"Unspooled" by Joel Moskowitz, is a 30 x 24 x 1.5 acrylic painting on a wood panel. A large shape evocative of an upside down question mark dominates on a seemingly stark background. Meticulously drawn by hand with gray acrylic inks and pastel
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Joel Moskowitz
Unspooled

2019

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"Unspooled" by Joel Moskowitz, is a 30 x 24 x 1.5 acrylic painting on a wood panel. A large shape evocative of an upside down question mark dominates on a seemingly stark background. Meticulously drawn by hand with gray acrylic inks and pastel highlights, the shape is made by unspooling a single long line. It begins on the left, goes down and up and inward until it blends into nothingness inside a teardrop-shaped hole. Coppery flecks tip little flame-like points that ascend against the background, which is a luminous white plane imbued with subtle pinks and grays, an ethereal fog. It is initialed by the artist in the lower left corner. The sides are painted a warm earth tone, creating a visual frame. Joel Moskowitz paints his abstract compositions of long curved lines completely freehand in a practice both meditative and meticulous. Spirals or mazes emerge. Symbols of wholeness, they also evoke fountains, containment or even obsession. Influenced by the intensity of Hebrew micro-calligraphy, he is known for employing text in his art, but for his latest work all that is left of language is line. In some spirals, he collages, in the center, an illustration of an animal, as if to protect it in a cocoon. In others, the center is a halo of metallic ink. Moskowitz, who trained as a sculptor, thinks of his paintings in three dimensions, and often leaves the background blank.

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  • Dimensions
    H 30 in. x W 24 in. x D 1.5 in.H 76.2 cm x W 60.96 cm x D 3.81 cm
  • Gallery Location
    Boston, MA
  • Reference Number
    LU50034718312
  • Seller Reference Number
    Moskowitz_Unspooled
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