A Los Angeles-based artist with a unique take on color and the relationship between space, shape and light, Andy Moses paints with pearlescent pigments on concave canvases, which curve inward like the old Cinerama movie screens of the 1950s. The effect harnesses light and causes the painting to shift in depth and contrast as the viewer moves around it. Moses also works with convex canvases, which utilize an outward curve, causing his pearlescent colors to shift and change as different amounts of light hit the surface at any given point.
“All the work I’ve ever done has always been about interacting with natural processes and then reacting to what those natural processes do. So it’s a constant, back-and-forth process until the painting is finished,” Moses explains.
Citing Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey as an early influence on his visual sensibility, Moses recalls how that film—and how he saw it—went on to inform his own work. “Seeing 2001 at the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood when I was a kid blew my mind,” he says. “There was something about being completely immersed in something, rather than just having it be frontal. I never forgot that.”