Bryan Anthony Moore
OPENING Friday, May 14, 5-8PM
EXHIBITION May 14 - June 26, 2021
Bryan Anthony Moore researches various nationalistic chronicles of the United States. His work inspects the composition and utilization of history; confronting the authenticity of its re-presentation and bearing on the contemporary national mythos.
In Washington B.C., Moore capitalizes on our present-day detachment from pre-industrial American history; exemplifying the period’s subsequent susceptibility to sensationalization.
The exhibition’s content mimics that of museum displays. Series of watercolors depict the amalgamated worlds of mythological titans, dinosaurs, and America’s heroic giants. Clouds of the artist’s archive material frame the paintings as if firsthand artifacts of the portraits. Sculptural works, ceramic teapots and wooden dolls emulate staged `once functional´ heirlooms of times past. The renderings and objects are supplemented by narrations via audio guide. In this `museum´ exhibit, the artist also plays the naturalist, documentarian, and correspondent.
Moore’s reinvention of the past, however obscure it may seem, parallels how our history is told. Washington B.C. is a chimeric tale of historic eras turned fictional, constructed of inconsistent elements, and riddled in myth. Reality battles make-believe.