John McLaughlin, Total Abstraction

John McLaughlin Paintings: Total Abstraction

BCAM, Level 3

November 13, 2016–April 16, 2017

The void is tangible to the soul; the void can move you into the realm of clarity and focus and this feeling is perceptible. Seeing the John McLaughlin exhibition at LACMA was a gift to my spirit and had a calming effect (during these precarious times) not withstanding the touch of “perceptive awareness”. I knew the work very well and had seen many paintings first hand over the years but to see all these McLaughlin’s together under one exhibition was enlightening. As I wove through the exhibition last week for the last time during its run I was aware through ponder and focus that it was giving back, Mc Laughlin’s have an imitable way of exuding creative energy in a way that helped me sort through things happening in my art life. I used the exhibition as a doorway to seek direction and focus in my own work and to this end I once again plead guilty for finding solace from others for my own selfish needs. Yes, when proportion and understanding are achieved to the level of a John McLaughlin painting the void is a very meaningful and energetic place!

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#5 1974. Oil on canvas

 

J Mclaughlin install LACMA

John McLaughlin Exhibition, LACMA 2017

chairs are unnecessary …! 

Stolen Art Work!!

February 18th  2017

Beyond Baroque, Venice CA

My small sculptural wall relief TEXT (see photo below) was stolen from the stairway leading to the Mike Kelly Gallery during the weekend of February 10, 2017. The culprits preferred the TEXT piece over the TRUTH obviously not able to steal the truth as much as appropriate the text. This was the first time an artwork of mine had been pilfered in a professional gallery setting. I found the occurrence upsetting and wondered what kind of person would rip-off an artist in a space that has a very open and community vibe. Beyond Baroque in Venice, CA did offer to reimburse me for the piece which I donated back to the organization to help update their security around the Mike Kelly gallery.

Stolen Artwork

The Debriti Show at Beyond Baroque

Press release

Starts: Feb 04, 2017, 5PM – 7PM
Ends: Feb 26, 2017, Noon – 4PM

Los Angeles based artist JonMarc Edwards will be exhibiting “The Debriti Show!” a traveling immersive installation that challenges visitors to “Choose Your Words Carefully.” Beyond Baroque will be transformed into a contemporary textual apothecary utilizing all floors and rooms to exhibit this exciting and formidable exhibition. “The Debriti Show” features word-tenders to personally guide you through the process of textual enlightenment. Both witty and profound “The Debriti Show” explores the transformational power of language and tangible text. An installation located in the Mike Kelly Gallery will showcase this unique blend of concrete poetry meets visual expansiveness. Workshops, performances and special “word-tender” appearances will occur during this month long exhibition, stay tuned for more details.

JonMarc Edwards is a visual artist working in the Silver Lake area of L.A. His work is known for paintings that transforms composed writing into concise, legible pictographic landscapes. JonMarc is a visiting artist & adjunct Lecturer, Cal Poly Pomona, Pomona, CA and maintains a studio / gallery, MARKET in Silver Lake.

www.marketstudio.org

www.debritishow.com

Beyond Baroque

Beyond Baroque

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JonMarc at the Debriti Dispensary, Beyond Baroque, Venice CA 2017

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No Ego, Beyond Baroque, Venice, CA 2017

Text Pile

Text Pile Mike Kelly Gallery – Beyond Baroque, Venice CA 2017

Weeping Time

Weeping Time, part of the Spatial Dance Scapes at CalPoly Pomona

I contributed to set and prop design for this emotive and personal dance piece by choreographer Gayle Fekete. Please follow the link belowto learn more about this important dance work.

http://www.thepolypost.com/arts_and_entertainment/spatial-dance-scapes-challenges-audiences/article_2b8876ce-e773-11e6-972c-43b0a134c4fe.html

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Weeping Time Spatial Dance Scapes, CalPoly Pomona January 2017

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Alice Cooper’s Love It To Death

