfaces dancing with one another as they surged upward, creating (these) vast canyons.

GALLERY

Marjorie Moeser, Canyon Wall I, undated, acrylic, 12 X 9 in., unframedMarjorie Moeser, Canyon Wall II, undated, acrylic, 12 X 9 in., unframedMarjorie Moeser, Lifeline, undated, acrylic on paper, 6 X 4 in., framedMarjorie Moeser, Zenith, 1997/98, oil stick & oil pastel on paper, 44 X 30 in., unframedMarjorie Moeser, Canyon Wall V, undated, oil stick on paper, 44 X 30 in., unframedMarjorie Moeser, Canyon Wall III, 1997/98, oil stick on paper, 44 X 30 in., unframedMarjorie Moeser, Canyon Wall IV, 1997/98, oil stick on paper, 44 X 30 in., unframedMarjorie Moeser, Primal Rhythms, 1998, oil stick on paper, 44 X 30 in., unframedMarjorie Moeser, The Canyon Suite, Exhibition installation view.Marjorie Moeser, The Canyon Suite, Exhibition installation view.Marjorie Moeser, The Canyon Suite, Exhibition installation view.Marjorie Moeser, The Canyon Suite, Exhibition installation view.Marjorie Moeser, The Canyon Suite, Exhibition installation view.Marjorie Moeser, The Canyon Suite, Exhibition installation view.Marjorie Moeser, The Canyon Suite, Exhibition installation view.

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Wrestling with Rectangles: recent painting
April 17 - May 11, 2008

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Artist Statement

My current work is a continuation of my artistic concerns including recently developed techniques that allow me to enrich the painted surface with heavy textures overlaid with vibrant colours. The rectangle is still at the heart of my compositions, but now these are freer forms intuitively developed as the painting evolves. Strict right angles are no longer requisite.

My paintings are about time and constant change. I am interested in erosion and continuity, especially as I see this in the environment, the architecture and the people around me. I see the beauty in Nature as an enduring force despite time and change. This beauty is expressed through my colour harmonies. Erosion is portrayed through roughened surfaces rubbed with colour, patina-like, which tends to expose, as it were, the underlying surfaces. The more I look at and study landscape, architecture and people, the more I learn about this erosion. My recent sojourns in the Chihuahuan desert area has served to convince me even more of the multiplicity of Nature’s faces and her capacity for beauty.

As a painter, I have always been concerned with the picture plane as window; and the real versus illusion. This window concept enables me to play with colour and form, texture and light in such a way as to create illusionary depth within the picture plane. For a number of years now, I have been investigating processes with mixed media, using an additive and subtractive method, building up and scraping away of surfaces, along with layering and veiling of colour. Transparency and layering work together not only to heighten this piercing of the picture plane; but also to create along with my use of built-up textures and shifting forms a sense of movement between what is real and what is not. I have extended this concept by sometimes using collage or what I call trompe-collage as part if my repertoire. This approach fulfills my aim to portray time and change… reality versus illusion.

Marjorie Moeser, October 2007

GALLERY

Marjorie Moeser, Gaiete de Coeur (Happiness of the Heart), 2007/08, acrylic & mixed media on canvas, 36 X 32.25 in.Marjorie Moeser, A Place in the Sun, 2007/08, acrylic on canvas, 36 X 30 in.Marjorie Moeser, Dream of a Dream, 2007/08, acrylic on canvas, 30 X 24 in.Marjorie Moeser, Lunar Conversation, 2007/08, acrylic on canvas, 30 X 24 in.Marjorie Moeser, A Magical Place, 2007/08, acrylic & mixed media on canvas, 20 X 24 in.Marjorie Moeser, Shards, 2007/08, acrylic on canvas, 28 X 36 in.Marjorie Moeser, Luxor Phosphorescence, 2007/08, acrylic on canvas, 34 X 28 1/8 in.Marjorie Moeser, Fireworks, 2007/08, acrylic & mixed media on canvas, 30 X 28 in.Marjorie Moeser, Quivering Aspen, 2007/08, acrylic on canvas, 26.38 X 36.25 in.Marjorie Moeser, Reflections: Journey in Time, 2007/08, acrylic on canvas, 30 X 20 3/16 in.Marjorie Moeser, Magic Carpet, 2007/08, acrylic on canvas, 32 X 20 in.Marjorie Moeser, Bleu, Comme Le Ciel, 2007/08, acrylic on canvas, 28 X 33 in.Marjorie Moeser, Breaking Out, 2007/08, acrylic on canvas, 46 X 40 in.Marjorie Moeser, Cosmic Vision, 2007/08, acrylic on canvas, 31 X 36 in.Marjorie Moeser, In High Spirits, 2007/08, acrylic on canvas, 26 X 37 in.Marjorie Moeser, Involuntary Memory, acrylic collage on canvas, 18 X 25 in.Marjorie Moeser, Passing Intervals, 2007/08, acrylic on canvas, 32 X 36 in.Marjorie Moeser, Reminiscence, 2007/08, acrylic on canvas, 37 X 28 in.Marjorie Moeser, Sonata, 2007/08, acrylic on canvas, 28 X 36 in.Marjorie Moeser, Stardust, 2007/08, acrylic on canvas, 34 X 28 in.Marjorie Moeser, The Wonder of Optics, 2007/08, acrylic on canvas, 30 X 24 in.Marjorie Moeser, Time Regained, 2007/08, acrylic on canvas, 28 X 36 in.Marjorie Moeser, Red Treasure Box, 2007/08, acrylic on canvas, 28.5 X 33.5 in.Marjorie Moeser, Wrestling Rectangles, 2007/08, acrylic on canvas, 30 X 30 in.Marjorie Moeser, Exhibition installation view.Marjorie Moeser, Exhibition installation view.Marjorie Moeser, Exhibition installation view.Marjorie Moeser, Exhibition installation view.Marjorie Moeser, Exhibition installation view.Marjorie Moeser, Exhibition installation view.Marjorie Moeser, Exhibition installation view.Marjorie Moeser, Exhibition installation view.Marjorie Moeser, Exhibition installation view.Marjorie Moeser, Exhibition installation view.