Paris Commune, 1871 is a multi-layered painting of a bird’s eye view of a Paris street scene that captures the energy, history and beauty of this mythic city. I wanted to treat the subject and place with a sense of mystery but keep it accessible to the eye, allowing the viewer to appreciate the composition and deliberate color choices in the painting. The bric-a-brac suggestion of meandering roads and alleys evoke a bygone era but also Paris’ rich and vital history. Many battles have occurred on these streets and it was important to me to make that clear in this piece, hence my use of smoky hues and smatterings of blood red and gun metal grays. The dots signify the feeling that at some point in history something important has happened on almost every street corner in Paris. The names of famous and obscure Parisians who fought during the commune siege function as street signs or destinations and more than a few actually do have streets named after them. The painting as a whole then becomes a travelogue for the mind’s eye with points of interest, familiar places as well as romantic destinations. I would hope viewers that are interested in this piece would wander into the historically rich and fascinating times of the Paris Commune, 1871.
Paris Commune, 1871
Mixed media on panel, 30” x 40”
What Is Debriti?
The dictionary will in time define Debriti; as a compound word composed from the words debris + graffiti) Debriti is composed of 3D letters or fragments of texts that have been purposely dropped, thrown or placed illicitly in a public or private space to call attention to itself and make political, personal or artistic declarations.
A metaphor for and more importantly, an antidote to the proliferation of words, hateful speeches, status updates, blogs and tweets, DEBRITI can be used to take concrete action to protest excessive and hyperbolic media as well as state/corporate surveillance. DEBRITI has been left on street corners, doorsteps, and on neighbors’ bookshelves.
Drop DEBRITI trails in retail stores or pile it into the corners of your home for good luck. Cast your DEBRITI to the wind, drop it off cliffs or place it under your pillow. DEBRITI should be used with care, wisely and with regard to those who might encounter DEBRITI. This relationship between dispersal of DEBRITI and sharing the action of spreading text or language is essential to the experience. Used properly DEBRITI is more powerful than any drug.
DEBRITI is sold at participating dispensaries or apothecaries. It is 100% natural, recycled and biodegradable. Letterforms and counter-space (the formations around and inside the letterforms) can be purchased together or separately. Debriti brand uses the highest quality pressed chipboard, cut in Los Angeles from the finest precision lasers and hand selected.
What will you do with your DEBRITI ?
Debriti© is the brand name and trademark for laser cut letterforms and is sold under copyright of artist jonmarc edwards and Debriti Brands©
Poet Teka Lark will be doing a reading at MARKET, Saturday November 7th at 6pm. Her book “Queen of Inglewood” will be out on Punkhostage Press in early 2016.
Teka Lark is a journalist, essayist, poet and independent publisher. She is the founder of the Blk Grrrl Book Fair. Her book “Queen of Inglewood” will be out on Punk Hostage Press in early 2016. She is also the founder and publisher of the radical community newspaper the Morningside Park Chronicle (MPC) and the BrickBat Revue Broadsheet. The MPC is a print newspaper that covers South Central LA and Inglewood and the BrickBat Revue is a broadsheet that covers poetry and art.
She is a segment producer on KPFK’s Feminist Magazine. Her writing has appeared in the LA Weekly, Ebony, Counterpunch, Time, LA Streetsblog and Zócalo Public Square. She was formerly the Tracks columnist at LA City Beat. She is a proud alumna of Mount St. Mary’s College, the best little women’s college in the west. She lives in the neighborhood of Morningside Park in Inglewood, California with her cat Fish.
Manual Text is a textual dispensary center conveniently located at MARKET off the 101 Freeway in Silver Lake Ca. Manual Text offers the post-modern consumer a comfortable and clean environment to peruse and purchase a variety of textual products. We call these textual products, DEBRITI.
Why do we need DEBRITI? DEBRITI represents a new relationship and understanding we have with text, that is; beyond the inherent “meaning,” text contain physical attributes of energetic force that can empower your daily life. Letters, words, characters and the myriad of arrangements and systems that utilize these graphic notations to communicate and emote have “meaning,” “expression” and “practicality” in the concrete (physical) form as well as the conceptual or idea based attributes; writing and speech.
How many times have you wanted to throw words back into someone’s face? (Please use our Air variety Debriti for this purpose only) Throw “Caution” to the wind or gently lay some positive thoughts on the precipice of a mountain? Now you can with 100% all natural, recycled and biodegradable Debriti. Our counter sales force will help prescribe or assist you in your decision making process regarding what you actually need to give you more Z-I-P and D-A-S-H in your step, fill that hollow part in your soul, behold that word that might just turn your luck around or create that visceral phrase that will help you even the score with an over zealous co-worker. With DEBRITI you can now literally drop some S-C-I-E-N-C-E.
Manual Text dispensary offers many varieties of Debriti and options to choose. Including our one-word packets, the “AIR” variety that flutters at a breath, Rare Pink Keepsake, or our standard bag of Green, Red or White 100% all natural Debriti. Manual Text will help empower your life through Debriti! Ask our inspired sales force how you can get involved with the Debriti revolution, the new way to let words speak as loud as actions!
Debriti (/dā-brē-‘ti/; compound word, composed from the words debris + graffiti) are 3D materials or fragments that have been dropped, thrown or placed illicitly or permitted on the ground, floor or other supporting structure, often in a public space.
jonmarc edwards, 2014
WELCOME A NEW GENRE TO THE ART WORLD: DEBRITI
PRESS RELEASE October 27, 2015
Coagula Curatorial introduces new body of work by artist JonMarc Edwards at a new exhibition space called MARKET in Silver Lake, Saturday November 7th, 1-7 pm and Sunday, November 8th, noon – 4 pm.
The opening is an interactive installation highlighting JonMarc’s simple adage to “Make Art.” MARKET is the artwork so once you arrive you will be making art, how much you want to participate is up to you.
MARKET is located at 612 Silver Lake Blvd, 90026. Plenty of street parking is available but please pay attention to all street signs and traffic conditions.
DEBRITI opens Saturday November 7th 1-7 pm and Sunday, November 8th, noon-5 pm. The installation will be open through December by appointment
MAKE ART! JME -Silverlake, CA 2015
Erik Wesselo’s 56 Beaver St.
Story by Erik Wesselo & J.M.Edwards
Screenplay by J.M.Edwards
“56 Beaver St.” is a book of photos and a screenplay. It is a story and an accumulation of Erik Wesselo’s experience as a foreign exchange art student in NYC during the 9/11 crises and the aftermath that played out in his life in America during that time.
“56 Beaver St.” the screenplay is a story about a foreign exchange student who experiences 9/11 first hand as his home 56 Beaver St. is condemned in the aftermath of the catastrophic event. He overcomes homelessness and a nomadic existence and with a bit of luck secures a vehicle where he escapes the upheaval of NYC and drives the U.S. interstate to Los Angeles to seek a dream and find a way back to reality. However, dreams have a way of getting in the way of reality…
“56 Beaver St.” explores the issues of being an outsider in a familiar culture, the trauma of PTSD and living / existing during a time of great cultural upheaval presented in a poetic-realism sensibility.