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MID CITY press release

Coagula Curatorial

Jonmarc Edwards


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.

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