Through Coast, Stacey Moore finds expression in the immediate vicinity of her Southern California home. Present to the spectacle of life around her, she waits and watches. The spectacle is her palette, the camera her brush. Wielding the camera with physical gestures, she translates her environs into color, contrast, shape, and motion—with varying degrees of abstraction. Time and place are distilled to explore color and light. Flora, fauna, man, and environment are instruments to investigate movement, stillness, diffusion, and detail. Process and product are inextricable.
Stacey Moore is an interdisciplinary visual artist, designer and metalsmith based in Los Angeles. Moore is self-taught and has won multiple awards for art, graphic design, web engineering, and leadership. Her metal works have sold at leading jewelry galleries and retail stores including SFMOMA Museum Store and The Guggenheim Store. She is a member of the Los Angeles Art Association and the National Association of Women Artists.
The allure of the Southern California beach lifestyle has been prominent in American culture since it was popularized through the films and music of the 1950s and 1960s. Coastal imagery, dramatic skies, and iconic palms have been depicted by artists ranging from California Plein-Air Impressionists like Guy Rose and William Wendt to Pop artists like David Hockney and Ed Ruscha. Today, the archetypal skater and surfer are fodder for both the multi-billion dollar action sport industry, and an international youth subculture based on freedom and cool. In Coast, Stacey Moore explores the archetypes and visual clichés of the Pacific Coast in four series—Surf, Fly, Scape and Sea—using her innovative method of photographic abstraction.
Moore marries digital photography and gestural abstraction to reduce surfers, seascapes, sunsets, and sea birds to their constituent parts—and presents them for reinterpretation. Wielding the camera with physical gestures, she visually deconstructs her Southern California environs into color, contrast, shape, and motion—with varying degrees of abstraction. Present to the spectacle of life around her, she waits and watches. The spectacle is her palette, the camera her brush. Through Moore’s approach, perception and purpose are altered. Physical objects are transformed into smears of photographic paint. Bits of reflected light are used as implements, carving surface textures into the photographic image as she waves her camera. While time and place play leading roles in her oeuvre, chance is the all-important supporting actor. The gestures of the artist’s hand converge with the movement of her subjects, in a transformative kinetic fusion.
This kinetic amalgamation yields images that look more like paintings or etchings than photographs. The resulting works exude a surreal quality, often conjuring an imagined narrative. Surfer No. 23 (2013) appears as though he may have landed on the ocean’s surface from outer space. The illumined wings of Snowy Egret No. 44 (2014) escape their frame, suggesting a spirit's transcendence from the abyss. In Scape and Sea, Moore’s sweeping motions reduce air, earth, and water to gentle lines and fields of vibrant color. Scape No. 97 and No.102 (2014) echo dreamlike memories of being bathed in brilliant Pacific twilight. Sea Grid No. 9 and No. 26 (2014) are polyptychs in which Moore treats color and light as found objects—collected from the sea photographically, and arranged into matrices depicting chromatic and temporal relationships.
Through Coast, Stacey Moore delivers an innovative approach to photographic imagery and regional milieu, mirroring the freedom and self-discovery inherent in Southern California’s zeitgeist.
Interdisciplinary visual artist, designer and metalsmith
Lives and works in Los Angeles
Louisiana State University, 1984-1985
Non-matriculated; metalsmithing, fine arts, art history, design
SFMOMA MuseumStore, San Francisco CA
The Guggenheim Store, New York NY
Gallery I/O, New Orleans LA
Wow Gallery, Dallas TX
Barneys New York, New York NY
"Utilizer Vos Outils" — Jewelry, Wow Gallery, Dallas TX, 1992
"Now" — Paintings and Jewelry, Zanzibar, Dallas TX, 1991
"Now" — Jewelry, Todd Allen Salon, Dallas TX, 1990
"Pagan Ritual" — Paintings, Sculpture and Event, Starck, Dallas TX, 1987
"The Art of Wearing Dead Fish" — Jewelry and Paintings, Artist's Studio, Baton Rouge LA, 1986
"New Members Exhibition" — Photographs, N.A.W.A Gallery, New York NY, 2014 (forthcoming)
"Abstracts" — Photographs; Light, Space and Time; Online; 2014
"Simplicity"— Photographs, Orange County Creatives Gallery, Laguna Beach CA, 2014
"Seascapes" — Photographs; Light, Space and Time; Online; 2014
"LAAA Annual Benefit Auction" — Gallery 825 / Paddle 8, Los Angeles CA, 2014
"Animals" — Photographs; Light, Space and Time; Online; 2014
"Another Summer with the Ladies" — Photographs, 608 North Gallery, Redondo Beach CA, 2014
"Affordable, Collectible, Original Art" — Photographs, 608 North Gallery, Redondo Beach CA, 2014
"All Women" — Photographs; Light, Space and Time; Online; 2014
"Soho on the Prairie" — Jewelry, ONA, Dallas TX, 1988
"Art for Art’s Sake" — Jewelry, New Orleans LA, 1987
Special Recognition; "Abstracts" Art Competition; Light, Space and Time, 2014
Special Merit; "Seascapes" Art Competition; Light, Space and Time, 2014
Honorable Mention; "Animals" Art Competition; Light, Space and Time, 2014
Special Recognition; "Animals" Art Competition; Light, Space and Time, 2014
Awwwards Honorable Mention, 2014
Special Recognition; "All Women" Art Competition; Light, Space and Time, 2014
FWA Site of the Day, 2014
Awwwards Honorable Mention, 2013
Outstanding Competition Judge, WebAwards, 2013
NASFT Fancy Food Show Packaging Design Award, 2001
Outstanding Young Women of America, 1984
Century III Leaders Award, 1980
Los Angeles Art Association
National Association of Women Artists
Stacey offers her work in a variety of editions and formats. Prices range from a few hundred dollars for 12" x 18" prints to several thousand for very large original works—with many options in between. You are welcome to contact Stacey for purchase inquiries or to request a studio visit. Join the mailing list and you'll be first to know what's new.