Selected by Sandra Safta Waterhouse

NORMAN MOONEY, Line Drawing #9, 2014


Our featured work this week is by New York-based contemporary artist Norman Mooney.  Like much of his work, this series of marker on aluminum panel is all about engaging in the present moment. The process of mark making, drawing a line across the panel and repeating this same action again and again, forces the artist - and the viewer - into the present, much like a mantra in meditation. Though the marks are repetitive, each is unique and constantly changing the dynamic energy of the final image. 


Mooney's work is at once physical and metaphysical, exploring the elemental and cyclical synergies of nature. Materiality, pattern, scale and experience are key concerns within his practice. He uses alternative materials to create unique and often etherial surfaces, such as carbon and graphite. Mooney also makes sculpture, interior and exterior installations, drawings and works on paper, his methodology is one of experimentation and process with materials such as smoke, glass, steel and resin. 


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, Close your Eyes at Martine Chaisson in New Orleans and "Wall Flowers" at Causey Contemporary in New York.


In 2000 he set up WorkSpace11 in New York where he works with a team of studio technicians, architects and engineers.


NORMAN MOONEY (Irish b. 1971)
Line Drawing #9, 2014
Marker on aluminum panel
40 x 40 in / 101.6 x 101.6 cm



January 25, 2021