Alva Mooses

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Artist Statement

The weight of my work lies in the seeking and collecting of materials, which becomes a way of intervening in the environments that I find myself in. Traces and imprints of specific sites and architectural spaces direct the shapes and colors that appear. Displaced forms that converse with one another in diverse contexts—the walls, windows, and fences that demarcate the public from the private, this side or that of national boundaries—become fragile, vulnerable, vestiges on the sensory register. My process relies on both introspection and interaction with people. It requests permission to gain access to objects, materials, or spaces that resonate with a sense of place. I am drawn to sites of labor and construction where major development is underway. I contrast material circulation with various forms of human migration through the everyday and the provisional. By building empathy and visibility for the infra-ordinary (that which is so present that it disappears), I bring into focus less visible aspects of current topics and delineate that human migration is nothing new.

My work contains multiple scales: a stone that fits within your hand contains patterns of the landscape that it was born of. Crushing the stone into a fistful of pulverized matter thrown onto freshly printed ink reveals an image of the cosmos. Each contains the other—stone in landscape, landscape in cosmos. One-to-one fragments are gathered, layered, and reconfigured and at times displaced or held up as a veil through which the world is viewed differently. Notions of belonging and intimacy are brought into question.

Surfaces and textures play a significant role in echoing and absorbing information. Working with glass, I am able to print on both faces and make layers visible. Paint or ink can be scraped away as both drawing and windows to the other side while inviting light and reflection to be part of the experience. When working with paper, I find it equally structural and sculptural. It unfolds nuanced qualities and reveals possibilities of unforeseen results when cut, folded, marked, etc.. I acknowledge substrates as prominent and active components in my pieces.

My personal investigations are balanced and informed by social and collaborative projects. Inspired by dialogue that opens new perspectives, approaches, and skills, I am reminded of issues that are larger than myself—I embrace elements of chance.

 

CV

EDUCATION
2012-2014
MFA Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT
2000-2005
BFA The Cooper Union, New York, NY

SELECT EXHIBITIONS
2016
Portrait of a La ndscape, Shirley Fiterman Art Center, NYC
Artis t Co-op III, Jamaica Center for the Arts and Learning, NYC
New Grounds, International Institute for Contemporary Art and Theory, Mangalia, Romania
Cor nell Faculty, Johnson Museum of Art, Ithaca, NY
Grupo < > at Cornell University Experimental Gallery, Ithaca, NY
2015
Espejos/Mirrors, Cultura Ithaca, NY
2014
La st
Brucennial¨†837†Washington†Stƨ†NYC
MX/NY Front Art Space, NYC
Vulk ansk/Volcánico, Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, CT
Co ndensed Matter, Yale University Green Hall Gallery, New Haven, CT
Social Paper, Columbia College CBPA, Chicago, IL
2013
Yale MFA Show, Yale University Green Hall Gallery, New Haven, CT
2012
Local Metrics, Logan Center for the Arts, Chicago, IL
2011
ArtQuake, FiveMyles, Haiti Benefit, NYC
2009
The Casera Era, a collective installation at the 10th Havana Biennial, Havana, Cuba

GRANTS / AWARDS
2016
Danish Arts Travel Grant for Architectural Research with Troels Steenholdt Heiredal, Mexico
2015
Rema Hort Mann Foundation Artist Community Engagement Grant
2014
Year-long Directed Independent Language Study (Norwegian) at Yale University
2012
University of Chicago Arts Grant for curatorial project Proximal Distance
2005
Hans G. and Thordis W. Burkhardt Foundation Prize, The Cooper Union School of Art

RESIDENCIES/FELLOWSHIPS
2015
Artist -in- Residence Davidoff Arts Initiative in Altos de Chavón, DR
2013
Printmaking Residency at Grafisk Verksted in Stavanger, Norway
Robert Schoelkopf Traveling Fellowship: Iceland, the Faroe Islands and Norway
2012
Columbia College Book and Paper Summer Residency
2011
Artist -in- Residence The University of Chicago Arts & Public Life
2009
Invitation by Cuban Minister of Culture to 10th Havana Biennial

CURATORIAL/ COLLECTIVE PRACTICE
2016
Correspondence between NYC & P-au-P, art publicatio
Grupo < > exhibition and lecture at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
2015
Founding member of Grupo < >, NYC
2011
Founder of Storefront Studio hosting the art series Proximal Distance , Chicago, IL
2004 -2009
Co-organized community art projects and informal artist residencies in Mexico, El Salvador, Argentina, Dominican Republic, and Cuba

LECTURES/ DIALOGUES/ READINGS
2016
Correspondence betwee n NYC & P-au-P: Dialogue and Publication Launch, Cornell AAP in NYC (Nov. 4)
Atelier ‘89 Oranjestad, Aruba
Milstein Hall at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
2015
Arts Letters & Numbers, Averill Park, NY
Swiss Institute, NYC
La Escuela de Diseño in Altos de Chavón, Dominican Republic
2014
Rogaland Kunstsenter with Aurora De Armendi, Stavanger, Norway
Parsons The New School for Design Book Arts Dept. NYC
2013
Critical Practice at Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT
2012
Dialogue at Logan Center for the Arts with Sarah L. Lopez & Dan Borelli, Chicago, IL
Local Metrics at Logan Center for the Arts led by Theaster Gates & Hamza Walker, Chicago, IL

PROFESSIONAL AND ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE
2015 & 2016
Visiting Lecturer (Drawing & Printmaking) Cornell University AAP, NY
2015
Bookbinding, Arts Letters & Numbers, Averill Park, NY
2014
Printmaking Workshop, La Escuela de Diseño, Altos de Chavón, Dominican Republic
Etching Workshop, Grafisk Verksted Stavanger, Norway
2013
Printmaking Teaching Assistant, Yale University, New Haven, CT
2006 -2011
Bookbinding Instructor, The Cooper Union School of Art, NYC
2005-2011
Printmaking Technical Assistant, The Cooper Union School of Art, NYC