Consumptive Reader, 2nd degree (with Apple)

Artist: Ragen Moss
installation | Polyethylene and acrylic paint | 787x406x229mm | 2017

In Ragen Moss’s sculptures, whose floating forms suggest torsos, the artist explores the ideas of space-making and meaning by placing one independent, fully-formed sculpture inside another. Through such layered works, Moss often creates tension between transparency and opacity, illumination and darkness, sculpted mark and painterly gesture, text and form. Moss engages the surfaces of her works through hand carving and the application of patterns, planes of color, and texts drawn from sources such as law (she is also a practicing lawyer) and literature. She has explained that she is interested in “creating sculpture that teaches us about what it means to be a spatialized human” defined equally by rational thought as well as physical volume and mass. To the artist these sculptures are like characters in a film, novel, or our everyday lives—interrelated in ways that reflect our time but remain open to interpretations. ( Image courtesy the artist. Photograph by Dario Lasagni)


Whitney Biennial 2019 | 2019.05.17 - 2019.09.22 | Whitney Museum of American Art(New York City, NY, United States)