Have a Nice Day (detail), 2012
mixed media on canvas
Mon. - Fri. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
or by appointment
Curator: Michele L'Heureux
Karen Moss: Off-Kilter
January 22 - March 22, 2013
Karen Moss looks to the roots of our society’s problems using pop culture imagery, imaginative drawing, and text, among other tools, which she employs with great dexterity and humor. Her mixed-media paintings and drawings address women’s roles in society, body image, and eating disorders, depicting Barbie-like figures along with animals in high-fashion clothing pushing baby strollers carrying hybrid offspring through decimated landscapes. Nothing seems as it should; everything is on its head. Moss is also concerned with environmental degradation, war, and rampant consumerism as destructive forces in our world. Using materials from camouflage fabric to tulle and techniques from ink drawing to collage, Moss’s experimental works critique the course we are on as a society and place us at the threshold of something either magnificent or devastating.
Opening reception: Thursday, January 24 from 5:00-7:30 p.m.
Panel Discussion: Popular Culture & "High" Art
Thursday, February 21 at 4 p.m.
Artists Karen Moss and Raul Gonzalez, Rose Art Museum Director Chris Bedford, and art historian Dr. Anna Dempsey will share thoughts on the blurring boundaries between popular culture and "high" art.