No Gallery is pleased to present “Black Sheep” the first solo presentation of Jesse
Edwards opening on Friday, Febuary 29 th 2020 at 1115 South La Brea Ave, Los Angeles at 6pm. “Black Sheep” showcases nine new works that encompass ceramics and oil painting, subjecting around the pleasures of Americana and the fallacies of pop culture. Edward’s ceramic glazing techniques have evolved from 20 th century Dutch painting, Chinese porcelain and Irish artist John Ryan. These influences have transformed textures of glazes, the application of paint, and the decal applications on the work to be uniquely Edwards’.
“Black Sheep” is supercharged with undertones of sexuality, religion, and consumer culture, by featuring nostalgic objects and icons with hidden libidos. Under the dim spotlights, three vampy still life paintings of dried roses and three ceramic houses of playing cards occupy the first room. Featured in the back room, 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 the gallery space that is reminiscent to a cathedral.