Love It To Death, Alice Cooper – 1971

My first record purchase using my own money (pop bottle collection) was “Sugar, Sugar” by the Archies back in 1969. Two or Three years later I bought “I’m Eighteen,” by Alice Cooper and subsequently purchased the album Love It To Death after seeing them perform on “In Concert” on ABC, loved that show! I thought Alice Cooper was creepy and cool like The Creature from the Black Lagoon or Dracula, but Alice had a razor-dark voice that I thought was neat. The lyrics, make-up and theatrical element made me a loyal follower for the next four albums and have retained a soft spot for their music from the 70’s. Love It To Death is still one of my all-time favorites with the whole album full of amazing and at times funny songs, great instrumentals and fond memories. They were progenitors of glam, metal, hard rock-theater. Below is a link to an under-appreciated song, “The Ballad of Dwight Fry” although having been inducted to the RRHOF most AC aficionados and the like are familiar with this song. Watch, listen and then take on the whole album, you will be glad you did!

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Triptych August 1972

London Calling, an exhibition

July 26 – November 13, 2016 Getty Center

Triptych August 1972, Francis Bacon, oil on three canvases, 1972

If you have ever had the opportunity to see the film, Fox and Friends by Rainer Werner Fassbinder http://www.allmovie.com/movie/v18377 you know what it is like to feel the visceral repugnancy of slaughtered meat, but we watch between our fingers. Francis Bacon’s Triptych August 1972 has the same distancing allure as Fox and Friends. Triptych August 1972 is included in the series of “Black Triptychs” that Bacon painted during the early 1970’s in memory of his lover and model George Dyer. Garish pinks and mauves set against the forced perspective of cool grey’s and black symmetry create an atmosphere of foreboding and decay. Life and near death pause, succumb and disintegrate into the ether of unease.  

Triptych Bacon

Vin Scully Retires

Like most Angelenos everyone knows Vin Scully, the iconic broadcaster for the Los Angeles Dodgers. His amazing voice is recognized the world over. Working for the Dodger organization for 67 years, “Vinny” has witnessed so much in baseball, from the Jackie Robinson days to the move west from Brooklyn to Chavez Ravine, he could even distract us from the LA riots and earthquakes. The stories, the quintessential details of the stories, the strategies of the game within the game, the characters and the heroes of baseball could be reborn at any moment while watching or listening to the Dodgers. There was the communal bond you had with the team, the fans, families and friends alike sharing in his wealth of stories and information, an experience that we all savored but becoming rarer with each passing season. Vin Scully retired last week after broadcasting his final game October 2nd against the Giants in San Francisco. We had a year to prepare but of course that was still not enough time. It was even more bittersweet as the Guggenheim Group (as they are known) the owners of the Dodgers put their fans in a precarious situation in the last few years as they made a crazy financial “deal” that pitted the Time Warner / Charter cable company against 70% of the fan base. The fan base including me were unable to watch the beloved team on Cable much less TV. To do so Dodger fans would have to switch cable companies and pay higher premiums while some folks depending where you lived were unable to make that decision as the Dodger sponsored cable company was not even available in some areas. It’s a mess and Vin Scully is gone and it’s still going to be a mess. The whole greedy situation has turned me off… that a billion-dollar organization and a multibillion-dollar media conglomerate could turn their backs on 70% of the Dodger fan base for the last 3 years including Vin Scully’s final season was a terrible decision on their part. Few can watch them and younger potential fans have moved on to other sports or entertainment possibilities. And this may go on for the next 21 years of the contract or until the team becomes mediocre again… The point is, all this fuss, resentment, frustration and protest cannot bring Vin Scully back, he’s gone and enjoying retirement, but many fans lost a big part of their communal relationship / experience with the team and learned another hard lesson, money ball refers to the corporations that invest and run the MLB and there is little consideration for the everyday fan. So Long Vinny!

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Truth Painting; an excerpt

Excerpt from the article;

Embracing Art and Medicine written by Dan Gordon

David Geffen School of Medicine – Urology Update, Vol.27: No.4

On passing glance, it appears foreign, like a collection of characters in an Asian alphabet, its components sparingly echoed in the surrounding painterly chaos. But if we stop and stare long enough, the word slowly emerges in a grand thematic crescendo. And at the moment of epiphany, when truth finally articulates itself, the reflective material with which the artist chose to build the letters reminds us that our journey within has only just begun.

