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b. 1983, USA

Sam Moyer Biography

Using a diverse selection of materials, from salvaged fabrics and canvas to marble slabs and metal, Brooklyn-based artist Sam Moyer creates wall-based works that straddle the boundary between painting and sculpture.

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Education

Sam Moyer holds a BFA from the Corcoran College of Art and Design, Washington, D.C. (2005) and an MFA from Yale School of Art (2007).

Artworks

Moyer's early works foreshadow her longstanding concern with materiality, labour, and the production of painting. In her first solo exhibition Night Moves, held at Brooklyn's Cleopatra's in 2008, the artist showed sculptural paintings made from stretcher bars wrapped in mover's blankets. Moyer had come to notice the physical quality of the furniture coverings while helping fellow artist Mika Tajima with her installations of paintings in wooden storage racks.

Experimentation with Materials

Over the years, Sam Moyer has departed from mover's blankets to incorporate slabs of stone and metal sheets into sculptural, wall-hung works that resemble paintings. In works such as Untitled (2012), she used ink and bleach on canvas to create various markings—wrinkled, straight, and rippling—shifting in colour from soft to dark grey. Pieces of marble are cut into irregular and geometric shapes in the large-scale MDF panel work Cherry blossoms fall on half eaten bun (2017), which also features a slanted corner, disrupting the conventional, rectangular shape of a painting.

Tone, Moyer's 2021 solo exhibition at Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, saw the artist introduce plaster-coated canvas to her more intimately sized paintings. Daisy Chain juxtaposes a vertical arrangement of marble pieces on canvas, which has been painted over with wide sweeps of white-grey in horizontal and vertical directions, while an abstracted Pea Pod rests on a background of blue (both 2021). The works in Tone were in part inspired by the seawall near Moyer's home in Long Island Sound, which she finds to be 'a beautiful time capsule of the specific place' as she told Document in 2021.

Public Work

Doors for Doris (2021), a sculpture commissioned by New York's Public Art Fund and named after its founder Doris C. Freedman, continues Moyer's exploration of form and materiality. For the tall monoliths reminiscent of her paintings, the artist sourced stone and marble from both New York and elsewhere, mirroring the city's vibrant and diverse culture.

Exhibitions

Selected solo exhibitions include Tone, Sean Kelly, New York (2021); Sam Moyer: Doors for Doris, Public Art Fund, Doris C. Freedman Plaza, New York (2020); Flowers, Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Los Angeles (2019); Sam Moyer: Many Moons, rodolphe janssen, Brussels (2018); and Brick Window, 56 Henry Gallery, New York (2017).

Selected group exhibitions include Shapes, Alexander Berggruen, New York (2021); Artist for New York, Hauser & Wirth, New York (2020); Hiato, SIM Galeria São Paulo (2019); Inherent Structure, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus (2018); Crooked Bazaar, PROYECTOS MONCLOVA, Mexico City (2017); ASSISTED, Kavi Gupta, Chicago (2015); and Thread Lines, The Drawing Center, New York (2014).

Ocula | 2021

Sam Moyer Featured Artworks

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Last Call by Sam Moyer contemporary artwork painting
Sam MoyerLast Call, 2021Stone, acrylic on plaster-coated canvas mounted to MDF
86.4 x 103.5 cm
Sean Kelly Contact Gallery
Good Hello by Sam Moyer contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Sam MoyerGood Hello, 2021Stone, acrylic on plaster-coated canvas mounted to MDF
81.3 x 61 x 2.5 cm
Sean Kelly Contact Gallery
Payne 112 by Sam Moyer contemporary artwork painting
Sam MoyerPayne 112, 2021Oil paint on Bristol
61 x 48.3 cm
Sean Kelly Contact Gallery
Doris, West Facing Corner by Sam Moyer contemporary artwork painting
Sam MoyerDoris, West Facing Corner, 2021Stone, acrylic on plaster-coated canvas mounted to MDF
185.4 x 124.5 x 2.5 cm
Sean Kelly Contact Gallery
3 Rays by Sam Moyer contemporary artwork sculpture
Sam Moyer3 Rays, 2020Slate, plaster and hand painted canvas mounted to MDF
1403 x 1047 x 25 cm
rodolphe janssen Contact Gallery
Untitled by Sam Moyer contemporary artwork mixed media
Sam MoyerUntitled, 2019Carrara marble, painted canvas mounted to MDF
99.1 x 83.8 x 2.5 cm
rodolphe janssen Contact Gallery
Blue Cosmo by Sam Moyer contemporary artwork mixed media
Sam MoyerBlue Cosmo, 2019Marble, painted canvas mounted to MDF panel
109.2 x 88.9 x 2.5 cm
rodolphe janssen Contact Gallery
Light Bite by Sam Moyer contemporary artwork mixed media
Sam MoyerLight Bite, 2018Marble, hand painted canvas mounted to MDF panel
104.5 x 100.3 x 1.9 cm
rodolphe janssen Contact Gallery

Sam Moyer Recent Exhibitions

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Sam Moyer Represented By

rodolphe janssen contemporary art gallery in Brussels, Belgium rodolphe janssen Brussels, Knokke
Sean Kelly contemporary art gallery in New York, USA Sean Kelly New York, Taipei
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