The New Social Environment#268

Sam Moyer with Tom McGlynn


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Artist Sam Moyer joins Rail Editor-at-Large Tom McGlynn for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading from Martin Corless-Smith.

In this talk

Sam Moyer

Sam Moyer, Photo by Jason Schmidt
Photo by Jason Schmidt
An artist living and working in Brooklyn. Since 2008, Sam Moyer has developed a distinctive language of abstraction that considers questions of value, labor and beauty. Her practice has evolved from its more conceptual and process-based origins to address formal and theoretical issues regarding the construct of painting. Examining traditional roles of painting and sculpture, Moyer reframes the painted surface as a sculptural field in which fragments of previously used stone are paired with hand-painted canvas to create dynamic compositions. She manipulates these found textures and materials into powerful and evocative abstract works that evince beauty, humor, balance and chance, employing the hand-made and readymade.

Tom McGlynn

Portrait drawing of Tom McGlynn by Phong Bui
Portrait of Tom McGlynn by Phong Bui
Artist, writer, and independent curator Tom McGlynn is based in the NYC area. His work is represented in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum of the Smithsonian. He is the director of Beautiful Fields, an organization dedicated to socially-engaged curatorial projects, and is also currently a visiting lecturer at Parsons School of Design, The New School. McGlynn’s work is interested in the morphing of commercial signage into cyphers of phenomenal experience—minimalist, abstract arrangements of color. He holds an MFA from Hunter College and a BFA from the Ramapo College of New Jersey. Tom is an Editor-at-Large for the Brooklyn Rail.

The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poetry reading, and we’re fortunate to have Martin Corless-Smith reading.

Martin Corless-Smith

Martin Corless-Smith
The author of a dozen books, mostly poetry. His most recent books include The Melancholy of Anatomy(Shearsman Books, UK 2021), the ongoing mystery of the disappearing self (SplitLevel Texts, 2020) and The Poet’s Tomb (Parlor Press, 2020). Corless-Smith was born and raised in Worcestershire, England, and has studied painting and poetry at The University of Reading (UK), SMU, The Iowa Writers’ Workshop and The University of Utah. He lives and teaches in Boise, Idaho.

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