(Opening Reception: August 30th, 6-10 p.m., at Bridge Art Space, 23 Maine Avenue, Richmond, California.)
Debbie Moore Self Portrait
Berkeley visual and performance artist Debbie Moore is a proud child of the 60s. In 1969, she dropped out of Princeton University (where she was one of the first women to be admitted) to join the counter culture and has never looked back. Moving to rural Massachusetts, she joined a commune of three hundred kindred souls called “The Brotherhood of the Spirit” where, she says, she found “the roots of the life I now live.”
Portrait of Meg
That life, over 40 years later, continues to celebrate the visionary insights of 1969: Debbie’s art, performance and life are a continuing living history of a time that changed America, and the world.
While most of her fellows who thoroughly embraced the counter culture of the late 60s and early 70s have more or less moved on to some sort of accommodation with the mainstream, Debbie has remained proudly committed to the spirituality of the counter culture, celebrating it in a collection of extraordinary paintings completed over decades of dedicated work.
Paradise With Three Muses
With her husband of 21 years, musician (and former research scientist) Marty Kent, she co-founded and co-directs the nude interactive street theatre troupe, X-Plicit Players, whose website states that they perform “in the psychedelic tradition”. She has also been a designer of original clothing and a performer of one woman shows all over the United States.
Although initially a self-taught artist, she also found time to obtain a studio art degree from the prestigious California College of Arts and Crafts.
The result is a body of work both naive and sophisticated. Her studies of the women in her life, over many years, range from frankly erotic sexual works to almost abstract expressionistic pieces that blur the line between portraiture and landscape painting. Her range of techniques is astonishing, from collage to realistic figure drawings to expressionistic riots of pigment. In all her work, she demonstrates a sophisticated mastery of line, color and composition and an awareness of the larger art world while never sacrificing the childlike, naive quality of her early efforts, inspired by her counter cultural life.
Describing her life in the East Bay, she writes, “I have walked nude through the streets of Berkeley each day, arm in arm with my friends, tenderizing life in the streets, for years.”
Tenderizing is a marvelous term to describe Debbie’s life and art work as she presents “Sensuous Dreams of the Lotus Women”.
Deb and Nina Curled
Debbie Moore Today
To celebrate this remarkable show, Bridge Art Space is hosting an opening event on August 30th for which Debbie will perform original music and poetry, Oakland poet Cassandra Dallett will curate a short reading by women poets of the East Bay, and the extraordinary Joyce McBride (founder and director of “The Conspiracy of Venus”) will perform music.
As part of this exhibition, Debbie will also be presenting workshops (on a donation basis) exploring her personal yoga of touch, expanded intuition of sound and ecstatic exploration of mindscapes. The workshops will be in the gallery at Bridge Art Space at 11 a.m. on Sunday, September 8th and Sunday, September 22nd.