Thaddeus Mosley draws inspiration from jazz in conceiving his heroic wood sculptures that often appear to defy gravity. In the 94-year-old artist’s first show with Karma, a selection of more than 20 works spanning the past quarter-century demonstrate his enduring fascination with wood as a raw material—be it salvaged from felled trees, sawmills, buildings, or elsewhere around his native Pittsburgh—as well as his mastery in carving out the mystical and musical qualities contained therein.
With influences ranging from Isamu Noguchi to Constantin Brâncuși—and the Bamum, Dogon, Baoulé, Senufo, Dan, and Mossi works of his personal collection—Mosley’s sculptures mark an inflection point in the history of American abstraction.
Thaddeus Mosley, Masked Extension, 2011. Walnut, cherry, 48 × 26 × 52 inches.