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Thaddeus Mosley

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Current Exhibitions at KARMA


Thaddeus Mosley

  • Thaddeus Mosley
  • Opens: Feb. 29, 2020
  • Closes: Apr. 26, 2020
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Robert Grosvenor

  • Robert Grosvenor,
  • Opens: Jan. 08, 2020
  • Closes: Feb. 23, 2020
  • Reception: Jan. 08, 2020
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Protest Signs from 1992

  • Mark Flood,
  • Opens: Jan. 11, 2020
  • Closes: Feb. 23, 2020
  • Reception: Jan. 11, 2020
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Blue

  • Matthew Wong,
  • Opens: Nov. 08, 2019
  • Closes: Dec. 22, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Alex Da Corte

  • Marigolds,
  • Opens: Sep. 20, 2019
  • Closes: Nov. 03, 2019
  • Reception: Sep. 20, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Summer Group (Solo) Show

  • Henni Alftan,
  • Matt Hilvers,
  • Ruth Ige,
  • Andrew Sim,
  • Opens: Aug. 08, 2019
  • Closes: Sep. 15, 2019
  • Reception: Aug. 08, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

To live in hope.

  • Woody De Othello,
  • Opens: Jun. 27, 2019
  • Closes: Aug. 04, 2019
  • Reception: Jun. 27, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

I see with my body now

  • Paul Lee,
  • Opens: Apr. 04, 2019
  • Closes: May. 12, 2019
  • Reception: Apr. 04, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Works from 1968–1970

  • Robert Duran,
  • Opens: Feb. 21, 2019
  • Closes: Mar. 31, 2019
  • Reception: Feb. 21, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Auguries Cast Aside

  • Ketuta Alexi-Meskhishvili,
  • CAConrad,
  • Jason Dodge,
  • Tony Just,
  • Opens: Jan. 10, 2019
  • Closes: Feb. 17, 2019
  • Reception: Jan. 10, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Paul Mogensen

  • Paul Mogensen,
  • Opens: Sep. 27, 2018
  • Closes: Nov. 04, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Dike Blair

  • Dike Blair,
  • Opens: Nov. 08, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 21, 2018
  • Reception: Nov. 08, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Gertrude Abercrombie - Organized With Dan Nadel

  • Gertrude Abercrombie,
  • Opens: Aug. 09, 2018
  • Closes: Sep. 16, 2018
  • Reception: Aug. 09, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Sunset Moon

  • Ann Craven,
  • Opens: Jun. 21, 2018
  • Closes: Aug. 03, 2018
  • Reception: Jun. 21, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Shelf Life

  • Mathew Cerletty,
  • Opens: May. 05, 2018
  • Closes: Jun. 17, 2018
  • Reception: May. 05, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Matthew Wong

  • Matthew Wong,
  • Opens: Mar. 22, 2018
  • Closes: Apr. 29, 2018
  • Reception: Mar. 22, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

C-A-T Spells Murder

  • Alex Da Corte,
  • Opens: Feb. 17, 2018
  • Closes: Mar. 18, 2018
  • Reception: Feb. 17, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Kinder Gentler Nation

  • Rita Ackermann,
  • Paweł Althamer,
  • Joan Brown,
  • Derrick Alexis Coard,
  • William N. Copley,
  • Barkley L. Hendricks,
  • Robert Hudson,
  • Cheyenne Julien,
  • Marie Laurencin,
  • Irving Marcus,
  • Barbara Nessim,
  • Woody De Othello,
  • Richard Prince,
  • Joseph Raffael,
  • Michael Williams,
  • Opens: Jan. 07, 2018
  • Closes: Feb. 09, 2018
  • Reception: Jan. 07, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Group Show

  • Jean Conner,
  • Wally Hedrick,
  • Deborah Remington,
  • Franklin Williams,
  • Opens: Nov. 12, 2017
  • Closes: Dec. 22, 2017
  • Reception: Nov. 12, 2017
  • Hours: 5 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Pastel

  • Nicolas Party,
  • Opens: Sep. 24, 2017
  • Closes: Nov. 05, 2017
  • Reception: Sep. 24, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Robert Grosvenor

  • Robert Grosvenor,
  • Opens: Jun. 22, 2017
  • Closes: Aug. 13, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Faules Fundament (Rotten Foundation)!

  • Urs Fischer,
  • Opens: Aug. 16, 2017
  • Closes: Sep. 10, 2017
  • Reception: Aug. 16, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

When

Feb 29 - Apr 26, 2020


Where

KARMA

  • 188 East 2nd Street, New York NY 10009 Map
  • 212.390.8290

About

Karma is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Thaddeus Mosley. This will be Mosley’s first exhibition with the gallery.

Thaddeus Mosley’s monumental freestanding sculptures are crafted with the felled trees of Pittsburgh’s urban canopy, via the city’s Forestry Division; wood from local sawmills; and reclaimed building materials. With influences ranging from Isamu Noguchi to Constantin Brâncuși—and the Bamum, Dogon, Baoulé, Senufo, Dan, and Mossi works of his personal collection—Mosley’s sculptures mark an inflection point in the history of American abstraction.

Painter Sam Gilliam describes Mosley as “a jazz critic, post-man, father, keeper of trees anywhere– / old trees, round trees, big trees, heavy trees.” Using only a mallet and chisel, he coaxes salvaged timber into new, biomorphic shapes that conjure an uncanny forest. Mosley uses traditional joinery techniques to manipulate form, weight, and space, as evidenced by gravity-defying sculptures like Mirrored Space (2014) and Aero Intersectional (2018). The bold, sinuous curvature of these sculptures derive from existing recesses and protrusions in their raw material.

“My woods and stones and I generate themes together,” Mosley says. These “sculptural improvisations,” as he calls them, exercise a rhythmic abstraction, informed by the modernist tradition of jazz. Mosley carves with the spontaneity of a jazz composer: each fissure and groove in his hewed compositions represents an almost-audible warble. He frequently sculpts as an ekphrastic response to music. Such homages abound throughout the exhibition, including references to “Misterioso” and “Off Minor” by Thelonious Monk; Matisse’s jazz cut-outs; and tenor saxophonists Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt, among others. “I never know exactly what I’m doing,” says Mosley. “That’s also the essence of good jazz.”


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