K.r.m. Mooney

2017 SECA Art Award Recipient

  • KRM Mooney gallery installation

    Installation view of K.r.m. Mooney gallery, 2017 SECA Art Award; courtesy the artist and Altman Siegal Gallery, San Francisco; photo: Robert Divers Herrick

  • KRM Mooney gallery installation

    Installation view of K.r.m. Mooney gallery, 2017 SECA Art Award; courtesy the artist and Altman Siegal Gallery, San Francisco; photo: Robert Divers Herrick

  • K.r.m. Mooney installation image

    Installation view of K.r.m. Mooney gallery, 2017 SECA Art Award; courtesy the artist and Altman Siegal Gallery, San Francisco; photo: Robert Divers Herrick

  • K.r.m. Mooney installation image

    Installation view of K.r.m. Mooney gallery, 2017 SECA Art Award; courtesy the artist and Altman Siegal Gallery, San Francisco; photo: Robert Divers Herrick

  • KRM Mooney gallery installation

    Installation view of K.r.m. Mooney gallery, 2017 SECA Art Award; courtesy the artist and Altman Siegal Gallery, San Francisco; photo: Robert Divers Herrick

K.r.m. Mooney (b. 1990) pursues a distinct form of abstraction that focuses on the interactions of objects, bodies, and space, distilling observable and imperceptible properties of organic materials—typically metals and plants—and industrial media such as steel cables and wires. The artist’s background in foundational metalsmithing techniques informs their investigations into the structural capacities and potentials of these materials, as well as the effects of time, temperature, and adjacency. Several works include elements that refer to the infrastructure and contingencies of light and sound, such as a folded awning, a partial cast of a bell, and containers that evoke the emission of sound, in addition to its fugitive and scalable qualities. Other works highlight mutable, generative properties, acknowledging the unseen and the polyvalent to consider issues of difference, embodiment, and care. Often positioned on the floor and in doorways, Mooney’s sculptures reorient how our bodies relate to these constructed forms.


Essay

K.r.m. Mooney’s sculptures distill observable and imperceptible properties of organic and industrial materials, investigating structural capacities and potentials as well as the effects of time, temperature, and adjacency.


In Conversation

SFMOMA Baker Street Foundation Associate Curator of Photography Erin O’Toole interviews K.r.m. Mooney in their studio.


Exhibition Catalogue

Download a PDF of the exhibition catalogue essay and conversation with the artist.


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