In the Offing
Someone who was watching out for a ship to arrive would first see it approaching when it was ‘in the offing’ and expected to dock before the next tide. Something that is ‘in the offing’ isn’t happening now or even in a minute or two, but will inevitably happen before too long. The phrase has migrated from its naval origin into general use in the language and is now used to describe any event that is imminent.
Five wooden structures are presented on shelves throughout the exhibition space. These compositions were created by removing actual pages from a first edition copy of Bach´s acclaimed childrens book, Jonathan Livingston Seagull. Specific images were mounted onto the hand made wooden structures, emphasising the graphic quality and format of the photographs, seperating them from the text which they once relied upon. The physicality of the wooden structures capture the movement associated with the act of reading.
The sculptures mimic the critical analysis of the text. Bach´s uses a very loose language within the book, allowing a certain amount of vagueness, providing the reader with emotional space to create their own interpreation of the story.
Resembling the shape of a pyramid, referencing the architectural structure of a house of cards, Angle Rock is made from 7 square pieces of wood balanced by their own weight. An image of a painted white rock is mounted to the face of each panel, creating a graphic illusion. The panels behave in a similar way to photographs, displaying and active face, and a blank back side but when placed in this structure they create different complex visuals depending on the viewers perspective.
Sam Moyer was born 1983 in Chicago/Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY Education 2007 Yale School of Art, MFA/ 2005 Corcoran College of Art and Design, BFA Solo Exhibitions 2009 In the Offing, Max Hans Daniel, Berlin, Germany/2008 Night Moves, Cleopatra’s, Brooklyn, NY Selected Exhibitions 2009 Longest Train I Ever Saw, Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York, NY/ 2008 This is Boston Not L.A., Lamontagne Gallery, Boston, MA/ Bring Me Back a T-Shirt, curated by Erik Lindman, V&A Gallery, New York, NY/ Glass Houses, curated by Eddie Martinez, Werkstatte Gallery, New York, NY/ Milwaukee International, ZieherSmith Gallery, Milwaukee, WI/ Dark Fair, Picture Box Inc., Swiss Institute, New York, NY/ 2007 2007 Alumni Juried Exhibition,
Recent Graduates: 2002–2006, Corcoran Museum, Washington, D.C./ Fractured in Aspect, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, NY/ Coercive Atmospherics, curated by David Hunt, Dumbo Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY/ Sculpture Thesis, Yale Art Gallery, New Haven, CT/ Inside/Outside, G.A.S.P., Boston, MA/ 2006 Banal Aesthetics, Gotov Gallery, CSU Long Beach, CA/ Under the Fort, Rhys Gallery, Boston, MA/ Notes From the Underground: What’s Up With Yale, Drake Hotel, Toronto, ON/ 2005 Nocturnal Emissions, Curators office, Washington, DC/ Thesis Show, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC/ 2004 Lovers and Thieves, NYSP, New York, NY Bibliography 2008 Cook, Greg, “I Wanna Rock”, The Boston Phoenix, December 12, 2008/ Gartenfeld, Alex, Critics’ Picks, Artforum.com, August 12, 2008 (Bring Me Back a T-shirt)/”Memento Mori”, Men.Style.com, August 6, 2008 (Bring Me Back a T-shirt)/ “This is Art”, Nylon.com, August 1, 2008 (Bring Me Back a T-Shirt)/ 2007 Cotter, Holland, “Fractured in Aspect”, The New York Times, August 10, 2007