K. R. M. MOONEY
K.R.M. Mooney (b.1990) is an artist based in Oakland, California, USA. Their works have been displayed in solo exhibitions at Kunstverein Braunschweig in Braunshweig and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco. Group exhibitions include KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin, White Flag Projects Library in St. Louis, Futura Centre for Contemporary Art in Prague, Altman Siegel in San Francisco and Essex Street in New York. Mooney studied at Central Saint Martins in London and California College of the Arts in San Francisco. They are a 2018 Artadia Awardee and a recent editorial resident for Flash Art Magazine.
K.R.M. Mooney pursues a distinct form of abstraction that focuses on the interaction of objects, bodies and space. Occupying intermediary positions that vary in scale, Mooney's sculptures distill observable and imperceptible properties by installing works directly on the floor, overhead, or in passageways. Using industrial materials that are context specific or close to hand, Mooney considers their structural capacities and potentials as well as the effects of time, temperature, and adjacency. Creating forms based on found structures that support and guide bodies' industry, in all of their valences, they are amended by hand to implicate the thresholds of presence and understanding while using their background as a jeweler to employ the knowledge of alloys and alchemy at play. Inheriting architectural details such as the conditions of light or a site's neighboring morphologies, each project is a means to revision how attention is paid to the affective, embodied and relational aspects of site and space. Grounded in cultural theory and foundational metal-smithing techniques, Mooney's practice uses sculptural material and its inherent information to offer various forms of engagement on behalf of the viewer, examining physical and sensory states as a way to address issues of difference, embodiment, and care.