Our Pick of the week takes place at William Turner Gallery this Saturday, May 31st. The joint exhibition features two iconic artists…Ed Moses and Larry Poons. I’ve had the chance to personally interview Ed Moses a couple years back (see our Weekly Features Page), and am always amazed at the work he continues to create on an everyday basis.

Here is some info on Saturday’s exhibition. The William Turner Gallery tells it best…

LivPOW-MAY31-Williamturner-EdMoseing on opposite coasts, Ed Moses and Larry Poons have worked in the realm of abstraction for the last six decades, each producing a unique and innovative oeuvre, driven by experimentation, process, color and materiality.

These two quintessentially iconoclastic painters present interesting parallels due to their their career-long disregard for prevailing styles, their similarity of approach and their passionate pursuit of the possibilities of paint. Moses and Poons exemplify spontaneous approaches to the process of painting, in careers that have spanned more than half a century. They have relentlessly pushed the potentials of the medium, embracing artistic practices that require a willful immersion into the chaos of the moment. For each artist, these paintings begin as journeys into the unknown and end as records of the trails they blazed on their way back out.

Born in Long Beach, CA in 1926, Ed Moses has been a pivotal figure in the Los Angeles art scene since the 1950s, when he was part of the original stable of artists at the Ferus Gallery. Over the past six decades, Moses has been able to resist categorization into any one genre. His process is consistently experimental – he changes materials regularly and doesn’t subscribe to any particular style, save for one – reinvention. Moses’ work is not bound by genre or movement – rather, it is fueled by a fascination with process and innovation. About his work Moses says, “The unpredictability is what I like to look at.”

Ed Moses has been the subject of a major retrospective at MOCA Los Angeles and his work is in the permanent collections of some of the most prominent cultural institutions including the Corcoran Gallery, Hammer Museum, SF MoMA, Whitney Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

POW-MAY31-Williamturner-LarryPoonsLarry Poons was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1937. He originally studied music in Boston during the late 1950s, shifting his focus to painting a few years later. Poons gained favor during the 1960s within the OpArt movement, painting rhythmic patterns of circles and ovals on brightly colored backgrounds. By the mid sixties, however, he had moved away from this style toward looser and more abstract works, experimenting with pouring and throwing paint.

In Poons’ recent works, traces of his musical training can be detected– symphonies of color race across the surfaces of his canvases, bewildering the senses. There is an intense exchange happening on these surfaces, between painter and paint, paint and light, light and color. According to Poons, “They are all in the nature of the thing … of anything … of everything.”

On view May 31st – July 19th

What: Opening reception
Where: William Turner Gallery @ Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave, E1, Santa Monica CA 90404
When: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Phone: 310 453 0909

Website: http://www.williamturnergallery.com/