During my recent meander through LACMA I decided to briefly reflect in a “bloggy” kind of way on three icons of 20th century art. Three major artist whose work has helped shape how we see and consume (I mean that in a commercial/financial way of course) art but whose stature has been questioned recently as purveyors of questionable personal judgement or simply bad behavior. Perhaps these qualities enhanced their artistic aura and hence give the work an edge and might even help explain their popularity. In a crass way, I am speaking of a misogynist, a manslaughterer and an emotionally detached automaton. I am referring to Picasso, Pollack and Warhol. I, for one am a fan of these artists’ work, as well as their mythic narratives, but I couldn’t help but wonder if their personal lives might at some point force people to reconsider their oeuvre. Will the art market ever price in the emotional and personal costs left in an artists’ wake?
Pablo Picasso, Man and Women
1969 oil on canvas
Jackson Pollock, Number 15
1956, oil on Masonite
Andy Warhol, Campbell Soup Can
Oil on Canvas, 1964
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.
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.
JonMarc at the Debriti Dispensary, Beyond Baroque, Venice CA 2017
No Ego, Beyond Baroque, Venice, CA 2017
Text Pile Mike Kelly Gallery – Beyond Baroque, Venice CA 2017