Elizabeth Mooney: What Comes Around
Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery
September 1 – October 15, 2021
Boston-based artist Elizabeth Mooney explores the urban landscape, particularly her immediate Dorchester neighborhood where she has maintained a studio for nearly a decade, through abstraction and kinetics. Mooney’s paintings and moving sculptures are, in her words, “extremely layered, busy, and bright.” She overlays bold color, dramatic lines, and imagery evocative of her urban surrounds — such as chain link fences, concrete structures, and hints of greenery — blurring distinctions between invention and reality. Mooney consciously and slyly references and intersects histories of landscape painting and abstraction in her compositions in order to simultaneously deconstruct conventional ideas of the landscape and assert the beauty and visual cacophony of urban spaces. Elizabeth Mooney: What Comes Around presents a selection of recent paintings and a new kinetic sculpture created during the last year, reflecting upon how much, and how little, her views of the urban environment have transformed.
Image: Grind, acrylic, wood, MDF, metal, wires, Arduino,
paper, mapping pins, fences, plastic; 4 spinning discs, each rotating at different
speeds, and in different directions. Motion sensor activated. Approx 60 x 60 x 18 inches
Above Image: Down the Pike, 2020, acrylic on wood, 36 x 36 inches