John Moore, Stillwater: Spring, 2008, Oil on canvas.
This exhibition of industrial landscape paintings by John Moore executed over the last 3 decades focuses on sites from Conneaut, Ohio to Waterville, Maine, including Coatesville, PA, a locale that specifically inspired American Modernists such as Charles Demuth and Charles Sheeler. Moore has revisited places he painted 20 years ago, and his most recent paintings reveal changes that have occurred. John Moore’s paintings resemble places where he grew up. While the images appear immediately recognizable, the paintings are in fact partial composites based on site specifics, formal concerns and oral history as told by individuals with ties to the sites.