glitch – /ɡliCH/
noun – a sudden, usually temporary malfunction or irregularity
The images in GLITCH were gathered during cable broadcasts as the frame pixelated and froze, which allowed me time to grab my camera (or phone) and capture the image, a suspension of representation. These screen freezes occurred at home, restaurants or airports, anywhere there were screen transmissions. Much of the subject matter is news, entertainment, weather and sports, our daily bread. All the images are the result of transmission failure, data breakdown and picture fragmentation rather than any purposeful distortion using magnets or software.
Despite the arbitrary circumstances of the GLITCH aberrations they also represent our post-truth age where science, facts and reality are distorted to create confusion, doubt and fake news. It is also compelling that many of the abstract images are symptoms of our socio-political disintegration; capturing meaningless debates, war, commercialism, frozen in time from an unstable technology.
Initially I was attracted to the happenstance of the “Glitches,” the unique compositions of rich color, intriguing patterns and perplexing form randomly determined by the whereabouts and age of the transmitting screen. But ultimately it was the appeal of the visceral pause, the vibration of the technical stutter, a cultural metaphor for our current state of corruption and instability.
Bathers by the River – Henri Matisse, 1916
Gray. Matisse gray. For an artist who is known for his extravagant, vivid and uncompromising use of color, it is his gray palette that always attracts and punctuates my interest in Matisse’s painting. There is no mythology to Matisse gray, no academic treatise or “gray period” as far as I know but there is a raison d’etre that I have come to realize manifesting in his mid-teen paintings, culminating in; Portrait of Mme. Matisse, the Moroccan’s, the Piano Lesson and Bathers by the River. The muted gray colors could reference the harsh and stripped down war years of WWI, the influential Cubists’ with their partiality for gray, ochres and neutrals – a period that Matisse circled but did not join, Moroccan architecture (stone) where he traveled during this time or in the case of “Bathers,” a coming of age reference. More to come regarding this painting and Matisse Gray.
Chicago Institute of Art, Sep. 2017
SOCial POP opens at MARKET in Silver Lake!
Time: August 5th, 5 -8pm.
Through the use of iconic, popular and mass media imagery SOC.POP comments and explores on the current social and political climate. Humorous and irreverent the exhibition will include paintings, multimedia and live performances. A kiosk will be installed for visitors to attach their own personal comments or images.
Text dispersion through mechanical (Shaker Painting) or technological devices (computer, internet) allows the poet, the would-be-poet or otherwise creative bystander the access and therefore the initiative to produce meaningful word groupings aka poetry.
That the actions occur with volition and with the objective to “express” makes for a dynamic environment to create.
Poetry initiated through Text Dispersion methods is primarily a group objective, culminating from a random set of circumstances but direct in its effort to be expressive.
Creative group intent is an evocative, resplendent and sublime experience.
The creative action produces immediate results through physical acts and mental focus.
Content generated by the means of text dispersion becomes the substance for group discussions regarding publishing, distribution or other poetic documentation.
Poetry is not only an academic occupation but more importantly a group endeavor enjoyed by professionals and neophytes alike with a focus on stimulating the mind and the senses.
Please incorporate time code and longitude and latitude in the documentation when doing all group Text Dispersion action poetry.
American (Leavenworth KS. 1959)
Gray Kinda Suits
Mixed media on Canvas
36 x 48 inches 2017
Since deciding to remain obscure and create for the most part in isolation JonMarc has produced work in media that range from small paintings to monumental set pieces. In this mixed media collage on wood panel Gray Kinda Suits* he composes laser cut stencils (mechanical uniformity) on a previously discarded painting to create a dialogue between the gray labyrinthine under-structure of the old painting and the “painterly vibrancy” of the new.
Rather than choose to destroy or gesso over in its entirety the previous work JM uses this opportunity to create a dialogue between abandonment and revitalization. The colors preform and stand out from the monochromatic gray and in doing so unmask the former painting’s intention; confuse, monotony, languish.
Edwards work evokes the recognizable imagery of Jasper Johns or more recently Christopher Wool. But rather than let the stencil stand on its own merit or function JonMarc uses the ready-made templates and brushy color schemes to obscure past meanings and actions to form new “exertions” between past and present. Edwards reveals the camouflage of ready-made and artistic gesture as tools to help express how even seemingly innocuous an overt art strategies can band together to create vital new works from past miscalculations.
*Grateful Dead title / ref
My friend Ando Pndlian and I collaborated on a “Exquisite Corpse” piece for a group show at Keystone Gallery in downtown LA. It was a fun experience and the piece we created (see below) was a surprise and extremely inventive. We plan to do more work together!
June 6, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THE DEBRITI SHOW, An interactive installation by JonMarc Edwards
July 1 – July 22, 2017
Artist Reception: Friday July 14 5-9PM
A.P.E. Gallery http://www.apearts.org/arc.html
126 Main Street, Northampton, MA
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 12-5, Friday 12-8
413-586-5553 / apearts.org
“The Debriti Show” is brought to you by A.P.E.’s 2017 summer series ARC, activate, research, create. ARC is A.P.E.’s second curated summer program – continuing the investigation of a contemporary art gallery as an active space within the community. This summer, from June 26 to August 5, 2017, we will host four projects that consist of collaborative performance, a textual interactive installation, video installation/live performance, and immersive sound installation. During each project, lasting one to two weeks, the artist will create and shape work in the gallery space, which will be open to the public through a variety of workshops, performances, and interactive installations.
From July 7 – 22, “The Debriti Show” will occupy the A.P.E. gallery. “The Debriti Show,” created by JonMarc Edwards, is an interactive installation that comments on the power of language and communication. It is set in what at first appears to be an apothecary or medical marijuana dispensary, but rather than weed, it dispenses text, words and poetry. The various typefaces are made from biodegradable materials and sold by the word, poem or weight. Participants of the Debriti Show are encouraged to explore their relationship to language by exploring texts physical form or by asking one of the “word-tenders” for their guidance. In our current political climate and in a world where much of our communication takes place in 140 character tweets, the Debriti Show could not be more timely!
“Debriti represents a new relationship with language. Debriti goes beyond the inherent “meaning” contained in letter and words and taps into text’s physical concrete attributes and releases an energetic force that can possibly transform your daily life.”
JonMarc Edwards is a Los Angeles-based conceptual artist and painter. He is best known for his work that transforms composed writings into concise, legible pictographic paintings, sculptures and prints. JonMarc has recently finished “The Truth Collection,” an edition of fifty crystal sculptures for Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Currently Jonmarc is exhibiting “The Debriti Show! A Textual Experience” throughout Southern California.
If the traffic gods are with me and I can find parking I stop in at the new-ish “Matcha Bar” on Sunset and get my iced matcha (no dairy) tea. It gives me a quality flow in the morning and is a nice calorie suppressant, no desire for carbs… Alfred’s on the other side of the street is my Plan B, take that traffic gods…