Meet Concrete Language Artist JonMarc Edwards

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In a way language itself is JonMarc Edwards’ ingenious medium — however he’s nonetheless a visible artist, and his studio fabrics are as tangible and bodily as a portray, set up or sculpture could be. It’s extra right kind to mention that for Edwards, language is his matter, and its qualities are the formal armature on which he hangs his conceptual meditations. Each Western and Jap alphabets, numerals and pictographs are the shapes and content material working in his paintings, along side strident strains and saturated palettes. His textual content and semiotic signifiers exist as summary components in his compositions and preparations, as some way of mark-making that comprises its personal iota of that means whilst additionally launching colourful, advanced or even poetic artworks. His new display of works made throughout pandemic lockdown each deepen their private mental narratives and enact the type of mindful recombining of what used to be with regards to hand which mirror that have of shared isolation.

JonMarc Edwards: Meditations Upon a Jam

L.A. WEEKLY: When did you first know you have been an artist?

JONMARC EDWARDS: When I used to be in kindergarten, my finger portray, BOY, used to be decided on for a gaggle display of Orange County grade-schoolers. The exhibition happened on the newly constructed Hunt Library (designed via William Pereira) in Fullerton, CA. One thing clicked when I walked into the doorway corridor with my oldsters and noticed the easels, the observe lighting fixtures, and my paintings positioned on the heart of the distance beneath the top ceilings. From that second on all I sought after to do used to be fill clean surfaces with my artwork; which at 5 supposed coloring bed room partitions, scribbling sidewalk chalk cartoons, and drawing magic marker pores and skin tattoos. I nonetheless have that very same impulse, simply other media and venues.

JonMarc Edwards: Gentle X 4

What’s your brief solution to those who ask what your paintings is set?

My paintings is set making the Language of artwork a visceral and tactile revel in. I see Language as a 6th component (or 119th in case you are speaking atomic construction) and one thing to be taken critically like Democracy or Local weather Trade. It’s advanced in nature however as herbal for many folks as studying a tweet.

My older paintings explored the composition and effort launched via codes or composed Characters. Those considerations (no longer CONCERNS) migrated into the feel of phrases and texts to the purpose of concrete prose artwork and an immersive letter-form dispensary (Debriti). As my paintings explores the excitement of visible contact and the that means of ingenious acts, I’m all the time excited by tactics my paintings unearths my unstated self and connects to the viewer’s subconscious.

My paintings can also be noticed as Vigorous Meditations. I’m all the time happy and really feel I’ve achieved significant paintings when other people come as much as me at a display and say how excited a specific piece makes them really feel, how they wish to paint or create one thing after they go back house. When it’s “on,” my paintings turns into a catalyst for the viewer to both ask extra questions on intent or stare and get misplaced within the ingenious meditation.

JonMarc Edwards: Flat Paint

What would you be doing should you weren’t an artist?

Hmmm, most probably a thermoplastic road-marking operator. I love the fitting paintings in a large-scale structure. Producing miles of strains or stenciling arrows, zebra stripes and elongated, raised monosyllabic phrases on asphalt or concrete; Forestall, Bump, No Turns, and so on. this could go well with my sensibilities really well particularly on a wilderness freeway within the iciness.


Did you pass to artwork faculty? Why/Why no longer?  

I went to artwork faculty on the Minneapolis Faculty of Artwork & Design. I used to be eager about filmmaking, making motion pictures in an artwork historic context. I progressively switched to portray, holding many cinematic qualities in my paintings; time, symbol, mild vs. darkish… MCAD had a colourful visiting artist program; Joan Jonas, James Hayward, Mike Kelly, Tony Oursler, Vito Acconci, Suzanne Lacy, to call a couple of. It used to be heady instances with lots of the MCAD scholars placing selection and experimental theories into motion. Scholars felt like they might use any media to be had to them to pursue their concepts. The limits of quite a lot of mediums merely broke down for many people, and we started to do efficiency portray and sculptural motion pictures. Individually, I’ve persevered to push the bounds of my art-making with immersive installations, occupational performances and a touring textual content dispensary.


Why do you dwell and paintings in L.A., and no longer somewhere else?

I used to be born right into a nomadic circle of relatives of retail hustlers and small-town shopkeepers and landed in Orange County when I used to be 3 after which therefore yanked from Southern California in the second one grade, transferring everywhere the Midwest for the following seven years. After highschool, I traveled across the U.S., in the end hitchhiking the Pacific Northwest. I entered artwork faculty again in Minneapolis as I discussed. Later, after a stint in NYC, I met up with some artist buddies in Los Angeles. I loved the glide of the artists’ sensibility, outside studios, nature within the city setting, and a plethora of freelance alternatives. In the long run, it used to be a commute to Baja that sealed the deal, returning to Los Angeles, it felt like house.

JonMarc Edwards: Madrid

When used to be your first display?

My first business exhibition used to be 1989 on the Heart for Fresh Artwork in Chicago. I moved to L.A. quickly thereafter and had my first display in Los Angeles at Newspace in 1994. This used to be additionally my first display of MERGE artwork or textual content compressions. Visually, those have been patterns of data/content material that had a resemblance to Asian Characters. Audience have been offered with a choice to passively have a look at the outside of the artwork or actively interact thereby revealing the spirit of the display. The good fortune of that frame of labor has therefore stimulated many beguiling tangents and discoveries.

When is/used to be your present/most up-to-date/subsequent display or undertaking?

Thanks for asking… Integrating Subject at Subject Studio Gallery (Opening December 19, 4-7pm; Artist Dialog January ninth 2-4pm; Last January sixteenth 4-7pm. Karla Funderburk is a truly creative and gifted curator. It will be touchy-feely for the eyes however with some patented JMe mind musings.


What artist residing or lifeless would you maximum like to turn or paintings with?

Concrete artist Augusto de Campos, his wisdom and style is humbling. My pal, and musician, Thollem McDonas, is any person I did a brief live-action piece with however would revel in taking part with once more on a bigger scale. Glaring, visionary, and intense creator/artists like Laurie Anderson, Suzan-Lori Parks encourage me visually. I’ve additionally had the consideration to paintings with the visible artist and sculptor, Ewerdt Hilgemann a number of instances and would find irresistible to do it once more. Teka Lark, poet and youngsters’s writer may be any person who I observe from afar and would revel in taking part with on a undertaking.

JonMarc Edwards: Stays the Day

Do you pay attention to track when you paintings? If that is so, what?

When I’m running within the studio I really like to hear the prevailing sounds of Silver Lake Blvd. A stimulating cacophony of side road noises; rushing vehicles, semi vehicles, alarms, emergency cars, skate boarders, chirpy birds, barking canine, mild chatter. This helps to keep me creatively in-tune and acutely aware of my setting whilst centered at the process handy. On a daily basis is a brand new association of frequency and arbitrary sounds.

However once in a while, I will be able to pay attention to classical track, Haydn, Schumann, and Schoenberg are my favorites, or get away some vinyl from my idiosyncratic selection of 60’s to recent rarities.

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Updated: December 22, 2021 — 1:54 am