ED MOSES & ANDY MOSES: DNA EVOLUTION
November 19, 2008 – January 15, 2009
Curated by Homeira Goldstein, Chairman of the Board of ARTS Manhattan, DNA Evolution is selective works from 1987- present by Ed and Andy Moses(father and Son) marking their 5th show together.
Enjoying a reputation as one of the most forceful and consistently challenging abstract painters of his generation, Ed Moses remains a serious painter who deserves a much wider recognition. Born in 1926 near Long Beach, CA and Receiving his B.A. and M.A. from UCLA, he is one of the city’s outstanding abstract artists.
In the course of his career, Ed has explored many styles in his paintings, initially abstract expressionism, then interest in color field painting and in minimalism. His work ranges from compositions featuring repeated decorative and organic patterns to hard-edged geometric designs. Colors in his work rather establish pure aesthetic experience. One would think at age 82 Ed has done it all, and yet he presents the viewers with a whole new vision in abstract painting. Bold vertical striations dominate the multi-paneled canvases in his new works of 2008 and present the strength and power of this legendary Los Angeles artist. “I’ve been tracking paint on a wet surface for many years” Ed says. “There are no pre-imaging or pictorial ambitions. The tracking is very physical–pushing, shoving, looping, etc. I am not trying to express any image, except when the fool steps in. There are physical obsessions and procedures. The fallout can be apparitional imagery.”
Born in 1962 in Los Angeles, CA, Andy Moses received his B.A. from California Institute of the Arts Valencia, CA and he is one the two son’s of Ed Moses.
Deeply conversant by nature and physics and inspirited by patterns, Andy Moses contemplates on the matter of constant changes to the living world. Andy’ earlier works represent his challenge with the chaotic and mysterious images of the space and oceanic world, while his new series Latitudes express much deeper challenge and ongoing examination into the relationship between the processes of art making and the forms in natural world. In quest of recreating the conditions of geological and topographical evolution, Andy’s painting technique fairly embodies the earth’s volatility and evolution rather than just representational descriptions. His physically exhaustive and rather unpredictable approach to brushless notion has more in common with the performance art than with any traditional approach to depicting landscape. “People think rocks are done deals as objects,” says Andy, “but even they are in flux, it’s not over, it’s never over, maybe it’s measured in eons but it’s always changing.”