Jesse Edwards: Blacksheep | Joshua Miller: My white friend. My black friend. My computer friend.

1115 S La Brea Ave Los Angeles CA 90036
Feb 29, 6 PM - 9 PM — ends Mar 28, 2020
No Gallery is pleased to present “Black Sheep” the first solo presentation of Jesse Edwards opening on Friday, Febuary 29th 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 20th 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.


The show title, “My white friend, My black friend, My computer friend” shifts the position of the reader from that of a person who is assumed to be non-white and have only one white friend, to a person who is assumed to be white and have only one black friend, to the shared position of any of us who has a friend via digital media or a person who is socially isolated and friends with their computer. It reflects the pleasures and alienation that comes with living in a society that is both diverse and self-segregating. This title also follows the formal logic of my indexical paintings, an emotionally distanced listing of similar possibilities accompanied by a subtle shifting of the subject and position of the viewer. This exhibition
contains five works which utilize three different stylistic approaches.