c. d. Edwards Studio Presents PRISM VII: “Beginnings” Group Exhibition

By Editorial Team on June 10, 2019
Work by Jase Clark. Courtesy of c. d. Edwards Studio.
Opening: Saturday, June 15 from 5pm to 8pm

‘Beginnings’ are seeds stretching out to assume ownership of a memory formed years ago. ( author, Hope Jahren,2017) “Beginnings”, will open on June 15, 2019 at c.d. Edwards Studio #9 located at 716 Monroe Street, NE, Washington, DC 20017. The exhibit maybe viewed every Friday and Saturday from 12:00 until 5:00 pm.  The open reception will be held on June 15, 2019 from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm.  The exhibit will close on July 15, 2019.  June 15thArtist Talk – 6:00 pm, Wendy Grossman, Presentation -6:30 pm.

Jase Clark: A printmaker and mixed media artist whose works have been exhibited nationally and internationally. He has served as Master Printer at Lafayette College’s Experimental Printmaking Institute since 2004, and he teaches drawing and printmaking at Lafayette College in Easton, PA, and Cedar Crest College in Allentown, PA. He is also Partner and Master Printer at Raven Fine Art Editions in Easton. Clark’s continuously evolving body of work explores and documents time. Each piece represents the beginning of a shift in consciousness and the opportunity to delve beneath the surface to unearth a deeper understanding of existence.

Elsabé Johnson-Dixon:  Dixon de-familiarizes space, objects and living insects using sensory strategies and audience interaction. She stipulates that her work is not about the political issues surrounding pollinators, Honey bees and invasive insect species, but that it calls attention to the interstice of biologically, scientifically, and industrially altered living systems and the transference and restoration/remediation of natural systems, which we are part of. Dixon’s work is firmly rooted in the Post Contemporary movements that use, both traditional and DIY methods as well as mapping, data harvesting, and sensory realities. Dixon uses the surface of objects created for the gallery upon which to place a multi tiered narrative which normally includes references to microscopic photographs; live interactions with people and insects over a period of time; hand built structures as well as industrial fabrications and surfaces created by insects or insect detritus.

Cheryl D. Edwards: My study of water and its relationship to memory is continued in this new series, entitled “Spiritual Memories”. Visualizing the spiritual intergenerational transmission of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome in the memory of water in our bodies.  Water memory is the purported ability of water to retain a memory of substances previously dissolved in it.  It defies conventional scientific understanding of physical chemistry knowledge and is not widely accepted; but is being studied by the scientific community. (Wikipedia)  “Spiritual Memories” is my investigation of this phenomenon.

Brooke Marcy:  Animals have always played a pivotal role in my development as a person as well as my development as an artist. By morphing myself with animals, about which I care deeply, I am combining an internal relationship externally. Each painting has been a beginning for subsequent works. My latest painting, which is a beginning of a new series, combines myself with an animal on the verge of extinction. Here my investigation turns to the relationship between myself, the animal, and the gradual destruction of our environment.

Gregory Staley:  I think beginnings and endings are often interdependent … For example, in one of my pieces I feature relatives on my mother’s side around 1920 as they begin their lives in America.  Another marks the end of my use of film in photography.  I am a self-employed photographer who has worked in the DC area for 33 years.

Wendy Grossman:  Guadeloupean dancer and model Adrienne Fidelin, the long-overlooked muse of artist Man Ray, is finally getting her due with the exhibition Le model noir at Musée d’Orsay and my co-authored essay with Sala Patterson in the exhibition catalogue. My talk, copiously illustrated by images of this striking figure, will reprise the research I recently presented at a symposium in Paris in conjunction with the exhibition, including evidence to support my new attribution of a Picasso painting as a portrait of Fidelin.

c.d. Edwards Studio #9 located at 716 Monroe Street, NE.