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Andy Moses’ Latitude Work Kicks Off Fall Season at Samuel Freeman
July 26, 2008, 12:19 am
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ANDY MOSES’ LATITUDE WORK KICKS OFF FALL SEASON AT SAMUEL FREEMAN

Artist Andy Moses will exhibit new paintings at Samuel Freeman, September 6 to October 11, 2008. Accompanying Moses’ work is a ferrofluid table-setting sculpture by Sachiko Kodama titled “Melting Time, Dissolving Time” in the project gallery. The sculpture garden will feature a stainless steel sculpture by Ewerdt Hilgemann titled “Conspiracy”.

The following essay by Shana Nys Dambrot is taken from the exhibition catalog:

“The paintings in Andy Moses’ new series Latitudes both deepen and challenge his ongoing investigation into the relationship between the processes of making art and the laws that govern the generation of forms in natural world. Seeking to recreate the conditions of geological and topographical evolution rather than capture the results in representational imagery, Moses’ painting technique fairly embodies the earth’s fluidity and evolution in its own formal resolution. His physically intensive and somewhat unpredictable approach to brushless abstraction has more in common with the actionist, experiential traditions of performance-involved art than with any traditional approach to landscape.

Previous bodies of work along this thread have directly referenced horizontal landscape and light source orientations, and indeed the works in “Latitudes” are still resolutely pictorial in terms of space and perspective-witness the special and detail compression along top and bottom edge passages. But now the depth recedes down along a vertical picture plane rather than back along the horizontal with an overall effect reminiscent of aerial photography, the better to gain perspective, as it were, on the specific macrocosmic/microcosmic framework of Moses’ topographies. In a kind of self-reflexive Smithson-meets-Raphael gesture, Moses combines his affinity for nature’s slowly unfolding patterns and processes with an intuition for classical aesthetic goals of ratio, proportion, and harmony.

The finished canvases are infused with the animated energy as well as physical evidence of their own creation-evoking rather than portraying fault lines, smoke and clouds, canyons and riverbeds, lakes and tidal plains in sweeping vistas in saturated palettes, mainly either deep opalescent blues and violets, or radiant reds and oranges. Although his nature-mimicking process inherently embraces a certain level of chance, Moses is able to contain the animus of the medium by studying the behavior of his pigments in extensive studies, each of which demonstrates the same energy and density of detail as the impressive large-scale works, not unlike the resonance between a rock and the wide cliff from which it fell, or the rivulets in a tidal pool at one’s feet and the great river mouths where their deltas meet the open sea. Returning again to the idea of affinities between what happens in the geosphere and what happens in the studio as organic time is collapsed along the same lines, Moses muses on the theme of constant changes to the living world. “People think rocks are done deals as objects,” says Moses, “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.”

WHAT:
Acylic on canvas paintings by Andy Moses
*also ferrofluid sculpture by Sachiko Kodama

WHERE:
Samuel Freeman
2525 Michigan Ave B7
Santa Monica, CA 90404
www.samuelfreeman.com
310-449-1479

WHEN:
September 6 to October 11, 2008
Gallery Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 6pm

PRESS CONTACT:
Brent Turner
The Campbells PR
brent@thecampbellspr.com
office: 323-300-6132
mobile: 323-244-5058

IMAGES:

Click on the images below to view hi-res versions

Andy Moses, Latitude 54 14 01 (2008) Acrylic on Canvas, 54 x 114, Courtesy of Samuel Freeman

Andy Moses, Latitude 54 14 01 (2008) Acrylic on Canvas, 54" x 114", Courtesy of Samuel Freeman

Andy Moses, Latitude 54 14 01 (2008) Acrylic on Canvas, 54 x 114, Courtesy of Samuel Freeman

Andy Moses, Latitude 20 30 02 (2008) Acrylic on Canvas, 20" x 30", Courtesy of Samuel Freeman

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