eadweard r. york
b. twentieth century
residence los Angeles / shanghai, china
Founder of The Destructionist Art Movement.
Founder of The Museum of Cheap Art
Founder of The Omaha Center for Contemporary Art
Founded Dementia 99
eadweard has constantly pushed the boundaries of conceptual contemporary avant-garde art as an outsider whose distinctive, surreal pop punk dada style is easily recognizable and quite visionary he founded the first contemporary conceptual art gallery in omaha the museum of cheap art and later founded the omaha center for contemporary art his legendary art public reaction performances and installations have been quite influential sometimes confrontational and always at the forefront in the art world
"A little about me. As a kid still in high school, I didn't have anywhere to live, so I moved into a crappy punk house worse than the one portrayed later in the movie Suburbia. There was no MTV at this time, and only a couple radio shows with cool music. It was a time of anarchy in America. This crappy house had holes punched in every inch of the walls that were covered with punk posters, flyers, albums, and art. We hid everything in the holes in the walls behind flyers. Numerous people crashed there, and I had to lock my clean underwear in a toolbox. The dirty shag carpet had huge holes in it where you could see the plywood floor. The only furniture was a small plastic TV, a dirty plaid couch, a bowling ball, and a wrecked kitchen table with thousands of watermelon seeds spit all over it. There was never any food in the house. There was no phone, and the electric was constantly being shut off, so we took numerous cold showers, which sucked! The toilet, and bath had scum rings, and a fungus like tree ring growing in it from years of not being cleaned.
When the song "Kids in the Black Hole" by The Adolescents came out, it quickly became our theme song for the house; we played it non-stop as it summed up exactly how we felt. This house was the most depressing place a person could have lived in, besides maybe a crack-ghetto hotel. The only good thing about this house was the huge skateboard ramp we built in a field next door which we skated everyday, and the music we played."
The only thing that got me off the streets was my art, and photography. One day, I took everything I owned except my albums, and threw it all in a dumpster, bought a one way plane ticket to the Midwest, my birthplace, left everyone, and everything I knew, and decided I would try making a living as an artist. High up in the plane as I flew away from my life, I picked up a station on my Walkman playing The Clash song (Should I Stay or Should I Go.) It was hard leaving everything, and all my friends behind, even though my life sucked, it was all I knew. I never looked back, throwing everything away, and leaving was the best thing I could have done at the time.
I had been doing art since I was a kid, and just fell into photography & film by chance; I borrowed a Nikon camera from a friend from Bhutan, and took some photos on the streets of some homeless people. A punk girl I knew showed them to a fashion photographer from New York that she was seeing, and I got a job as his assistant, and that probably saved me from a life of destruction.
henry rollins - black flag - rollins band, laurie anderson, allen ginsberg, mike ness - social distortion, david worjorniwitz, janis ian - grammy award, crispin glover, stiv bators - dead boys, john lee hooker, vic chesnutt, gerard malanga - warhols filmmaker, kim salmon - the scientist, pond, smashing pumpkins, bo diddley, alien sex fiend bahrdou zoohaus, gary lee boas, peter himmelman, chester stark, beat happening, local h, material issue, the pain teens, srl - survival research laboratories, jesus lizard, gg allen, lari love aka lodon james, ziva cohen, rex church, no heros,the electric hellfire club, buddy miles, and others.
eadweard's work has appeared in numerous publications including: spin, rolling stone, plazm, zero hour, arena, emigre, the rocket-seattle, art papers, venice, harpers, art review, art forum, art and antiques, raw vision, the los angeles times, the seattle times, the orange county register, american art review, coagula, art rag, the folk art messenger, creative loafing, raygun, and numerous weekly newspapers to name a few.
eadweard has a chapter dedicated to his art in a major art book - 'Passing in The Outsider Lane' with the legendary artist howard finster, and L15. he has been featured on the news quite a few times. he has acted in a few short notorious art films, and he was portrayed in a film a few years ago. he has had numerous exhibitions in museums major contemporary art centers, and galleries. his artwork is included in numerous public and private collections.
eadweard just finished a new 200 page softback conceptual photography book titled:
other hardback books available:
"Surreal Subconscious Dementia Paintings."
"Scherzkopf" Deconstructed Photographs - 160+ pages hardcover