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John Moore - Counterpoint

  • Locks Gallery 600 South Washington Square Philadelphia, PA, 19106 United States (map)

Locks Gallery is pleased to present this new solo exhibition by the artist, which follows his significant museum survey at the Maine Center for Contemporary Art in Rockland. Moore’s illusory imagery was long centered around his studio in North Philadelphia, but in recent years the artist has relocated to Belfast, Maine—a city which, like Philadelphia, bears traces of its once-booming 19th and 20th century industry. The fact that many of Moore’s compositions are now syntheses of Philadelphia and Maine speaks to the post-industrial landscape as a ubiquitous American condition. His interest in the largely overlooked corners of industrial production place him in a conscious dialogue with 20th century precisionist painters such as Charles Demuth and Charles Sheeler, who not only depicted the rise of American industrialism in their crisp images of smokestacks, mills, and harbors, but also crucially expressed the period’s energy of feverish progress and the optimistic rise of modernity. Moore’s paintings provide a counterpoint to this once-great-energy with the austere beauty of their current state, empathetically imparting his own ruminations on the promise of American industry.