Dalton’s Waffle #1
On View at the Getty Center: Pacific Standard Time: Crosscurrents in L.A. Painting and Sculpture, 1950-1970
Ed Moses created Dalton’s Waffle #1 during a brief stay in San Francisco in 1960, where he mingled with Bay Area artists Joan Brown, Manuel Neri, Jay DeFeo, and Wally Hedrick in the Fillmore district. Merging assemblage and abstract painting, he tightly packed a wooden picture frame with crumpled pages from an entire issue of the San Francisco Chronicle, embedded small objects in the mass, and stuck it all in place with shellac varnish. Though his time in Northern California was short, the work that he made there was crucial in the way it refigured paintings as objects, demonstrating the kind of experimentation with materials that would characterize Moses’s career, and that anticipates his later resin paintings.