Jesse Edwards “Dialogue of the Streets” Opening Reception (continued…)
Clayton Patterson for Jesse Edwards
Kembra Pfahler for Jesse Edwards
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!”
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 commissions within 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.
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.
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