Moira Dryer: Back in Business features over 20 of Moira Dryer’s (c. 1957, Toronto, Canada; d. 1992, New York City) richly textured and color saturated paintings and sculptures. Marking the first comprehensive survey in almost 20 years, the exhibition will consider the works Dryer created from 1985 to 1990.
From her beginnings in the early 1980s until her death, Dryer pursued a line of work in dialogue with modernist painting and abstraction while in consideration of more contemporary themes. Before devoting herself full-time to painting, Dryer worked for years as a set designer for the avant-garde theater company Mabou Mines, an experience that influenced her painting and the way she spoke about her work. This exhibition considers Dryer’s development as her work progresses from recognizable theater references such as curtains and spatial representations to abstract portraits that begin to move toward sculpture. Dryer infused her works with a level of pathos that allowed her to play with stillness and animation, reference and abstraction, and real and represented space.