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Santa Monica College Gallery to Exhibit Andy Moses Retrospective
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By Lookout Staff

January 27, 2017 -- The elusive art of Andy Moses' will be on display at the Santa Monica College Pete & Susan Barrett Art Gallery starting next month, gallery officials announced Thursday.

The exhibit "Andy Moses: A 30-year Survey," which runs from February 14 to March 25, documents the evolution of the Los Angeles artist's works, which evoke micro- and macro-cosmic worlds that are both abstract and scientifically precise.

A gallery reception will be held February 11 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.,
and Moses will discuss his work at a presentation March 14. Seating is strictly on a first-arrival basis.

Andy Moses Art Exhibit Curated by Barrett Art Gallery Director Marian Winsryg, the exhibit presents a "comprehensive, chronologically sequenced installation (that) follows the progression of Moses’ style and process" during his 15 years in New York and another 15 years in LA, gallery officials said.

The exhibit "ranges from his early black-and-white works exploring galactic and microscopic imagery through chemical paint reactions, to his most recent vibrantly colored ‘dispersion’ paintings," officials said.

“We’ve been planning this exhibition for the past two years,” said Winsryg, “working with the William Turner Gallery on reviewing and selecting works that capture the imagery Moses was creating at particular moments in time, and that reflect his style development over a period of time.”

Moses grew up in Santa Monica and studied with Michael Asher, John Baldessari, Barbara Kruger and Douglas Huebler at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts).

In the early 1980s, he moved to New York, where he began creating process-oriented works "that incorporated silkscreened science-related imagery and newsprint text," officials said.

Critics have described Moses' New York works as “meteoric and geological-looking paintings.” A decade later, he began using powdered pigments with acrylics to create "referential, yet non-objective abstractions."

Since relocating to Los Angeles in 2000, Moses has embarked on a unique way of painting the involves long and detailed preparations followed by the creation of works in a single uninterrupted session, officials said.

The process has been described as “part painting, part science, and part ‘garage alchemy,’ in which humble materials are transformed completely.”

"Many of his recent pieces feature pearlescent pigments on canvases that are convex or concave in shape, causing the colors to shift and change like fluids as the viewer moves by them," gallery officials said.

Works by Moses have been the subject of numerous solo exhibits and are in many private and public collections, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Orange County Museum of Art, Laguna Art Museum, and the Frederick R. Weisman Foundation.

SMC's Pete & Susan Barrett Art Gallery is located at the SMC Performing Arts Center on Santa Monica Boulevard at 11th Street, Santa Monica. Gallery exhibits, receptions, and art lectures and talks are free.

Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

For more information call (310) 434-3434.


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