Moberg Gallery 10 Year Anniversary Exhibition
October 12 - November, 24 2012
Installation shot of the anniversary show.
October 23, 2012
Woe unto you if you needed a parking space along Ingersoll this past First Friday. There wasn’t one to be had, and if you followed the swarm of people, you found that it led you right to Moberg Gallery, where Des Moines’ self-proclaimed “Corporate Art/Public Art/Residential Art” mecca was celebrating ten years of operation. The event was a festive one, with artists and patrons alike enjoying the ubiquitous free wine and flowing conversation. To say the least, the soirée was a success, but this reviewer always prefers to head back to the gallery the morning after, when all is calm and the art can be approached quietly and considered thoughtfully.
As usual, Moberg puts on a visually pleasing exhibit, with a myriad of large-scale pieces dominating the gallery. On this particular occasion, around 45 artists represented by Moberg have contributed to the show. There will be some who grumble that they do not find this collection is shocking or thought-provoking. However, there is something to be said for a gallery that has been open, family run, and commercially viable for a decade. And let’s be honest, for as many people as there are who are looking for risk-taking work, there are just as many who are seeking something they find beautiful and well-created to hang above the mantle or in the lobby.
TJ Moberg’s “Double Fault”
So while there may be few true surprises, the show is nicely curated, with some fun interplay between pieces and styles — my favorite being Frank Hansen’s “Pink Foot Lay Down with Boob” juxtaposed against a more subtle nude by Catherine Dreiss. The gallery has found an organic way to display the divergent styles of the artists included, and the viewing experience flows well.
John Phillip Davis’s “Come to My Lonely”
Among the more memorable pieces shown are “Double Fault” by TJ Moberg, a large bullseye composed of tennis balls; the mixed media piece “Garden in the Sky” by John Siblik; the enormous “Come to My Lonely” by John Phillip Davis; and the tiny graphite-on-paper jewel, “Moon and Trees #1” by Bill Teeple.
The show, up through Saturday, November 24, is worth a walk-through at the Ingersoll gallery. Moberg plans to open a Chicago location on December 1, 2012 at 2707 W. Lawrence in Lincoln Square.