OPENING (Part 2): Jesse Edwards – Dialogue of the Streets at Klughaus Gallery

Jesse Edwards “Dialogue of the Streets” Opening Reception (continued…)


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Clayton Patterson for Jesse Edwards


Kembra Pfahler for Jesse Edwards


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This limited book of Jesse’s work quickly sold out at the opening. We are taking pre-orders for more if you are interested!

Dash Snow tribute portraits in Jesse Edward’s book.

“The anonymous mask was inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement. The painting is from a mask I purchased at a Halloween store and then tacked to my wall and painted it from life. The anonymous mask coincides with the underworld and the graffiti movement and the anonymity that cloaks these artists from the mainstream/the rest of the world.

The anonymous idea behind the (Guy Fawkes) mask was interesting. While I painting it, I started really thinking about what this type of image is representative of, the 99% and all. I feel it. I’m sympathetic to a lot of their ideology, as far as sharing the wealth. But I’m an American, and I believe that with handwork you can achieve a lot of things by yourself. The mask is just an image of the movement, and I don’t necessarily share the same values. You know, I’m a poor person, but I don’t want to live in a communist state.” (Excerpt taken from a recent interview that Jesse did with 12ozProphet)

“I painted this marijuana plant from life. On the west coast, the laws regarding medical marijuana use are very liberal and one can easily apply for an application. Growing up my whole life, this was a forbidden fruit, so suddenly having an opportunity to cultivate marijuana was very interesting. This is the first marijuana plant I have ever grown. I believe the strain is Grandma Kush. It is lit from above with a high pressure sodium light. I included a small piece candle and some nutrients on top of a copper table.”

“These guns were given to me by my father. Pretty much, all I ever got from him was these two guns and a belt buckle… Thanks Dad!”

ceramic anonymous mask and 9-11 television

ceramic spray paint cans

We first reached out to Jesse Edwards at the end of last year to see if he was interested in doing our first show of 2012 at Klughaus Gallery.  Despite some of the past stories and articles about him (and his older brother,) he was actually very humble and positive on the phone.  It turned out that we had some mutual friends in New York/Seattle and he was immediately on board and excited to make this one of his best shows yet.  Within a few hours of accepting our invitation, he already returned the favor by flooding our inbox with leads to several aerosol art jobs in New York.  We ended up completing most of those aerosol commissionswithin the same week and right away, we knew that Jesse was going to be a very reliable artist to work with!

Working with Jesse over the last few weeks in New York, we were quickly exposed to his strong work ethic.  Anything that we asked of him was done immediately without any complaints.  He doesn’t drink or do drugs anymore, so any free time that he’s had since he’s been out here has been spent painting non-stop.  Jesse is also a guy that can get things done on the spot by being resourceful with his environment and coming up with ideas on the fly.  That definitive quality shows through his artwork, both in the streets and in his gallery work.  I have nothing but respect for Jesse and I think that he is a perfect example of someone who is able to channel the so-called “negative” energy of their past into something much more positive in their life through art.

<< READ PART 1 OF JESSE EDWARDS OPENING RECAP

Upcoming: Jesse Edwards will be contributing to a new exhibit, “Universe of Desire” at the Museum of Sex in New York City.  The show runs from February 9th through November 4, 2012.

Links to other reviews of the Dialogue of the Streets show:
12ozProphet – “Recap: Jesse Edwards “Dialogue of the Streets” at Klughaus Gallery
Fresh Paint NYC – “RECAP: JESSE EDWARDS: DIALOGUE OF THE STREETS
Rad Collector – “Dialogue of the Streets
Supply and Demand – “Jesse Edwards “Dialogue of the Streets

Jesse Edwards “Dialogue of the Streets” will be on display through February 12, 2012.

Gallery Hours:
Thurs. & Fri. 1-7pm
Sat. & Sun. 12-6pm
*Viewing appointments available any other time.

Klughaus Gallery
47 Monroe Street
New York, NY 10002
info@klughaus.net
646-801-6024

Transportation:
F to East Broadway
M15/M15 Select to Madison St. x Catherine St.

OPENING: Jesse Edwards – Dialogue of the Streets at Klughaus Gallery (Part 1)

Below are some photos from the Jesse Edwards “Dialogue Of The Streets” opening at Klughaus Gallery on Friday the 13th (1/13/2012.)  Thanks to everyone who trooped it out to the Lower “Far East” Side in Chinatown on such a cold night.  It was a great turn out and the gallery was packed through out the evening with wonderful people and amazing art by Jesse!  A special thanks to Bomb Lager for sponsoring us with refreshments (that people thought were energy drinks at first, but were very happy when they realized it was beer!)


Jesse Edwards talking about his ceramic pieces to Judy Rifka. Most of the ceramic pieces were sold within the first hour of the show!


