Moses @ 90: Inspiration

Moses @ 90: Inspiration

The extraordinary artist Ed Moses is showing recent works in the former Santa Monica Museum of Art in Bergamot Station. He is 90, and I was told that most of the works on view were done in 2016.

          Now that’s an inspiration.


Moses seems to continually reinvent his oeuvre, breaking new ground with unexpected juxtapositions of color, form, materials, dimension, and use of shapes and space.



web3He works in series…huge gestural paintings that seem to leap off the canvas, yet retain molten centers of passion and energy.

web2  He breaks into the paint, using a “secret sauce” that makes it crack when “activated’ by applying another layer of paint over the dried layer of what sounds suspiciously (to my decorative painter’s ear) like crackle glaze, or at least shellac or white glue, both of which can crack through wet paint laid over it. The effect is stunning.



web5Fun house mirror? After a fashion. This room is a whole installation of reflective metal, painted and cracked pieces, and applique, which combine to transform the world into something never seen before.

web12The distorted head silhouette appears to be a repeating Moses motif…showing up in painted dialogue,

web8and appliquéd onto other wild pieces like these screens stenciled with delicate wallpaper-like florals and punctured by squiggly worm-like cut-outs.

web9On some pieces the head shapes are partially cut out from the surface in concert with the other cut-out shapes and lines,

web7Here shocking yellow cut-out squiggles are sliced with blue. Determinedly undulating,  they seem to be trying to subvert the gray and lacy ivory butterflies and blossoms of their riotously bucolic  environment. I mean…background.

These stunningly inventive works don’t need to come alive…they are alive.

And happily, so is the prolific and endlessly creative Mr. Moses.

From Where They Sit….”Rosie’s Girls” Share Their Views

From Where They Sit….“Rosie’s Girls” Share Their  Views

I saw an amazing  exhibition at Santa Monica’s Bergamot Station Art Center this past Saturday, and  just had to share.

Rosie’s Girls“, Santa Monica exhibited chairs that they had both constructed and painted, along with poems the girls had written about themselves, and what thy saw “from where they sat”.  Fun, playful, moving, and inspiring, I photographed a number of the pieces, and present them here for your viewing pleasure. Goooo Girrrrrls!


WEB1What is “Rosie’s Girls“?  Think, “Rosie the Riveter“…

WEB2Who are “Rosie’s Girls“?

WEB4The inspirational chairs line the main  hallway in  building G, at Bergamot Station Art Center2525 Michigan Ave, Santa Monica, CA (310) 453-7535

WEB3Chairs as Art…Fine and Functional

WEBaWEBabWEBbWoman Power!

WEBcThe Fault in Our Stars

WEBdDash (?)

WEBeShe sees Birds


WEBgShe sees Popcorn!

WEBhWEBhhhhhWEBhhWEBhhhhWEBhhhObviously, a fellow “Who Head”!


WEBjShe is thinking ahead!


WEBlWEBllMoi aussi, Mademoiselle, moi aussi….!

Check it out, the show is definitely worth seeing.  It will touch your heart, and give you hope for the future!

Thank you…Merci…Rosie’s Girls!




LA Stories II: Siting Santa Monica

LA Stories II: Siting Santa Monica

Discovering Santa Monica, one site at a time…iconic, over-sized, whimsical, outlandish, commercial, many-faceted.  From beneficent Buddha heads, to unexpected Indians, from pop sound to gas station topiary,  expect the unexpected, and come along for the ride.

Pretzel Apparel, Third Street Promenade

Gas Station Topiary

Buddha Nature

Pop Sound

Incidental Indian

Car Planting, Bergamot Station

What unexpected sitings have YOU had recently?

If You so choose, please share them with us here.  We love to hear from You.

Remember, we are all siting this thing called Life, together.