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Edward Moses

Ronald Feldman Gallery

Edward Moses has eight recent paintings and five drawings at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts. The paintings, because they are composed of colored lines and because they are concerned with the extent of the rectangular format, in some respects touch on Gene Davis’ concerns. But they touch on them much more lightly. There is an oriental delicacy in these limp, unstretched canvas hangings which blanket areas of wall like tapestries.

The lines seem to be made by snapping the pigment off a tight string, which introduces a kind of Eastern simplicity and makeshiftness that is not unlike William Wiley’s elegantly rickety sculpture, and which is an interesting alternative to the capitalist work-slavery with which Davis’ immense canvases seem tinged. These lines either group themselves horizontally in clusters of an almost electromagnetic symmetry; or else they float, parallel but unbundled, at an obtuse

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