Moe Brooker, I Can't Keep From Singing #2

Moe Brooker: I Can't Keep From Singing #2 (2001) Oil on paper
I Can't Keep From Singing #2
Oil on paper
Credit Line
Museum purchase, The Barra Foundation Art Acquisition Fund, 2003
29 ¾ " x 29 ½ "

Lines zing across the canvas. Rhythmic marks create a pulsing beat. Little explosions of saturated color fight to sing solo but are contained within the structure of this visual symphony. With this painting, Moe Brooker translates the energy of the gospel song "How Can I Keep from Singing" into an exuberant visual experience.

To Brooker, "spontaneity is an impulse, it's about making choices and making decisions." He enjoys comparing his artistic discovery process with striking a chord on a piano – though you may be familiar with individual notes, there's always a surprise when you hear them as a chord.

Brooker is the chair of the Foundation Program at Moore College of Art and Design.

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