The recent large-scale abstract paintings of Ed Moses will be the subject of an extraordinary exhibition at Frank Lloyd Gallery in Bergamot Station. Bold vertical striations dominate the multi-paneled canvases. The new works present the strength and power of the veteran Los Angeles painter, who celebrates his 82nd birthday in April. His prolific output has resulted in a lyrical and expansive show, composed of large-scale abstract paintings.
Commenting on his working method, Moses has said: "I've been tracking paint on a wet surface for many years. The surface is slurpy and wet and moist. There is no pre-imaging or pictorial ambitions. The tracking is very physical--pushing, shoving, looping, etc. I am not trying to express myself or any image, except when the fool steps in. There are physical obsessions and procedures. The fallout can be apparitional imagery."
Moses (born 1926 in Long Beach, California), has an extensive history with painting, and his lyrical abstractions of the 1950s and 1960s form a major and self-sustaining body of work. Moses has been exhibiting since 1949, and was part of the original group of artists from the Ferus Gallery in 1957. His work was documented in a major retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in 1996. Museum collections include the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Menil Foundation, the Museum of Modern Art, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among others.