Luhring Augustine is pleased to participate in EXPO CHICAGO 2022 with a solo presentation of new works on paper by Jason Moran. Internationally renowned as a jazz pianist and composer, Moran’s interdisciplinary and often collaborative visual art practice mines the history of music, and its social, cultural, and political subtexts. For these works, Moran places a sheet of Japanese Gampi paper on a piano and uses dry pigment to record his various "attacks" on the keys in vibrant colors. Layered lines of saturated pigment track the motions of his hands and washes of color trace the movements of Moran’s body and the pull of gravity, recalling traditions of both gestural abstraction and frottage. These expressive and vigorous compositions are the material record of Moran's private performances, conveying the physicality of a musical phrase. With these works Moran investigates a new vocabulary of representing acoustics in visual form, each containing a unique evocation of rhythm and sound.
Jason Moran (Houston, TX, 1975) is a Jazz pianist, composer, and artist. He was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2010 and is the Artistic Director for Jazz at The Kennedy Center. His activity includes recordings and performances with masters of the form including Charles Lloyd, Bill Frisell, and the late Sam Rivers, as well as his work with his trio The Bandwagon (with drummer Nasheet Waits and bassist Tarus Mateen) that has resulted in a profound discography for Blue Note Records and his own label Yes Records. Moran's first solo museum exhibition was organized by the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, and traveled to the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA; Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (2018-2020). Most recently, in 2021-2022 the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver presented a solo exhibition, Bathing the Room with Blues, which highlighted Moran's drawing practice, among other works.