a cold gray morning in November 1984, he was painting in his studio
on Park Avenue and 20th Street when his model smelled smoke. While
the two escaped, all of his paintings were destroyed by the fast-moving
fire. What might have been a tragedy to some, he regarded as a
time to start over, to be like the phoenix who dies by fire
and is resurrected.
left New York and began a nine year odyssey that took him to the
hills of California, the deserts of New Mexico, major cities in
Europe and finally to Miami Beach where, he said, the art scene
was burgeoning, the light was beautifully overexposed,
and where, most important, his beloved grandmother Frieda lived.
work he produced in Florida not only earned him praise for its
technical abilities but also reflected his own deepest inner struggles
and beliefs. In Artspeak magazine in 1989, Sidney Gilbert wrote
of the majestic There Was No Grass on the Other Side,
which appears to depict a netherworld beyond life, and of
the sureness of his draftsmanship, the brilliant beauty
of his colors, the fullness of his forms.
Power and Torment
the Miami Herald in 1992, the critic Jim Tommaney said Moser has
created a world of faith and power and torment with views
of time and timelessness, depletion and renewal, despair
and hope that mirror and illustrate the reality of the human soul.
is to no lesser subject that Moser is now turning. After arriving
in Scarsdale in December, he started working on Into the
Mystery, a five-part series of 125 oil paintings, charcoal
drawings, wood carvings and even several poems that, he explained,
reveal the progression from psychological and spiritual subjugation
to revelation and freedom.
I, Boundaries, which is completed and exhibited, reveals
man caught within his own self-imposed limitations, he said.
One of the paintings in the series, for example, is Bound
by a False Beast, which depicts a figure in a cagelike structure
and refers to the time when the artist felt trapped by overcommercialization
of his work. Part 2, Embarkation, which I have
just begun, he added,chronicles the beginning passage
into the unexplored regions of the psyche. Part 3, Abyss,
examines hidden encounters with unknown forces and events.
4, Transmutation, recounts the death and rebirth passage
of the soul. And Part 5, Reemergence, documents the
return voyage back to the created world.
journey represented by Into the Mystery is a personal
one, but Moser said the works will have an archetypal quality
that will touch the viewers. Audiences, he said, are tired of
trendy art that may have visual appeal but insufficient substance
to evoke emotion or awe.
role of the artist is to inspire, he said. Weve
had enough of existential chic, enough of deliberate meaninglessness.
The artists role should be to provide vision, to provide
are many people out there who are afraid to change, afraid to
make their own journeys into the mystery. Through
my work, I hope to show them the possibilities that lie within
their own lives.