Jill Moser’s new paintings are simultaneously incandescent and freezing, like tropical
birds preening on an iceberg. The white ground sets the temperature but the gestural
membranes of silver paint establish the ultra-cool tone, a floating quality that posits a
hypnotic dislocation as an observed condition of modern life and a seed-bed for a
necessary rediscovery and restatement of the beautiful.
-Stephen Westfall, "Caught in the Act", essay in the publication
accompanying this show.
In 2010, Jill Moser and poet Charles Bernstein collaborated on The Introvert, a handpainted
artist’s book published in an edition of twelve, by Gervais Jassuad of Collectif
Génération, Paris. The project generated a further exploration of the dynamic at the
heart of her work, namely the interplay of structure and improvisation, and gave rise
to a greater repertoire of painterly marks and means.
The project had a substantial impact on the paintings that followed. Moser says of the
new work, “I have opened up the stage by creating more difficult, less fixed spaces
that let in more disruptive characters.” One of the books will be included in the
exhibition along with a new etching, Lipstick and Cigarettes, printed by Burnet
Equivalents, the largest painting in the show, is asymmetric with a strong diagonal
axis, while Rough Cut unfolds from paired and inverted vertical figures that anchor
the center of the painting. Tuning is lateral and suspended, weightless and relatively
still. While Turning lifts off and leaps, and is coupled in our publication with a poem
written by Charles Bernstein in response to the painting. His poem is appropriately
titled Wild Turning.
This is Moser’s third exhibition at Lennon, Weinberg. Her paintings, drawings and
prints are included in many museum collections including The Metropolitan Museum
of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, The National
Gallery of Art, Yale University Art Museum, Fogg Art Museum and The National
Library of France. She has taught at various universities including Princeton
University and Virginia Commonwealth University. Moser lives and works in New