BUCKHANNON — Intriguing new art pieces will be on display for a short time following the most recent contributing artist’s opening reception at the M.I.B. Gallery on Friday.
The artist, Robby Moore, was born and currently resides in Beckley, WV. Moore is a mixed media artist, who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in studio arts and a minor in theatre from Concord University. After graduating, Moore began professionally exhibiting his artwork in 1999.
In 2004, Moore co-founded Treehouse Arts Ensemble, an arts organization dedicated to producing original fine and performing art in West Virginia. The artist has curated many art exhibitions in West Virginia, as well as Ohio, and his work has been exhibited in various spaces including the Juliette Art Museum, in Charleston, WV and the Huntington Museum, in Huntington, WV.
Moore is also a theatrical director, who has worked professionally as a scenic designer, artist, consumer, actor, technician, and marionette puppeteer.
From 2011 to 2016, Moore spent time as a Tamarack Resident Studio Artist at Tamarack in Beckley. He has been a juried artist there since 2008 and was once named one of the top 15 Tamarack artists. Recently, Moore was profiled in the fall 2020 issue of artworks. He currently serves as the executive director of the Beckley Art Center.
“Variations on a Mountain Man” takes a closer look at the evolution of the artist’s figures, specifically those that represent the theme of a man in the mountains of West Virginia.
“Over the last 18 years, I have used my work to dissect my experience of being a male artist in Appalachia. I have drawn this experience in the human form as a symbol and character in a narrative. Sometimes with recognizable features and sometimes abstracted to align of most common denominators upon reflection there is also a presence of Appalachian culture and practices in process technique and media. This anthology of selected works from 2003 to today not only tells the story of a man living in contemporary Appalachia, but also demonstrates similarities to the identifier of mountain man through a lens of feeling other and often foreign to the place where I was born and raised,” explained Moore.
The exhibit can be viewed at the M.I.B. Gallery located at 48 East Main Street Buckhannon, WV 26201. The collection will be up until October 16, with gallery hours from 4 to 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.