Sam Moyer

United States 1983

Sam Moyer
Sam Moyer
United States
June 26, 2014
Jean is researcher and author for Widewalls.

Sam Moyer was born in 1983 in Chicago, IL. She Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.  Sam did her MFA in 2007 from Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT and completed her BFA in 2005 from Corcoran College of Art and Design, Washington D.C.

All of Sam Moyer’s multimedia projects have a common quality of borrowing images or materials from everyday life, and manipulating them or reproducing them into abstraction.

With a background in photography, Moyer makes works that are monochromatic, modular, and rooted in geometry, with a focus on texture, pattern, and tactility. For example, her “Worry Rug” series (2009) is made from cheaply purchased Ikea rugs that she then dyed and picked apart, while another series of drawings uses pocket-sized book covers as their basis.

Moyer has also become well known for using dyed and crumpled stretches of fabric that she mounts onto wood panels by ironing. These pieces frequently have subtle patterns created using bleach and ink.

Artworks of Sam Moyer are not photographs, or even reproductions of photographs. Nor are they printed, like the artist’s earlier experiments with Xerox facsimiles. To produce these new paintings, Moyer first dyes pieces of raw canvas in India ink, then allows the fabric to dry in wrinkles and folds. Once set, the artist stretches the canvas out, draws line and patterns (usually stripes) with bleach, and finally irons it onto the panel. This choice of material, combined with the process to which it is subjected, gives the finished paintings a soft focus and inviting tactility unachievable in photographs printed on paper.

Sam Moyer’s paintings’ potentially and even frightening enterable space can be related back to the infinite abysses of Abstract Expressionism. In this context, we might understand their deepness as more of a metaphysical depth than a physical one. Such an approach lets the artist’s process come to the fore, which, although not entirely innovative, helps give her work another form of depth, namely a conceptual one.

