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