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For each of the pieces in this show, we created mobile optimized web pages that could be accessed by scanning different QR codes next to the pieces.  The web pages contained the description of the particular piece in Jesse’s words along with some additional photos of the work in progress.  If you know Jesse, you know that he can definitely talk “art” for a long time!  His stories and reasons behind painting his pieces were really interesting, so we wanted to share the insight rather than just displaying the work itself.  At the opening, the tech-savvy people familiar with the QR codes started scanning away.  There are a number of free QR reader apps for Blackberry, iPhone, and Android that we suggest you download if you are coming to check out the show!


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For those who do not have a fancy phone, we added some sample excerpts from the QR code scans below the paintings in this post.  If you want to read the rest, come by the show!  Free WiFi is also available at the gallery.


“I used to frequent the casinos with my friend LEWY. Over the course of six months, I lost my entire life savings. At many casinos, at the reception desk upon leaving, they have a basket of used playing cards and candy. I arranged a house of cards from one of these packs to paint. I guess this is making the best of the situation. The dice rolled are turned to the number six and six is a good number to play when playing dice. I would consider this is a good luck piece.”

“This painting depicts somewhat taboo objects painted in the color orange. While I was attending art school, the colorist Charles Emerson was an instructor of mine who I respected. He told me that the color orange was bad. As a result, I tried to use as many “bad” things in the color orange to make a “bad” painting. On the table, you can see a pill jar tipped over with some mysterious white powder laid out with a razor that says “Happy Days.” The artist John Currin would frequently switch up his manner in painting to have a painting with various different treatments of different parts with his brush to create a more complex image. I tried to do this with the pixelating technique to the oranges. You can also see how this is somewhat of a transitional piece between my styles that I use to portray objects and people.”

“The Jesus painting was inspired by all of my dark paintings that I have created. I thought it would be nice to do something a little more uplifting that represents something that is positive and redeeming. I also find contemporary religious artwork quite rare and thought it would be interesting to do something modern of such an old school concept.”

“The Tompkins Square painting was one of six in a series I did when i was is staying at 10th and A Street in the East Village. The New York Times did a brief article about the try outs for the work of art show on the Bravo network. I was featured at the end of the article and my photograph was taken and this was the painting in that image.”

“This is an oil painting I did from a photograph of six African American lesbian women engaging in group sex. For the original composition, I rendered the orgy in a traditional style. But upon having the image around and having to spend time with it, I found it to be just a little too offensive. Around this time, I began to experiment with my pixelated images in oil painting. So, I thought I might make it into something a little more visually pleasing to myself by pixelating the image. I ended up “censoring” it to its current state.”

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Upcoming: Jesse Edwards will be contributing to a new exhibit, “Universe of Desire” at the Museum of Sex in New York City.  The show runs from February 9th through November 4, 2012.

Links to other reviews of the Dialogue of the Streets show:
12ozProphet – “Recap: Jesse Edwards “Dialogue of the Streets” at Klughaus Gallery
Fresh Paint NYC – “RECAP: JESSE EDWARDS: DIALOGUE OF THE STREETS
Rad Collector – “Dialogue of the Streets
Supply and Demand – “Jesse Edwards “Dialogue of the Streets

Jesse Edwards “Dialogue of the Streets” will be on display through February 12, 2012.

Gallery Hours:
Thurs. & Fri. 1-7pm
Sat. & Sun. 12-6pm
*Viewing appointments available any other time.

Klughaus Gallery
47 Monroe Street
New York, NY 10002
info@klughaus.net
646-801-6024

Transportation:
F to East Broadway
M15/M15 Select to Madison St. x Catherine St.

[VIDEO] Jesse Edwards – Dialogue of the Streets at Klughaus

Jesse Edwards
“Dialogue of the Streets”
Opening: January 13, 2012 6-10pm
Klughaus Gallery
47 Monroe Street
New York, NY 10002
rsvp@klughaus.net

Jesse Edwards – “Dialogue of the Streets” from Klughaus Gallery on Vimeo.

Thanks to Tom Gould for putting this together so quickly with limited footage.

MOODY MUTZ “Absolute Addict” Piece Stolen in LES

MOODY MUTZ had a series of four wood panels on display at Woodward Gallery’s outdoor project space on Eldridge Street in the LES. Unfortunately, one of the pieces was stolen the other evening (MOODY “Absolute Addict”, acrylic on wood panel, 68 x 44 inches.)


Photo taken from Hyperallergic Blog

Our advice to Woodward Gallery would be to at least use some tamper proof screws in the future (just as an added measure of security.)  At the same time, I guess it’s all part of the nature of graffiti and street art.  We just hope our insurance rates don’t go up with all this recent “art theft” business.

Read more on this incident over at:
http://evgrieve.com/2012/01/absolute-theft-at-woodward-gallery.html

MOODY MUTZ contributed to our inaugural show, Home For The Holidays last month that was a huge success.  If you want to help him out and get your hands on an awesome piece (the legit way), he has one piece left from the show. To show our support, Klughaus Gallery is not going to take any commission for this sale.  Below is an image of the piece:

Klughaus Gallery - Moody Mutz

Moody Mutz
“Black and Guido”
$400

If interested, please contact info@klughaus.net or give us a call at 646-801-6024.