Carrie Moyer

Lower East Side Printshop is pleased to introduce two new editions by New York based, distinguished artist Carrie Moyer, Pirate Jenny Returns and Cave Diver.  Completed during her Summer 2023 Publishing Residency, the two editions were made in collaboration with the Lower East Side Printshop’s staff, Kyung Eun You and Ian Ruppenthal.  Each is a 13-color screenprint with rayon flocking, measuring 30.75 x 22.63 inches (78.1 x 57.5cm) image and sheet, in edition of 16.

The prints exemplify the sumptuous use of color and inventive melding of abstraction and representation, for which Moyer is well known.  The title ‘Pirate Jenny Returns’ alludes not only to the beloved song from Bertoldt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s Threepenny Opera, but also to Moyer’s own 2012 painting inspired by Brecht’s proto-feminist avenging maid.  ‘Cave Diver’ further riffs on the character’s name: ‘Low-Dive Jenny’ or ‘Spelunken-Jenny’ in German. The two prints are both singular and related: while they share a bold palette, each composition unfurls spatially in its own way. The torn and twisted nets, the red rayon flocking, serve myriad allusions, from imprisonment to liberation, fishnet stockings to illicit booty.


Previous publications

© Carrie Moyer, 2009, "Elixir," screenprint with glitter flocking, 25.75" x 17" image, 30" x 21.25" sheet. Price: $800
© Carrie Moyer, 2009, “Elixir,” screenprint with glitter flocking, 25.75″ x 17″ image, 30″ x 21.25″ sheet. Price: $800


For Moyer, the print medium, with its inherent reproducibility, represents the flip side of painting. She chose to work in silkscreen, which enabled her to photographically reproduce the political and utopian graphics and emblems, rather than hand-paint them as she does on canvas. Her series of three prints, For Sister Corita, pays homage to Sister Corita Kent, who ran the art department at the Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles and gained acclaim for her socially-oriented serigraph prints.

Moyer screened onto paper images of a Buckminster Fulleresque geodesic dome, Tatlin’s Monument to the Third International, and the anarchist Emma Goldman—along with drips, blobs of paint, and brushwork. In For Sister Corita 2, the silhouette of Tatlin’s Monument is printed in lavender over the olive green outline of a hand making the sign for a handgun, with its thumb cocked back and the index finger extended, and morphing into a gun barrel, from which issues a crimson brushtroke and a bloody drip. The melding of forms, coupled with the silkscreen process, unify Moyer’s collage aesthetic. Two small strips of pink glitter, applied by hand to the wet ink, playfully animate the image and introduce a foreign element to the composition.

Excerpt from Editions ’03 essay by Lydia Yee

Carrie Moyer (b. 1960, Detroit, MI) earned a BFA from Pratt Institute (1985), an MA in Computer Graphics from New York Institute of Technology (1990), and an MFA from Bard College (2000).  Her work has been widely exhibited in numerous one and two person shows; Carrie Moyer: Morphologies, DC Moore Gallery, NY (2022); Carrie Moyer and Sheila Pepe: Tabernacles for Trying Times, Portland Museum of Art, ME (2020) and Museum of Art and Design, NY (2021); Carrie Moyer: Pirate Jenny, Tang Teaching Museum, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY (2013) and Carrie Moyer: Interstellar, Worcester Art Museum, MA (2012).  Moyer’s work has been featured in numerous exhibitions including Queer Abstraction, Des Moines Art Center, IA (2019); The Whitney Biennial, The Whitney Museum of American Art, NY (2017); and Aftereffect: Georgia O’Keefe and Contemporary Painting, MCA Denver, CO (2019).  Her work is held in many collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; The Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; Portland Museum of Art, ME; The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, Saratoga, NY; and the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, South Hadley, MA.