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'Family Plot' Exhibit Opens to Enthusiastic Crowd

May 26, 2016 09:46PM ● By Jeanne Fratello
"Family Plot," an art exhibit featuring three painters from one family, opened to an enthusiastic crowd on Thursday evening at the Manhattan Beach Art Center. The exhibit, produced by Time 4 Art's Homeira Goldstein, highlights new works by Los Angeles-based artists Ed Moses, Andy Moses, and Kelly Berg.

Putting together the collection - which ranges from the representational to abstract, from flat to dimensional, and from black and white to explosions of color - was a labor of love that resulted in a unique and meaningful creation, said Goldstein. "I feel that tonight is a pinnacle of joy in every way," she added.

Painter Ed Moses, who has been a leader in the Los Angeles art scene for more than 50 years, does not adhere to any one movement, preferring instead a practice that is immersed in the moment. This approach has led to a uniquely varied body of work that is invigorated by restless re-invention and willingness to take risks.

"I like the fallout from unpredictability. I like being out of control - it's the place where you find something you don't know," said Moses. Gesturing around the exhibit, he added, "Once in a while you get magic. This is it."

He is joined in the exhibit by his son, artist Andy Moses, who creates enigmatic pieces with manipulated surfaces and alchemical reactions to evoke a sense of dynamic movement. The younger Moses' work has ranged from extremely monochromatic to complex variations in paint and color.

The third artist is Kelly Berg, the wife of Andy Moses, who creates textured gestural surfaces with accents of delicate line work through the use of acrylic paint, enamel inks, metal mesh, and plexiglass shards. The paintings invite the viewer in to explore chaotic abstract constructed reliefs and mysterious cataclysmic scenes in both faraway and familiar landscapes.

The exhibit will be open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., through July 2. The gallery is closed on Sundays through Tuesdays.

Time 4 Art exhibitions are held at the Manhattan Beach Art Center (1560 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA), and are generously supported by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Manhattan Beach.

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