bau Gallery announces the opening of Tony Moore’s solo exhibition, Tony Moore: Coomaraswamy’s Bridge from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 11, in The Beacon Room, bau Gallery, 506 Main St., Beacon. Exhibit hours are Saturdays and Sundays, noon to 6 p.m. through Feb. 2.
Moore, an Anglo-American artist, has resided in Cold Spring for almost 16 years. On a picturesque mountaintop property some nine miles outside the village, he has built a studio and large Japanese-style Anagama-Noborigama wood-fire kiln. He operates this kiln on a communal basis, inviting participants from a wide ceramic community within the tri-state region, and beyond (even as far away as Israel), to fire with him and to learn the ancient, yet contemporary art of wood-fired ceramics.
For this special “show-case” exhibition, Moore has selected a unique body of recent works, which he refers to as Fire Paintings because, unlike traditional paintings made of canvas and paint, these are two-dimensional pictorial works made of clay and fire, which are viewed on the wall. The artist did paint for many years, as well as make sculptures, so the pictorial realm of creating a symbolic narrative is second nature to him.
Unlike paint, these works cannot be seen in fruition until they emerge from an arduous four-day firing of stoking logs to reach temperatures in excess of 2,300 degrees Fahrenheit and then being allowed to cool for two weeks before the kiln-doors are unbricked to reveal the interaction of fire and wood-ash upon his base elements of clay and mineral glaze.