Nuclear Headless Family – May 9th, 2014 NYC
Too many paintings highlight the Coagula booth in this years Scope Art Fair, NYC. It is always a challenge as to how many art works to show in a limited space in a limited amount of time but it seems in this case too many artist spoil the the ability to focus on any one painting. My opinion is to always go the less is more route and show one or two artist and have plenty of books and visual aids to help garner interest in other artist from the gallery’s stable.
COAGULA CURATORIAL at PULSE NEW YORK
MAY 8 – 11, 2014
The Metropolitan Pavilion
New York, NY
Coagula Curatorial is pleased to be included in this year’s PULSE New York art fair, with new works by:
Abel Alejandre, Mark Dutcher, Jonmarc Edwards, Ian Pines, Leigh Salgado, and Carol Sears
Coagula continues its run of the art fair circuit with a survey of recent works by 6 Los Angeles artists. Coagula’s
exhibit at PULSE is located at booth # C5, in the newly designed fair layout, under the direction of new fair director,
Since 2005, PULSE Contemporary Art Fair has nurtured galleries and created an international community for them
to grow within the contemporary art market.
PULSE combines thoughtfully curated exhibitions with an evolving series of programming, which reflects the fair’s
commitment to making the visitor experience a dynamic one.
Under the leadership of Helen Toomer, newly appointed director, PULSE New York 2014 will present a revitalized
platform for the discovery of contemporary art and will continue to demonstrate the fair’s commitment to the
exchange of ideas from pioneering and seasoned artists.
May 31 – June 21, 2014
Coagula Curatorial is pleased to present its first solo exhibition by LA based artist Jonmarc Edwards. There will be an opening reception for the artist Saturday May 31, 6-9pm. This show will feature work from Jonmarc’s provocative and tactile series of paintings, Mid-City. Named after the location of Jonmarc’s studio in Los Angeles, Mid-City integrates the topography of information and textual fallout with an array of mixed materials, distinctive color and bold compositions.
“The activity of painting is in part, the application of the past with the mixing of the new in preparation for the future. I see painting as an action and a consciousness of place, not limited to materials or form. My inclination is to communicate and challenge the viewer visually and then entice them into the realm of the un-said. Painting is the medium where the art is the activism of creative self-expression.”
Highly original yet containing the familiarity of the everyday, Edwards’ paintings contain layers of content while simultaneously engaging the viewer with activity and purpose. His work is thought-filled while remaining loose, candid and willing to follow a path of instinct rather than a pattern of style.
Jonmarc is best known for his 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, 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, St. Paul, MN and the Neiman-Marcus Memorial Commission, Dallas, Texas.
Edwards diverse interests include set and costume pieces for dance and performance including; “Corral” at CalPoly Pomona, “Looming Bias” and “Intelligent Living” performed at Art Center, Pasadena. Jonmarc has also presented a billboard series “My Work Is Here,” located at major intersections around Los Angeles. Jonmarc has recently finished “The Truth Collection,” an edition of fifty-leaded crystal sculptures. It is the result of his commissioned painting, TRUTH completed in September 2012. “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.
Located at Rowena & Glendale Blvd., the old Silverlake Bar (now Michelangelo’s) had a pool table, dartboard with a mishmash of small table and chairs. By the end they had a 3.2 beer license and still plenty of fistfights. I was told when I shot this photo that the regulars just brought their own alcohol and used the place as a hang out. The window painting was from the early “60’s”. It was destroyed during remolding for a coffee house.
I will be exhibiting some childhood art with Project Art, an award-winning nonprofit arts org. based in NYC that provides free arts classes to underprivileged youth. Please check them out at this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VABrrVFSeEQ or visit their booth at the Pulse Art Fair NYC, May 8 – 11, 2014
Title: Girl Cop
Artist: jonmarc edwards
Media: Construction paper, collage, charcoal, crayon
Size: 18 x 12 inches
Date: 1966 (age 6)
Note: Original signature on the back