San Francisco Exhibition: Ed Moses. Yesterday’s Tomorrow. Brian Gross Fine Art. September 7 – October 26, 2013. Reception for the artist: Saturday, September 7, 4-7 pm
Brian Gross Fine Art cordially invites you to the grand re-opening of its new space at 248 Utah Street with an exhibition of the work of internationally renowned artist, Ed Moses.Yesterday’s Tomorrow, an exhibition of recent paintings, will open on September 7, 2013, with a reception for the artist from 4 to 7 pm. On display will be a selection of his crackle paintings, dynamic works that play with surface and illusion. The exhibition will be on view through October 26, 2013.
Ed Moses is one of the original artists affiliated with the legendary Los Angeles Ferus Gallery, where he had his first show of abstract paintings in 1958. Throughout his extensive career, Moses has embraced new approaches in his art practice. The continuous thread throughout his oeuvre is his intuitive process of painting, in which he emphasizes gesture, mark-making, and exploration. Moses states, “I’m an explorer, I’m trying to discover things, discover the phenomenal world by examining it, by looking at it, by playing with the materiality, pushing it around, shoving it, throwing it in the air.”
The works included in Yesterday’s Tomorrow exemplify the importance of experimentation with new techniques and materials in his painting process. Ed Moses remarks, “I don’t visualize and execute. Every breath is brand new. Don’t think of the future, don’t think of the past, the only factor is now.” For Moses, the “now” is a series of crackle paintings that embody Moses’ methodology of marking and gesture. The crackling causes the surface of each painting to break open, peel away, and thus reveal the layers of contrasting color beneath.
Furthering the use of surface as a subject, the exhibition includes monumental multi-panel geometric shaped paintings that break from the traditional picture plane. The panels within each work are interchangeable, enabling a unique play of shapes. In addition, the exhibition includes crackle paintings that incorporate an overlay of geometry. The constriction of the unpredictable gesture within the restraints of structured geometry creates tension and intricacy. The works on view play with texture and bold color, spontaneous and deliberate gesture, and complexity of surface.
Ed Moses was born in Long Beach, California, in 1926 and received his BA and MA from the University of California, Los Angeles. His career began in the legendary Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles in 1958; in the same year he exhibited at the Dilexi Gallery in San Francisco. In 1996, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles presented a full-scale retrospective of his career. In 2012, Ed Moses was included in Pacific Standard Time at the J. Paul Getty Museum. His work is included in the public collections of the Art Institute of Chicago; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Menil Foundation, Houston; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Philadelphia Museum of Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, among others.
Brian Gross Fine Art
248 Utah Street
San Francisco, CA 94103