by Ben Moore
Kristen Wigley-Fleming Fine Arts Gallery, Center for the Arts
November 5, 2018 – January 24, 2019
Ben Moore is the department head and an associate professor of art in the Visual and Performing Arts Department. His areas of specialty are painting, drawing, foundations, and digital media.
Ben Moore earned his B.A. in art from Luther College, M.F.A. in painting from the University of Iowa, and studied printmaking and drawing at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in Venice, Italy. Previously, he was an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Iowa and adjunct faculty at Kirkwood Community College.
Moore’s recent shows throughout the United States include the MacRostie Art Center in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, the Kinsey Institute at the University of Indiana, (SCENE) Metrospace Gallery in East Lansing, Michigan, Gallery 455 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona, BaseSpace in Brooklyn, New York, and the Tug Boat Gallery in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Chasing the Sublime
Ben Moore is drawn to paintings that explore the sublime, those that depict a place or image so supernatural that we are transported away from this earth while our feet remain planted on the ground. He believes that such images are able to depict where the spiritual manifests itself in the physical world.
Moore spent the fall of 2017 in the rural countryside near Canterbury, United Kingdom where he began the work on this exhibition. The paintings reference imagery "about" place, not direct depictions of a place. Through the accretion of images (places) in a painting, the image becomes a collective of multiple places, in both the immaterial and temporal.
While abroad, Moore was led to the massive rolling coastal hills and cliffs of England where, to his surprise, the fantastical became quotidian experience. The ethereal ceased to hold weight. The powerful content that previously enraptured Moore became an assumption, and inflation of the supernatural. While not discounting the wonder of the landscape, the fantastical turned out to be ultimately normal, becoming sublimely picturesque. When the experience of the sublime is every day, it is dispelled in reality, but still remains a mystery within painting. Moore describes this as "the lie" in painting.
Ben Moore will deliver an artist talk in the Kristen Wigley-Fleming Gallery on Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 6:30 PM. There will also be a reception on Friday, November 9, 2018 from 4:00-6:00 PM outside the Wigley-Fleming Gallery.