In Advance: Pulse Miami Preview / New Work by Jonmarc Edwards

For Immediate Release:                                                                    October 11, 2013

In Advance: Pulse Miami Preview/ New Work by Jonmarc Edwards

Sunday November 3, 11AM – 3PM

Atlas 6x4Jonmarc Edwards ATLAS, 2013. Mixed media on canvas, 88 x 99 inches.

Photo credit: Avesha Michael.

Coagula Curatorial is pleased to feature Jonmarc Edwards at Pulse Miami 2013. You are cordially invited to a private preview at the artist’s studio to view the entire body of work before select pieces ship to Miami.

In his new work, JonMarc’s boundary pushing use of graphic text in painting transcends literal interpretation. Suspended in paint, indecipherable constructed layers whisper in every language at once; unifying and defining us.

In Advance: Pulse Miami Preview is a private, one day preview, specifically for collectors and press before new work ships to Pulse, Miami. This event will be held at the studio of Jonmarc Edwards on Sunday, November 3rd, 2013 from 11AM – 3PM. Light refreshments will be served. The studio of Jonmarc Edwards is located in Culver City at 5574 West Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016, 2 blocks east of the 10 freeway at Clyde Avenue. RSVP to jonmarc@textact.com. For additional information please call 213.880.4520 or visit http://www.jmeartnow.com.

 Jonmarc Edwards

Born to a nomadic family of retail hustlers and small town shopkeepers Jonmarc grew up making produce signs and wrapping gifts for his father’s 5 & 10 stores. Jonmarc’s art began to grow out of this mixture of ink and block printing and his careful attention to gift presentation. As his father’s job evolved into managing stores, art became the only constant in Jonmarc’s life as his education became a revolving door of public schools throughout the Midwest. Eventually Jonmarc would travel all over the U.S. and Japan gathering influences as diverse as calligraphy, punk art and short story writing.

Since 1990, Jonmarc has lived in Los Angeles, finding fertile ground for these interests. He is best known for work that transforms composed writings into concise, legible pictographic landscapes. His work has been individually exhibited in the United States and abroad at galleries that include Apex Art Gallery, NYC , Newspace Gallery and Carl Berg Gallery in Los Angeles, Art Affairs, Amsterdam, Netherlands and the Deborah Colton Gallery in Houston, Texas. Edwards has received numerous grants, awards and commissions including the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation in New York City, the Bush Foundation Artist Fellowship in Minneapolis, MN, the Jerome Foundation in St. Paul, MN and the Neiman-Marcus Memorial Commission in Dallas, Texas.

Edwards diverse interests have led him to create a line of jewelry, costumes and set pieces for the performances of “Looming Bias” performed at Art Center, Pasadena and a billboard series “My Work Is Here,” located at major intersections of Los Angeles. Jonmarc has recently finished “The Truth Collection,” an edition of fifty-leaded crystal sculptures completed in September 2013. The Truth Collection, under the direction of Mark Litwin M.D., MPH. Professor and Chair of the Department of Urology, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, is awarded to graduating residents that exhibit a gift for the sensitive and nurturing practice of patients’ rights advocacy.

 

Coagula Curatorial-

To celebrate twenty years of publishing Coagula Art Journal, acclaimed editor, art critic and curator Mat Gleason opened Coagula Curatorial as a premiere exhibition space of contemporary art. COAGULA CURATORIAL is located in the historic Chung King Road of contemporary art galleries in Downtown L.A.’s Chinatown, the gallery affirms Downtown as a viable location for the creative industries that drive the Los Angeles economy.

Coagula Art Journal was first published in April, 1992, brainchild of Los Angeles writer Mat Gleason. The bimonthly print journal quickly gained notoriety as a no-holds critique of contemporary art and the art world. Championing Los Angeles and mocking New York when the notion of the Big Apple playing second fiddle to “LaLa Land” was considered delusional, the art world as it exists now was envisioned as obvious on the pages of Coagula a generation ago. With over 100 published issues, it is the autonomous companion to the rise of the Los Angeles art scene. The publication continues now as a regular catalogue of Coagula Curatorial shows with Gleason helming publisher and curator duties. Coagula Curatorial is dedicated to the gallery’s exhibition and events calendar.

 

Pulse Miami–

PULSE Contemporary Art Fair is the leading US art fair dedicated solely to contemporary art. Through its annual editions in Miami and New York, PULSE provides a unique platform for diverse galleries to present a progressive blend of renowned and pioneering contemporary artists, alongside an evolving series of original programming. The fair’s distinctive commitment to the art community and visitor experience makes PULSE unique among art fairs and creates an art market experience that is both dynamic and inviting.

Counter Space

Counter Space

Art is

Art

Art is Language

Language is Abstraction

Abstraction is Essence

The essence of abstraction is to embody through language the meaning of art as a mode to express or communicate the ineffable.

The ineffable is represented in language by the counter space, the space around the subject, the illegible form and the in-between silence that gives language meaning.

Meaning becomes a tangible agreement constructed in abstraction.

I create private languages to personify the abstraction.

These private languages become models of interaction further embodying the abstraction.

These models expose an important contradiction in language, fragility and elasticity. Ultimately, revealing the importance of the “counter space,” the abstract component in language.

The abstract in language is physical and concrete in nature. The individual letter, the rules that quantify the behavior of letters, the systematic codification of behavior to communicate is the tangible relationship between art and language.

Whereas the arbitrary agreement-based attributes of language create a contained sense of reality and provide the infinite realm of possibilities, the Counter Space, indistinct, amorphous, silent, is the abstract entity of language, the formidable integration of essences, the true meaning of Art.

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