press release

Ed Moses & Qin Feng
19 July - 14 September 2019

I want the work to be indefinable, haunting, and primordial. - Ed Moses

My art is more of an attempt to harmoniously blend Eastern and Western elements and artistic media together than to limit myself and select one technique over another. - Qin Feng

Blain|Southern is pleased to present an exhibition that places the work of Ed Moses (1926-2018, Long Beach, California) and Qin Feng (1961, Xinjiang, China) in a conversation across cultures, conducted in a shared artistic language.

Ed Moses and Qin Feng make dynamic, gestural paintings influenced by both Eastern calligraphy and Western abstraction, yet each artist arrived at this common ground from different directions. Moses was one of the founding artists of the Ferus Gallery, Los Angeles (alongside the likes of Robert Irwin, Ed Ruscha, and Ed Kienholz), and over many decades he created one of the most diverse bodies of abstraction in late twentieth-century American art. As with many American artists of the post-war generation, especially on the West Coast, Moses was attracted to Buddhist thought, and he became a practitioner in the early 1970s.

While Qin Feng, one of the key figures of China’s avant-garde art movement and founder of MOCA Beijing, has over the past thirty years developed an expansive mode of painting that is deeply rooted in traditional Chinese calligraphy, Western art has always been an important stimulus, not least the work of Robert Motherwell, himself influenced by Chinese ink paintings. Qin Feng and Ed Moses share an interest in the relationship between the artist’s body and painterly gesture, and especially the effects of chance and spontaneity in the painting process.

The juxtaposition of Qin Feng and Ed Moses creates a dialogue, highlighting important crosscurrents of influence in late twentieth-century and contemporary abstraction.

Ed Moses & Qin Feng is organised in collaboration with Dagmar Carnevale Lavezzoli.