The Extravagant Vein, the first comprehensive survey of Donald
Moffett’s investigations into art history, paint, politics and form, provides the
breadth and range of the artist’s practice over the past 20 years. As a painter, Moffett
extends the traditional two-dimensional frame, converting the ordinariness of the flat
plane into highly textured relief works. Some of these signature oil paintings are
illuminated by incorporating video projections onto the canvas. Moffett also
incorporates sound and light in his work, sometimes as stand alone projects and at
other times in conjunction with his paintings. The subject matter of his paintings
ranges from landscape and nature to politics and history.
Moffett uses his power as an artist to critique the world at large. As a founding
member of Gran Fury, the artistic arm of the activist group ACT UP, Moffett has
remained engaged with issues surrounding the presence of gays in historical and
contemporary culture. Moffett’s work is not dominated by frameworks of politics
and power, though these issues remain vital foundations in his ongoing advocacy
toward civil rights.