Norman Mooney’s newest exhibition opened last night at Causey Contemporary’s gallery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, N.Y. The show was amazing, not only because I’m related to Mooney’s fabricator and and goto guy at Workspace 11, Gardner Allen, but because the work itself was amazing. The scale of the sculptures and the complexity of the construction left you in amazement.
What: Norman Mooney Wall Flowers
When: March 18, 2010 – April 13, 2010
Where: Causey Contemporary, 92 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211
From the press release:
Wall Flowers marks Norman Mooney’s first adventures in color sculpture having previously worked only in grays, blacks and whites. Wallflower no. 1 measuring six feet in diameter is an explosion of pollen yellows. The piece consists of over 500 aluminum castings all projecting outward four feet off the wall. Another larger wall flower in crimson resin having a diameter of 6-7 feet will also be a part of the exhibition.
In addition to the Wall Flowers, Mooney’s exhibition will include the three final Wind Seeds from a group of six he has executed.
In both styles of sculpture, Mooney is inspired by his larger experience of the natural world and his attempt to understand the joy, wonder and beauty one experiences when feeling the first rays of the sun on your face in the morning, the explosion of color bursting from a flower or the etherealness of seeds floating on the wind. Formally, Mooney hopes to challenge the viewer to evaluate their place in the natural world and to engage them in a larger intuited reality.
About the aritist:
Norman Mooney was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1971. He studied at Crawford College of Art and Design in Cork and completed his BFA at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin in 1992. He then had the distinguished honor of participating in the Third Degree Program at the Irish Museum of Modern Art from 1992 to 1993. In 1994 he relocated to New York City and has been exhibiting locally and internationally for more than 15 years. Recently his work has conjured the image of the actual and representational star shape, which conceptually deals with perceptions of contraction and expansion, the end of what previously was and the birth of something new, transformation on a global scale, and an origin of connectedness. Recent exhibitions include “Absence and Presence” at Causey Contemporary Gallery in New York, “Falling Short of Knowing” show at Milk Gallery in New York, and a sculpture exhibit at Collector’s Contemporary in Singapore.