#FridayFeature There are some big resin paintings that I did based on Navajo blankets. They were first grid paintings and then diagonal paintings. The artist Tony Berlant had introduced Navajo blankets to me, and to our circle of friends associated with Ferus Gallery. I stretched canvas and put strips of wood at the edges, and used a carpenter plumb-bob to make lines. You pull the string out and snap it and it instantly makes a line, which I found magical. Then I put masking tape in different places to make "lazy lines," which are also part of the blankets - the places where the thread goes off the warp or weft. I lived in New Mexico for a while to look at all of these sources...I also did drawings on vellum, some of which were based on Navajo chief blankets. I was interested in making delineations of patterns. I wasn't interested in the space, but they became very pictorial; people always commented on that. The pictorial space was a byproduct of the activity, and I do like that idea that you do it for one reason and something else results. Often, when I am working on a series of paintings, I am going in one direction, and out on the edge something flutters. I say, "Yeah I see you. I'm going to finish this now, but I'll come back to you." That thing flashes in the corner again, and after about three or four times, I give in. That is when one series ends and a new one begins.
Ed Moses interviewed by Jennifer Samet, Beer with a Painter, LA Edition: Ed Moses, Hyperallergic, July 25, 2015
Artwork info: Ed Moses, White Grid, 2015, acrylic on canvas, 52 x 42 inches
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