Recap: Jesse Edwards "Dialogue of the Streets" at Klughaus Gallery
It’s not hard to tell that Klughaus Gallery is quickly establishing itself as the art venue with it’s ear to the street, so it’s appropriate that last night’s solo opening of Jesse Edwards artwork be called Dialogue of the Streets.
Textured oil paintings depict scenes of the humorous and somewhat bleak side of the graffiti world that Jesse Edwards has already well-established himself in. Figurative nudes of women with large breasts, a pixelated orgy, and still lives are tasteful, yet dirty and reminiscent of American painters Eric Fischl and Chuck Close.
Edwards is a complex and clever artist who juxtaposes fine art with depictions of his affinity to the graffiti world. This is further strengthened by his more recent works in ceramic, beautifully detailed sculptures of spray cans and markers with unwritten laws of motivation and TV sets that take a more political stance.
The Chinatown opening was packed wall-to-wall. One incredibly techno-innovative move by Klughaus Gallery was to use QR codes to label the artwork, allowing patrons to scan each painting and read a personal story written by Jesse Edwards for each piece, while also pushing the gallery world into going green.
Jesse Edwards Dialogue of the Streets is on display at Klughaus Gallery located at 47 Monroe Street in lower Manhattan through February 12, 2012.
Text and Photo: Cosbe