If you’ve been in the Viking Union Gallery in the past three weeks, you may have been confused, intrigued or even, like several students, wondered if it was a still work in progress. The show [Insert Text Here] was a solo exhibition by Bachelor of Fine Arts student Lenny Moore. In [Insert Text Here], he incorporated installation, sculpture and painting and left the audience with many opportunities for interpretation. We had the pleasure to sit down with him to discuss his show and artwork.
Q: Tell me about your art in [Insert Text Here].
I was thinking about the gallery space as a surface. For a lot of it, I’m using the canvas as a metaphor and the physical material to build stuff on. It is like the gallery space becomes the canvas, in a way, because I’m building into the gallery space. That’s why a lot of things are just frames and have this relationship to the sculpture that’s in the space. This show I would consider mostly painting, sculpture, installation, but I like the term installation artist a lot. It’s a category. People are going to think one thing, when it’s not necessarily what I think.
Q: How did you come up with the title of this exhibit?
You come into a space like this and each person will have their own idea of what this stuff means. [Insert Text Here] is for the viewer to go in and project their own ideas onto the surface, to think about the show in their own way and to be able to see what they want to see. Everything is blank, so it’s really up to the viewer to also think and wonder why is it like this? What does it mean? They are able to insert their own ideas.
Q: What meaning does your artwork have to you?
It’s not really a meaning; it’s more of a story. I’m not trying to define something. I’m more trying to present questions: what is the relationship between the plaster, canvases and frames on the wall? How is this made? A lot of people talk about painting and sculpture in art classes, and when we study, we’re told to choose a concentration. Are you going into paint? Are you going into sculpture? Are you going into mixed media? Do you want to do installation? We’re taught to categorize and to separate painting from sculpture and this and that. I don’t necessarily agree with that. When people ask what my concentration is, it’s hard for me to answer with sculpture because even though everything is pretty much a sculpture, I am talking a lot about painting. The whole thing is an installation. That is one thing that I am addressing in my work: this whole concept of what group or should there even be a group? Can groups co-exist?
Q: How long did it take you to create artwork for this show? What was the creative process like for you?
That’s a tough question because the creative process involves learning. We’re studying art in school, so all of the classes I’ve taken in the last years have contributed to my work here. That can be considered part of it. Actually, physically doing the work that’s in here without the knowledge part of it, probably took me an accumulation of two quarters. The majority of it was finished within three weeks of the show.
Q: What is gratifying about creating art?
I feel like it’s a way of producing ideas physically and I have a lot of ideas. It’s just a way of me getting my ideas out in the world
Q: What was the process like getting into the VU Gallery?
I applied for BFA, an extended senior program. It’s an extended year of study. I got in last year around May. By July, I was speaking with the director of the gallery. Right when the director started work, I got in touch and asked when a good time near the end of the year would be for a show. I was setting this show up even before I started class. It’s really competitive trying to find a place because of everyone wanting to get their show at the end of the year. There are a lot of people having shows right now. It’s required for a BFA student to have a solo show. This was a really good space for that.
Q: What do you hope people take away from your show?
I want people to come out with an interesting experience. Thought provoking, I want them to think. I want it to be fun, I don’t want things to be too serious.
If you would like to see Moore’s work, visit www.lennyfmoore.com.