While certainly aesthetically impressive from the shore, it is only by diving into Moyer’s works that one can approach the profundity hidden below their surfaces.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group 
2014UntitledRachel Uffner, New York, NY USASolo
2014MAXIMALISMContemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2014T,o,u,c,h,i,n,gRobert Blumenthal Gallery, New York, NY USAGroup
2013UntitledGalerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, BelgiumSolo
2013Double Hamburger DeluxeMarlborough Gallery Chelsea, New York, NY USAGroup
2013Jürgen Drescher & Sam MoyerGalerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, BelgiumGroup
2013One From None, curated by Nils EmmerichsAutocenter Space For Contemporary Art, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2013LAT. 41° 7’ N., LONG. 72° 19’ W, organized by Bob NickasMartos Gallery, East Marion, NY USAGroup
2013EquilibriumRitter/Zamet, London, United KingdomGroup
2013Midori Mambo Black RussianHalsey McKay, East Hampton, NY USAGroup
2013Jew York, UNTITLED and Zach FeuerNew York, NY USAGroup
2013TactilityNils Staerk, Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
2013Painting in PlaceLos Angeles Nomadic Division, Farmers and Merchants Bank, Los Angeles, CA USAGroup
2013Contemporary Future, initiated by Bank DegroofCAB Art Center, Brussels, BelgiumGroup
2013The Magnificient obsessionMuseum of Modern and Contempory Art of Trentoand Rovereto, Rovereto, ItalyGroup
2012UntitledSociété, Berlin, GermanySolo
2012Slack TideRachel Uffner Gallery, New York, NY USASolo
2012Dark GarnaalGalerie Rodolphe Janssen, Summer Project, Villa Knokke, Knokke Heist, BelgiumGroup
2012Two person exhibitionGalleri Tom Christoffersen, Copenhagen, Denmark Group
2012Inter ruption, curated by Kim LightMichael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, CA USAGroup
2012Home Again, AgainThe Journal Gallery, Brooklyn, NY USAGroup
2012The Space in BetweenSteven Zevitas Gallery, Boston, MA USAGroup
2012Material Occupation, curated by Corinna Ripps SchamingUniversity of Albany Art Museum, Albany, NY USAGroup
2012Textility, co-curated by Mary Birmingham and Joanne Mattera,Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ USAGroup
2011Washed Up and Bleached OutGalerie Tom Christoffersen, CopenhagenGroup
2011New PerspectivesBrand New Gallery, Milan, ItalyGroup
2011The Idea of the Thing That it Isn'tHalsey McKay,East Hampton, NY USAGroup
2011BNA: From Brooklyn to NashvilleZieherSmith Pop-up Gallery, Nashville, TN USAGroup
2011Back RoomUntitled, New York, NY USAGroup
2011Painting ExpandedTanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, NY USAGroup
2011Exhibition of work from the Permanent CollectionMAGA Museum, Gallarate, ItalyGroup
2011I don't know if it makes any sense – I feel quite dizzy and a little drunk due to the blow, will return with more info shortly...IMO, CopenhagenGroup
2011Indeterminate ActivityNicelle Beauchene, New York, NY USAGroup
2011Domestic GoodsEric Firestone Gallery,East Hampton, NY USAGroup
2011Street TrashIntersection of Commercial St, Franklin Ave, and Dupont St, Brooklyn, NY USAGroup
2011One Dozen PaintingsThe Journal Gallery, Brooklyn, NY USAGroup
2010Ghost TideSociété, Berlin, GermanySolo
2010Shape ShiftersRachel Uffner Gallery, New York, NY USASolo
2010Total RecallPublic Art Fund, MetroTech Center, Brooklyn, NY USAGroup
2010SkinsOHWOW, Miami, FL USAGroup
2010Greater New YorkMoMA P.S. 1, Queens, NY USAGroup
2010Transfer FunctionZieherSmith Gallery, New York, NY USAGroup
2010/(Lean)Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York, NY USAGroup
2010Big AppleClifton/Benevento Gallery, New York, NY USAGroup
2009In the OffingSociété, Berlin, GermanySolo
2009GruppenausstellungAuto Center,Berlin, GermanyGroup
2009Between SpacesMoMA P.S. 1, Queens, NY USAGroup
2009Front Room GallerySt. Louis Museum of Contemporary Art, St. Louis, MO USAGroup
2009Brooklyn QueensThe Hjotnal Gallery, Brooklyn, NY USAGroup
2009Between the Lip and the CupV & A, New York, NY USAGroup
2009If the Dogs are BarkingArtists Space, New York, NY USAGroup
2009The Longest Train I Ever SawRachel Uffner Gallery, New York, NY USAGroup
2008Night MovesCleopatra's, Brooklyn, NY USASolo
2008This is Boston Not L.ALamontagne Gallery, Boston, MA USAGroup
2008Bring Me Back a T-ShirtV&A Gallery, New York, NY USAGroup
2008Glass HousesWerkstatte Gallery, New York, NY USAGroup
2008Milwaukee InternationalZieherSmith Gallery, Milwaukee, WI USAGroup
2008Dark FairPicture Box Inc., Swiss Institute, New York, NY USAGroup
20072007 Alumni Juried ExhibitionCorcoran Museum, Washington, D.C. USAGroup
2007Fractured in Aspect,Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, NY USAGroup
2007Coercive AtmosphericsDumbo Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY USAGroup
2007Sculpture ThesisYale Art Gallery, New Haven, CT USAGroup
2007Inside/OutsideG.A.S.P., Boston, MA USAGroup
2006Banal AestheticsGotov Gallery, CSU Long Beach, CA USAGroup
2006Under the FortRhyz Gallery, Boston, MA USAGroup
2006Notes From the Underground: What’s Up With YaleDrake Hotel, Toronto, ON USAGroup
2005Nocturnal EmissionsCurators office, Washington, DC USAGroup
2005Thesis ShowCorcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC USAGroup
2005Juried Undergraduate Sculpture ShowCubicle 10, Baltimore, MD USAGroup
2004Lovers and ThievesNYSP, New York, NY USAGroup