Jesse Edwards – “Blacksheep”

Jesse Edwards – Blacksheep
Reception: February 29th, 2020, 6 – 9 pm
No Gallery – 961 Chung King Rd Los Angeles CA 90012

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No Gallery is pleased to present “Blacksheep,” our first solo presentation of Jesse Edwards, opening on Friday, February 29th 2020 at 1115 South La Brea Ave, LA CA 90036. “Blacksheep” showcases twelve new ceramic and painted works devoted to the pleasures of Americana and the fallacies of pop culture. Edwards’ ceramic glazing techniques are a transformed, contemporary take on 20th-century Dutch painting and Chinese porcelain craft.

Blacksheep” is charged with undertones of sexuality, religion, and consumer culture– featuring nostalgic objects and icons with hidden libidos. Occupying the first room, three vampy still life paintings of dried roses mirror three ceramic houses of playing cards under dim spotlights. In the backroom, three gilded, ceramic relief sculptures of RVC televisions play static scenes of Schultz’s Peanuts. Edwards groups each series in threes to allude to the religious vernacular of the Trinity to strengthen his critique of consumer conditioning, under the aura of a gallery space that is reminiscent of a cathedral.

Jesse Edwards (b. 1977) – Highlights: 2019, Ed. Varie East Village NYC, “Pot Shop”, Museo Jumex, group show, “Scripted Reality: The Life and Art of Television”, “Card House”, Diane Rosenstein Gallery, group show, 2018 “Clay Today”, The Hole, group show, New York. “HotTown”, Diane Rosenstein Gallery Solo show. 2017, “This time, this place.” Los Angeles, 6817 Melrose in Miami Florida, group show, “It’s All Good” Diane Rosenstein Gallery, Los Angeles,New Release Gallery, “See the words I can’t say”, solo exhibition of ceramics, lower Manhattan New York City. 2015, Los Angeles “Let Watch T.V. All Day” solo exhibition curated by Vito Schnabel Jeffrey Deitch’s “Coney Art Walls” Sotheby’s Wallflowers, 2014 Vito Schnabel Presents Jesse Edwards and Eric Brunetti. 2013, Vito Schnabel and David Rimanelli, DSM-V The Hole NYC, summer group show. 2012, The Hole NYC, Portrait of a Generation Museum of Sex NYC “Universe of Desire” Klughaus Gallery, Solo show New York City. 2011, COCA, Center on Contemporary Art, Unsanctioned, group show Dealers Choice. Woodside Braseth 50th Anniversary Fine Art Exhibition. 2010, 124 Ludlow St. pop up gallery solo show New York NY. 2008, Bellevue Community College “Nature of Growth” group exhibit, Bellevue, WA. 2007, Woodside Braseth Gallery solo exhibit of fine art ceramic works, Seattle WA. 2006, BLVD Gallery group and solo exhibits, Seattle WA. 2005, Bumbershoot Arts Festival, Group Show, Seattle WA.