• Alison Mosshart: Fire Power at Joseph Gross Gallery

    Alison Mosshart at Joseph Gross Gallery.
    Opening night for Alison Mosshart
    The crowd on opening night
    The crowd on opening night

    It has recently become commonplace for artists of one genre to dip their toes into another, whether to expand their creative boundaries, or to, more typically, puff their fame. Established songstress and The Kills co-founder, Alison Mosshart made her first solo debut in visual art with the opening of her exhibition Fire Power in New York last Thursday. Mosshart has no formal training in the genre, but it only takes one look at any of her 127 works now on display at Joseph Gross to realize she is as serious an artist on canvas as she is in her music.

    Mosshart draws inspiration from her main career, having grown and developed her collection throughout her years spent on the road. This nomadic lifestyle is directly reflected in her informal series of smaller paintings and “snapshots”; Mosshart would create art in hotel rooms or backstage between shows, packing the portable canvases into suitcases before moving onwards with the tour. She only recently acquired a permanent studio space in Nashville, since enabling Mosshart to complete the bigger works in her exhibit, such as her experimental tire-track series. Running up and down bright canvases with remote control toy monster trucks whose tires have been dowsed in ink, she creates a passionate ode to her mobile life and her personal mania for cars. Mosshart muses that “there are few things [she finds] more freeing and romantic as bombing down a highway” (Press Release). She certainly has sped far forward from her musical beginnings and her first group exhibition in 2014, landing at a medium-traversing solo show that underscores her flexibility as an artist and maker.

    Fire Power is on display at Joseph Gross Gallery, 548 W. 28th St (STE 232), till July 11th.

    Writing by Lisa Marsova

    Photographs by Jamie Martinez

    Artist Alison Mosshart
    Artist Alison Mosshart
    Alison Mosshart: Firepower at Joseph Gross Gallery.
    Alison Mosshart: Fire Power at Joseph Gross gallery
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    (L-R) Leo Fitzpatrick and Laura Mylott Manning
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    Close up to one of Alison’s pieces
    Alison Mosshart: Firepower at Joseph Gross Gallery.
    Alison Mosshart: Fire Power at Joseph Gross Gallery.
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    Alison Mosshart: Fire Power at Joseph Gross Gallery
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    (R) Joseph Wolf Grazi with a friend at the opening
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    Alison Mosshart: Fire Power at Joseph Gross Gallery
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    (L) Joseph Gross with a friend at the opening
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    Alison Mosshart: Fire Power at Joseph Gross Gallery
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    (R) Indira Cesarine with friends
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    Alison Mosshart: Fire Power at Joseph Gross Gallery
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    Another close up
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    (L-R) Laura Mylott Manning, Verdiana Patacchini and Robert Banat
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    Alison Mosshart: Fire Power at Joseph Gross Gallery

     

     

    Lisa Marsova

    Lisa Marsova

    Lisa Marsova is a financial analyst moonlighting as an art writer. She resides in the East Village and likes anything contemporary.

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