Charismatic Abstraction

Moira Dryer
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Casein on canvas, 1991

Charismatic Abstraction: John L. Moore, Moira Dryer, Chris Martin, Dona Nelson, Mike Cloud

“Moira Dryer opened up something new in abstract painting and helped relocate something that had always been there. That something that no one else talks about because we lack a credible vocabulary to define: the vernacular soul. Moira brought soulfulness to painting. The balancing act between invention and examination is what energized Moira’s paintings.”
-Ross Bleckner

From an exhibition catalog Moira Dryer: Paintings 1989-1992 published by the Art Gallery of York University, Toronto.

Charismatic Abstraction focuses on five artists whose work is energizing, unpredictable, sometimes over the top in emotion, freshness, and even the age-old questions about the role of abstract painting and specific subject matter. Dona Nelson may use a paintings surface to span other works, by rubbing one surface to another, tracing, pushing, and repainting from sources that seem only moments old. John Moore can turn abstract patterns and circular orbs into landscape and figure. Moira Dryer extends the development of painting into space, with cuts in the surface, the addition of objects, and grand scale. Chris Martin’s James Brown painting actually captures visually the sounds and movements of the Great One. Mike Cloud can turn the symbols of everyday objects, clothing, and personal photographs, into distressingly disturbing patterns of meaning.

Albertine Monroe Brown Gallery
October 30- November 25, 2008

Chris Martin

Thursday, October 30, 2008
RCVA #2008, 5:30 pm

Chris Martin. Tiger Preserve, 2006
Oil & Collage on canvas, 58″ x 38″
Credit: Courtesy Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles
Photograph: Anthony Cunha Photography

A former performance artist, Chris Martin recently had a solo show at Mitchell Innes & Nash in NY, and was included last year in The Painted World, at P.S. 1 in Long Island City, New York as well as a group show at Feature inc. NY. He is represented by Daniel Weinberg Gallery in Los Angeles, CA and Mitchell Innes & Nash, NYC.

In a recent NY Times review of Martin’s exhibition at Mitchell Innes & Nash, Roberta Smith writes that “… [Martin’s] style might be called ‘80s mongrel; a mélange of outtakes from Julian Schnabel, Keith Haring, Elizabeth Murray and Sigmar Polke.” But his surfaces are so lavishly perfect that he seems a master of controlled chaos.

Blade Runner


Plot Synopsis: In a cyberpunk vision of the future, man has developed the technology to create replicants, human clones used to serve in the colonies outside Earth but with fixed lifespans. In Los Angeles, 2019, Deckard is a Blade Runner, a cop who specialises in terminating replicants. Originally in retirement, he is forced to re-enter the force when five replicants escape from an offworld colony to Earth.

Blade Runner is an influential 1982 science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott from a screenplay written by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples, adapted from the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick. The film features Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos, Daryl Hannah and Joanna Cassidy.

The film depicts a dystopian Los Angeles in November 2019 in which genetically manufactured beings called replicants, physically identical to adult humans, are used for dangerous and degrading work in Earth’s “off-world colonies.” After replicants became illegal on Earth, specialist police units — blade runners — were trained to hunt down and “retire” (that is, kill) escaped replicants on Earth. The plot focuses on a brutal and cunning group of replicants hiding in Los Angeles and a semi-retired blade runner, Rick Deckard (Ford), who reluctantly agrees to take on one more assignment.

Children of Men (2006) is said to be the new “Blade Runner”
Plot Synopsis: In 2027, as humankind faces the likelihood of its own extinction, a disillusioned government agent agrees to help transport and protect a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea where her child’s birth may help scientists to save the future of mankind.