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Norman Mooney: Wall Flowers

Causey Contemporary
92 Wythe Avenue, 718.218.8939
March 19 - April 14, 2010
Reception: Friday, March 19, 6 - 9 PM
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Causey Contemporary is pleased to announce Wall Flowers, new works in sculpture and drawing by Norman Mooney. The exhibition will feature brand new wall and floor sculptures by Mooney.

Wall Flowers marks Norman Mooney’s first adventures in color sculpture having previously worked only in grays, blacks and whites. Wallflower no. 1 measuring six feet in diameter is an explosion of pollen yellows. The piece consists of over 500 aluminum castings all projecting outward four feet off the wall. Another larger wall flower in crimson resin having a diameter of 6-7 feet will also be a part of the exhibition.

In addition to the wall flowers, Mooney’s exhibition will include the three final windseeds from a group of six he has executed. The first three such sculptures are in the permanent collection of Richard and Helen DeVos in Michigan, founders of Amway International. While like the wall flowers executed in cast aluminum, these white eight foot diameter sculptures seem light enough to move in a breeze and have been liked to dandelion seeds among other natural objects.

In both styles of sculpture, Mooney is inspired by his larger experience of the natural world and his attempt to understand the joy, wonder and beauty one experiences when feeling the first rays of the sun on your face in the morning, the explosion of color bursting from a flower or the etherealness of seeds floating on the wind. Formally, Mooney hopes to challenge the viewer to evaluate their place in the natural world and to engage them in a larger intuited reality.

Norman Mooney was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1971. He studied at Crawford College of Art and Design in Cork and completed his BFA at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin in 1992. He then had 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 15 years. Recently his work has conjured the image of the actual and representational star shape, which conceptually deals with perceptions of contraction and expansion, the end of what previously was and the birth of something new, transformation on a global scale, and an origin of connectedness. Recent exhibitions include “Absence and Presence” at Causey Contemporary Gallery in New York, “Falling Short of Knowing” show at Milk Gallery in New York, and a sculpture exhibit at Collector’s Contemporary in Singapore. He also founded a successful design, engineering and fabrication firm dealing inarchitectural metals. He continues to reside in Brooklyn with his wife and three children.
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