Tom Moody - Artwork 1977-96 (Vol. 2)

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Large Mill Stage 1

Large Mill, 1995, acrylic, gouache, ink, and pencil on paper, 90" X 88" (Stage One)

Large Mill Stage 2

Stage Two

Large Mill Stage 3

Final Version

never exhibited--done right before I moved to NY and started working with the computer. the piece got more difficult to look at as it was completed--by the end it was impossible for very long without retinal strain and headaches--the early stages appear tasteful in these polaroid scans but the colors are pretty artificial and obnoxious in person--I contemplated stopping the process and calling it done at many stages but pressed on out of some innate sense of responsibility to the initial premise. the "disc" design was originally based on paintings of rolled-up silk seen end-on in a Russian constructivist-influenced painting, I think by Liubov Popova.

- tom moody 12-12-2006 9:52 pm [add a comment]

Psychic Highway

Psychic Highway, 1994, gouache on aluminum-coated paper, linen tape [along seams on back], 81" x 78" (destroyed 2002)

Getting the water-based gouache paints to stick on that metallic surface was the challenge of a lifetime. By 2002 so much had cracked off it the piece had to go to the landfill. The drips are all fake--to give the look of zestful spontaneity. A bit Scharfish but without his commitment to creating a fine, permanent object.

- tom moody 11-29-2006 12:44 am [add a comment]

Spheres on Cancelled Checks

Spheres on Checks, 1994, gouache on 363 cancelled checks, linen tape, 90" x 66"

I had to yawn when I saw that Richard Prince's new paintings incorporated his cancelled checks. From the reproductions I saw, he didn't do anything interesting with them, like paint several hundred spheres on them. This reproduction is pretty grainy; I'll try to post something more detailed on another page.

- tom moody 4-08-2005 5:14 am [add a comment]

Advil Box

Advil Box, 1994, acrylic on promotional display box, 16.5 x 8 x 8.5 inches

- tom moody 4-05-2005 11:13 pm [add a comment]


Magnolias, 1994-1996, ink, acrylic, and collage, 21.5 x 17 inches.

- tom moody 3-07-2005 5:30 am [add a comment]

Coil, 1995

I think was done in '95--it's a transition between my painted and computer pieces.

- tom moody 1-23-2005 7:59 am [2 comments]

White & Yellow detail

The image in this post from my main blog is a "virtual" version of a series I did in the early to mid-'90s, of acrylic and gouache molecules painted on giant, taped together sheets of doodled-on, throwaway paper. I did quite a few of these pieces (detail of one above--full sized one in progress below) before moving to New York and getting minimalist religion.

Oram St. Studio

I mean, I like the ability of avowedly maximalist work to upset people. Collectors prefer elegant black and white abstractions that fade into the background, and the bad kid in me wants to make something they'll totally hate. And these are bad--there are a lot of degraded, half-finished pin-up girl drawings you can't see in the scanned polaroid, and bug-eyed caricatures, just the worst stuff. I'm compelled to do this kind of work (still) but once it's finished and I step back and look at it, I sometimes wish I hadn't.

- tom moody 12-23-2004 7:08 am [add a comment]

What to Wear to the Republican Convention

- tom moody 12-23-2004 7:05 am [add a comment]

Rot Gut

If I'm sympathetic to the New Dumb Little Painting genre it's because I've done my share of them over the years. Here's one from '91: Rot Gut, acrylic on canvas, 10 X 8 inches, currently hanging in the Louvre in Paris, France.

- tom moody 12-23-2004 6:59 am [add a comment]

molecule legal pad 96

Molecule on Legal Pad, 1996, mixed media, approx. 40" X 35"

- tom moody 9-04-2004 9:45 am [add a comment]

Tom Moody, Study for Selected Apparitions (detail), 1983, scan of collage

- tom moody 7-16-2003 11:11 am [add a comment]

Tom Moody Wolf and Molecule 1992

Wolf and Molecule (Eat at the Y), 1992, acrylic on canvas, 12" X 9"

- tom moody 1-12-2003 5:05 am [add a comment]

Curly (A Plumbing)A Plumbing We Will Go

Left: Curly Attempts to Repair Bathtub

Right: A Plumbing We Will Go, 1994, acrylic, ink, gouache on paper, 70" X 54" (edited)

- tom moody 8-22-2002 10:22 am [add a comment]

Tom Moody Buckyball II 1993

Buckyball II, 1993, acrylic on paper, 80" X 76" (edited)

- tom moody 7-19-2002 6:04 am [add a comment]

Tom Moody Double Alpen 1995

Double Alpen, 1995, acrylic on cereal boxes, 10" X 13" X 3"

- tom moody 6-05-2002 9:26 am [add a comment]

Tom Moody Stripes & Cage 1995

Stripes and Cage, 1995, acrylic on paper, 47" X 40"

- tom moody 6-05-2002 8:21 am [add a comment]

Tom Moody Green Cage 1992

Green Cage, 1992, acrylic on canvas, 30" X 30" (whereabouts unknown)

- tom moody 4-24-2002 8:20 am [add a comment]