TRUTH, the work described above by Dr. Mark S. Litwin, UCLA Urology chair, was created by JonMarc Edwards, a Los Angeles artist best known for art that transforms composed writing into pictographic landscapes. Dr. Litwin commissioned his longtime friend to complete the three-dimensional piece, which hangs in a public space where it can be viewed by UCLA Urology patients.

“We wanted this to be not just nice to look at, but also something that would incorporate multiple levels of meaning so that patients who choose to look more closely will have something to think about, perhaps as a distraction from any anxiety they feel,” Mr. Edwards explains. “Using compressed text gives it an abstract appearance at first glance, but when you look a bit longer and break the code, you see that it’s legible. The big ‘truth’ is a mirrored piece of sculpture embedded onto the canvas, so that patients can see their own reflection and contemplate what truth means to them.”

Truth is the foundation on which the doctor-patient relationship is built, Mr. Edwards notes. Seeking truth is also central to the core mission of an academic medical center – striving to unravel the secrets of health and disease and working with trainees to build their skills, as well as serving individuals and populations in interpreting signs and symptoms while dissecting evidence to identify the right course of treatment.

“Art has the potential to take people away from the everyday,” Mr. Edwards says. “It can empower them with information and broaden their perspective.”

And the notion that art, in its many forms, has a place in a urology department is strongly held by Dr. Litwin. “Amid the ever-quickening pace of post-modern American life, words and letters often stream past in meaningless bytes, devoid of the inherent purpose of language,” he says. “This diminishes us. But JonMarc Edwards offers a solution. His sophisticated and engaging work captures our attention and demands that we pause to reconstruct fundamental concepts that are the building blocks of emotion, interaction and intimacy. In medicine, where we not only seek to heal but also to develop relationships with patients and their families, these concepts are at the heart of our work.”

 

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Happy Sad Exhibition

August 6th, 5 – 9 (closing reception)

Happy / Sad, Opens July 8 – Aug 6th, 2016

MARKET in Silver Lake – 612 Silver Lake Blvd., LA CA 90026

Silver Lake

Join MARKET Saturday August 6th, 5 – 9pm for the closing reception to the highly amusing and critically exclaimed collection of Smiley paintings and other related works by JonMarc Edwards. Happy / Sad began as a set piece installation for the performance of d-i-g, showcased at MARKET July 8th. The installation expanded thereafter with an acute awareness to the famous Samuel Beckett quote, “Ever tried, Ever failed, No matter, Try again, Fail again.” Happy / Sad spans the emotional landscape from the cheerfully unconcerned to the mordantly provocative. The archived performance of d-i-g will also be available for viewing.

www.marketstudio.org

Happy Apprehensive

Happy / Apprehensive 2016 Artificial Turf, Button, Lemon

Happy Sad Install

Happy Sad Installation, Mixed media & small painting 2018

Smiley Group Purple

Smiley Group Purple Acrylic, Canvas, Buttons 2016

Fogg Museum

I always enjoy going to the Fogg Museum in Cambridge, Ma. The historic stone building has been recently renovated incorporating a light and airy architectural addition creating great natural lighting; it is perfect for paintings and sculptures. Also you are able to see museum staff and conservators in the workplace at the higher levels of the building repairing or studying a variety of art works. The collection itself has many familiar gems with great transition pieces of well-known artists. As I have been to this museum many times I can now go to a specific area of the Fogg and focus on a few pieces or time period rather than strolling through the whole museum without taking time to concentrate on lesser known works. Make sure you stop by while in Boston.

 

Boucher

François Boucher  Marquis de Pompadour 1750. oil on canvas

Edvard Munch

Edvard Munch Winter Landscape 1915 Oil on canvas

Fogg Museum

Renovated section of Fogg Museum

Paul Klee

Paul Klee Hot Pursuit 1939 Colored paste and oil on paper on jute