"Things Fall Apart"
January 6 - January 27, 2024
Saturday, January 6, 6pm-9pm
Houston-based artist Randall Mosman and Copenhagen's Anders Moseholm, united by a profound passion for figurative painting and a shared perspective on life and art, present "Things Fall Apart." While they've previously showcased their artistic synergy at Devin Borden Gallery in 2019, the 2024 exhibition at Redbud Arts Center marks their most expansive collaboration yet.
The exhibition's title eloquently mirrors the artists' approach to figurative painting. It captures a mental reality that is simultaneously beautiful and coherent, yet distorted and unsettling—a portrayal of doubt where everything seems to be in constant flux, yet harmoniously interconnected.
In their own words:
"In our artwork, layers of material create a subjective, physical, tactile, timeless experience. It's not just another beautiful image of reality for conceptual analysis; we are immersed in a world flooded with such images on the internet."
Mosman and Moseholm draw inspiration from a primal connection to expressing the incomprehensible—akin to how individuals in the Stone Age depicted life on cave walls. For them, when things fall apart, it opens the door to new possibilities—a sentiment echoed in Leonard Cohen’s song "Anthem":
"There is a crack, a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in."
There are five main stages of taphonomy: disarticulation, dispersal, accumulation, fossilization, and mechanical alteration.
Disarticulation : The Bones are no longer held together by muscles and tendons.
Dispersal: Our remains are spread around by natural events.
Accumulation: The buildup of material in one location.
Fossilization: The filling of decayed space with rich material.
Mechanical Alteration: Physical alterations to the remains by different processes.
These paintings are a reflection on the breakdown of our human system.