A Tapestry of Miracles

Ed Moses: Tapestries and Paintings
Bobbie Greenfield Gallery

I will repeat the history of these works for its flavor of happenstance. John Nava was commissioned to decorate the new cathedral in downtown Los Angeles with drawings incised on its interior walls, but it was thought advisable to improve the acoustics with tapestries instead. Therefore, the Belgian technique of Jacquard weaving was reintroduced with spectrometer color analysis and computer control. Nava thought this would appeal to Ed Moses, who has now displayed tapestries derived from his Magma paintings.

The exquisiteness of the workmanship is evident at a glance, owing partly to metallic threads interspersed, reproducing the hard glints of these paintings, with an effect like brocade. Passages are iridescent by the close interweaving of colors built up in the layers of Moses’ paint. A new relation is revealed, the large tapestries partly resemble Laddie John Dill’s aerial views, here and there.

A second series from the “rope” paintings completes the exhibition, perhaps recalling Dali’s carpet designs as well.

It will be noted that a single weave resembles a pixel, that the richness of technique is overwhelming, and that these are tapestries to compare with any. “Well,” as one of the artisans was heard to say at the vernissage, “art is a miracle.”

Ed Moses
Nam - X
Woven tapestry: cotton, metallic and viscose fiber
89 x 71 inches
2006

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