For a time it appeared that TV Moore might’ve hung up his video artist hat in favour of painting. Seemingly abandoning the medium for which he is most well-known, the artist began creating paintings of high-key colour applied in muddied and gestural strokes and presented as glossy photographic surfaces. But TV Moore was quietly and methodically synthesising his burgeoning interest in the material qualities of paint and their technological translation, with the production of ambitious hand drawn animations.
The way things grow is based around a three minute segment of Peter Fischli and David Weiss’ 1987 seminal video, The way things go, which captures in a single sequence a set up of everyday and studio-made objects that once set into motion sparks a chain reaction. In Moore’s animation he approaches the simple task of copying this segment in a manner as convoluted as the machine that Fischli and Weiss first created. By choosing the labour intensive and outmoded technology of hand drawn animation for the task, Moore’s use of this technique importantly connects to his ongoing interest in what he terms the ‘archaeology of technology’.
Such referencing of the history of technology is also seen in the # of the exhibition’s title, which mimics its contemporary usage in social networking systems to tag, group and search. Attached to the name Enya – an Irish singer-songwriter – the exhibition’s title might appear as a diversion. However, the mention of Enya alludes to Moore’s sample of her 2001 hit ‘Only time’ for the soundtrack of The way things grow. Like the intuitive connections made by people online, or the objects in Fischli and Weiss’ film, Moore is interested in the mechanisms that activate things. Where might this go, and what might be next? In the words of Enya: ‘Who knows? Only time’.
TV Moore has been exhibiting nationally and internationally since 1997. In March 2014, Campbelltown Arts Centre held a major solo exhibition of Moore’s work titled TV Moore’s Rum Jungle. In March Moore also featured in the 19th Biennale of Sydney: You Imagine What You Desire curated by Juliana Engberg. TV Moore’s 16th Biennale of Sydney work, Escape Carnival, is now part of the permanent collection on Cockatoo Island. Moore was the winner of the 2009 Anne Landa Award at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, and his work is held in major public collections such as the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney and the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Recent group exhibitions include Volume One: MCA Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, (2012); Tell me, Tell me at the Museum of Contemporary Art (2011) and the National Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea (2012); New Psychedelia at the University of Queensland Art Museum (2011); The Regions at The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2011); The Trickster at the Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Korea (2010); Mortality at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2010); Kaldor Public Art Projects ‘Move: The Exhibition’ at the Gallery Of Modern Art, Brisbane (2010), Rising Tide: Film & Video works from the MCA Collection at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2009); Video Swell Sydney at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (2009); The 16th Biennale of Sydney (2008); The Busan Biennale (2008); The Inaugural Turin Triennale T1 - The Pantagruel Syndrome at the Castello Di Rivoli, curated by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev and Francesco Bonami (2005); and City Dwelling Demons at the Contemporary Art space Osaka (2005). TV Moore is currently based in New York City after being awarded a Location One studio fellowship in New York. He has been represented by Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery since 2004.