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Nov/Dec 2005
Edgar Zeh.

 

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edgar zeh, edgar z, florida, michael, ohio, cincinnati, painter, sculptor, performance artist, found art, drawings, pen and in, ambient music, composer, poet
 
 
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Artist Statement – Edgar Z. – ambient series I

Description

The ambient 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.

Inspiration

The main 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.

I found, 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.

A longtime 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, Radiohead.

Intent

My 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.)

While 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.

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Title | ambient #4
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Title | ambient #7 Ballad of
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Technique

The 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.”


Further Exploration

The 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.

I 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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