Agricultural art allows Matthew Moore to begin to, in his words, "reconcile the urban with the rural at a time where many historical and cultural practices are in danger of being engulfed." After farming the same land outside Phoenix, Arizona, for four generations, the Moore family faces a certain future in which its land will be converted to residential housing.
"With the pace of suburban development, stewardship of the land becomes a major concern," explains the artist. Projects like "Rotations: Moore Estates" help call attention to these transitions through aesthetic events in unexpected settings.
For this work, the artist created a one-third scale replica of the layout of the first planned community being built on his family's farmland in Arizona. The homes were planted in sorghum and the roads in black-bearded wheat. For other pieces, Moore cut suburban floor plans into a lawn and a barley field and brought sculptures of rammed earth and wheat into urban gallery environments. The reconciliation he seeks is visually fierce.
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