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zeh, edgar z, florida, michael, ohio, cincinnati, painter,
sculptor, performance artist, found art, drawings, pen
and in, ambient music, composer, poet
Statement – Edgar Z. – ambient series I
series is a continuous exploration and experimentation with
opposite elements (contrasting and complementary.) The pieces
combine elements which pre-dominate realistic, abstract and
non-objective images in art. Traditionally, by definition,
these pieces could be regarded as purely non-objective images,
relying on the elements of art (line, texture, color, space,
shape, and value) to convey a visual image. I choose to think
of these pieces as landscape and figurative works. These pieces
are not limited to one medium and explore various themes by
inviting the viewer to bring their personal and as well as
their personal relationship to a collective conscience.
objects or figures, I often refer to as “cords”
, were originally inspired by the birth of my nephew. As a
birth coach for my sister, I was immediately fascinated by
the organic shapes found in the natal cord and sac. I began
sketches in notebooks and which later took on their own form
and shapes and textures moving away from the original inspiration
the natal sac and photographs in medical journals.
as I continued to draw these forms, a noticed likeness to
other shapes and forms in plant life and geological forms
(vines and stactalite) and moved away from the “figurative”
toward landscape elements such as foreground, middle and background
found in the shallow space I began to render.
fan of the ambient music movement that began to flourish in
the 1970’s, I found more inspiration listening to the
ambient music of Brian Eno, David Bowie and more recently,
intent was to illustrate the ambient music while illustrating
additional concepts simultaneously, as ambient music was intended
as the musical illustration or equivalent of visual landscapes.
I often view my work as a literal interpretation of what actually
transpires in our brain, the landscape that exists while neurons
and synapse connect.
The cords representing “connection” caused me
to find connections between opposite ideas or ideals. Many
of the ideas explored in this particular series include spiritual
(Trinity- Godhead) and economic metaphors (numbers 1 and 2
, Ballad of Dorothy Parker Deconstructionist Remixes) which
are described by what I term “character fields.”
numbers, letters, music notes and washes.)
the graphite and the ink wash images utilize a traditional
technique of “washes”, the other images combine
collage elements as a “wash.” With the aspect
of abstraction, I chose to create the illusion that the foreground
images were “real” with shading creating the illusion
of mass, and the middle ground and background utilized “real”
images (numbers and words) abstracted in order to create an
unrecognizable or “unrealistic” background.
| ambient #4
| ambient #7 Ballad of
| ambient #6
Ballad of Dorothy Parker
| ambient #3
Edgar Zeh and Phoenix Imani
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Sixth Sense mp3
EdgarZeh and Phoenix Imani
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The Courtship (Live)
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first images were ink drawings; however, I chose graphite
when I started working larger to concentrate on value.
I began melting the powdered graphite with alcohol and
paint the images, later erasing and re-drawing where
I felt related to the composition.
The graphite drawings were “darker” images,
so I turned to ink and kept the colors within the purest
saturation possible. I later challenged myself to find
other ways to create washes and implemented the use
of collage to push these visual metaphors for what I
termed “thought landscapes.”
ambient series represents a small part of the whole
series. The newest series implements a new process in
which I have silk-screened the collages onto canvas
and later paint the collages to represent dimension
and space as well as depth. These have for become to
represent “portraiture”. The cords are allowed
to explore the collages more than once, on four different
collages in additions of five per collage. I have enjoyed
pushing the process into “complete painting”
with acrylic paints. I have also for the first time
incorporated my own writing into the collages as well
as explored ideas with the Old Testament Book of Job.
Simultaneously, I am also working on a new series of
graphite paintings exploring the idea of landscape.
am currently planning other explorations into sculpture
and fibers. While I feel confident that each edition
or group of “studies” represents a finished
work, I am also working towards a larger installation
piece to create a landscape for which the viewer to
walk through and experience.
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