What Happens Today Will Last Forever
Media Contact: Tracy Causey-Jeffery
NY, NY April 2015, What happens today will last forever is artist Norman Mooney’s title choice for an exhibition of new works taking place at Causey Contemporary from June 11 - July 12, 2015. The exhibition will consist of a six foot diameter Wind Seed sculpture along with Norman’s newest abstract sculptures in burnt Polystyrene foam, his recent photographic series, Hawk Pond and his line drawings on panel.
Since the beginning of his artistic life, Norman Mooney has concerned himself with an examination of the inherent beauty that runs through all natural structures both on a microscopic and macroscopic level. How our, as humans, understanding of energy or life force is related to our inertial frame of reference, orientation and sense of scale. How we intuit, what is beyond our capacity to see, how we understand space and time.
Norman’s work is based on his understanding of space as temporal, he often sees it as not only existing in relation to time but as being in time. His creations beg us, the viewer, to move around them or pass by them to catch the movement suggested in the pauses between the drawings’ lines, the sculptural elements or within the voids of his photographs. The works invite us to contemplate not only themselves but our relationships to the work within space and time.
Norman’s newest sculptural series, What happens today will last forever, takes the contemplation a step further urging us to consider his choice of material, polystyrene foam, which is non- biodegradable and so while he can burn it, it is not destroyed only altered and will exist literally forever either in it’s solid form or in the toxic emissions left behind in the atmosphere from the burning process. With this contemplation, perhaps we will go a step further and consider what we are doing to our planet and in turn, what we are leaving as a legacy for future generations. Alternatively, we may, on a less sobering but not less important note, consider the legacy that any artist leaves behind with their day to day creations. In both instances, what happens today does indeed last forever.
Norman Mooney was born in Dublin Ireland in 1971. He studied at the Crawford College of Art and Design in Cork and completed his BFA at the National College of Art in Dublin in 1992. He then received the distinguished honor of participating in the Third Degree program at the Irish Museum of modern Art from 1992 to 1993. In 1994 he relocated to New York City and has been exhibiting locally and internationally for more than 16 years. Recent exhibitions include, “1, 2, 3 Volume” at the Siqueiros Museum in Mexico City, Beyond Borders in Abu Dhabi, InSight at Marso Gallery in Mexico City, Close your Eyes at Martine Chaisson in New Orleans and “Wall Flowers” and “Close Your Eyes” at Causey Contemporary in New York.
Norman Mooney’s works can can be found in the collections of The Speed Art Museum in Louisville, KY, The Siquernos Polyform Museum in Mexico City, The Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC; The Clarridge Collection, Quebec Canada; The Geoff Isles Collection, New York,NY; Double Seven, New York, NY; and Argent Ventures Collection, New York, NY. Additionally, his work has been reviewed in TimeOut Mexico, Fahrenheit Magazine, New York Spaces Magazine, Artdaily, the NY Art Beat and the New York Times among other publications.
What Happens Today Will Last Forever, is Norman’s fourth solo exhibition with Causey Contemporary but the first in the gallery’s new location at 29 Orchard St. in Manhattan. The exhibition will open on June 11, 2015 with an artist’s reception from 6 - 8 pm and will then continue through July 12, 2015. Gallery hours are Wednesdays through Saturdays 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Sundays 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. or by appointment. For more information, please contact the gallery at [email protected] or via telephone at 212-966-2520.