November 13, 2014 - January 10, 2015
Daniel Faria Gallery is pleased to present Kristine Moran’s second solo exhibition with the gallery.
“Like previous bodies of work, Kristine Moran’s latest, Affairs and Ceremonies, at Daniel Faria Gallery in Toronto, alludes to magical happenings, corporeal transformations and spectral beings arrayed in various states. The guise of story telling is essential to Moran’s approach to painting. An elaborate narrative ruse launches each work but her irrepressible deployment of style puts the stuff of paint at the center of the story. When one attempts to elicit a complete tale from the paintings, the viewer is confronted with what Winston Churchill coined ‘a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.’
“Moran’s hand gives equal weight to the dramatic chiaroscuro and voluptuous forms of Baroque painting and to Abstract Expressionism’s immediacy of gesture and unabashed piling on of the paint. Borrowing Hilma Af Klint’s sense of visual organization and Jasper Johns’ penchant for repeating and reproducing imagery, Moran begins to give us some clues as to what she’s up to with her enigma machine: developing a highly personalized visual language for coding specific meaning.
“I have a theory that faith in artistic practice has replaced religious practice for many contemporary artists, becoming the singular receptacle of total commitment and belief, and a way to grapple with the big questions, as well as get through the little things of everyday. Artists congregate and enjoy fellowship at gallery openings and studio visits, share important texts to inspire and reinforce faith, and spend countless hours alone in their studios, struggling to find the form that carries meaning that language cannot approach. In new works such as Funeral Procession, Burden, and Mistaken Bride, Moran puts forth her own questions about the big and the little of life, death and the everyday. She engages a range of symbols that codifies the vast and unwieldy realms of emotion and obligation. Moran doesn’t necessarily give us the key, but makes a spectacular display of the process.”
– Anna Schachte
Kristine Moran lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She received her MFA from Hunter College in New York after attaining her BFA at the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto. Moran has exhibited in solo shows at Nicelle Beauchene (New York) and Daniel Faria Gallery (Toronto). Her work has been exhibited in numerous group shows, including Rogue Element at RH+ (Istanbul), Power of Selections at Western Exhibitions (Chicago) and The Big Gift: Calgary Celebrates Contemporary Art at Glenbow Museum (Calgary). Moran’s work was featured in Phaidon’s Vitamin P2, and her work has been acquired by several international public collections, including the Saatchi Collection (London, U.K.).
Anna Schachte is an artist and a founding member and curator of the artist-run exhibition space Regina Rex in New York, NY.