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Los Angeles
Edward Walton Wilcox
Cella Gallery
11135 Weddington St. #112 , North Hollywood, CA 91601
October 16, 2008 - November 7, 2008


Darkest Dreamings of Edward Walton Wilcox

Los Angeles, CA (Artslant) September 16, 2008 --  Wilcox's second solo exhibition in Los Angeles this year, "Crimes of Romance," is a breakout exhibit featuring the gamut of Wilcox's diverse and dark imaginations, most of which never publicly displayed before, including paintings, drawings, installation and sculpture. A follow up from his March show, "Are You Going With Me?" in West Hollywood, "Crimes" leaves the world of tabloid imagery and exposes his darkest dreaming; hand-carved Gothic altarpieces soar twelve feet high while young maidens in nightgowns and child-size skeletons are captured in landscapes of blazing windmills.

 

Sleepwalker, 2008, Edward Walton Wilcox, 60 x 48 inches, oil on canvas
Sleepwalker, 2008, Edward Walton Wilcox, 60 x 48 inches, oil on canvas

Edward's acceptance of our mortality comforts me. He sees the duality of it all…youth and decay, darkness and light. His willingness to explore the dark reaches of the soul with his haunting Gothic-Dutch styling and his dark sense of humor is, for lack of a better word, cool.
Hauntingly beautiful, the work is overt in its reference to Gothic convention, in both content and physical facture. Wilcox's use of primitive materials, such as wood, glass, rabbit skin glues, Italian pitch and gesso lend an old world authenticity to the crockets, tracery and other conventions of gothic carpentry that caricaturize the multi-disciplined art of Edward Walton Wilcox. Wilcox's work has been described by the LA Times as "Southern California Noir," while Art and Living states, "Edward Walton Wilcox's work exhibits an eerie quality that is hard to keep your eyes off of… the suggestions he makes are often unsettling. His images are dark, yes, but it's a darkness that Wilcox suggests should be more closely examined."

Wilcox explains, "I am fascinated with the fine line between beauty and repulsion as I continue to navigate the 'dangerous reaches of the unconscious' whereby a 'romance troubled by nightmares' may be further explored." When asked about Wilcox's work, actor/collector Travis Schuldt responds, "Edward's acceptance of our mortality comforts me. He sees the duality of it all…youth and decay, darkness and light. His willingness to explore the dark reaches of the soul with his haunting Gothic-Dutch styling and his dark sense of humor is, for lack of a better word, cool."

During Wilcox's first solo show, "An American Gothic" at the Van Brunt Gallery in Beacon, New York, Carl Van Brunt stated, "Intelligent, intense, obsessive and very talented, Wilcox can draw, paint or construct anything from his fertile imagination. His gothic sensibility covers everything from Medieval-style altarpieces to dark parodies of Renaissance portraits, to landscapes that summon-up 19th century horror novels or unidentified flying objects from 21st century Science Fiction and beyond. Beneath all the pyrotechnics is the work of a serious artist, gently jolting the viewer out of conventional thinking and predictable ways of seeing."

 

 

Edward Walton Wilcox studied painting and sculpture at the University of Florida, Gainesville and graduated with High Honors. His work has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions and received honors from such institutions and leaders in the art world such as The Brooklyn Museum of Art, The Four Arts Museum, University of Florida, The Deutsch Foundation, LRC GALLERY Nicolet College, Richard Koshalek, Hugh Davies and most recently at the Grand Central Art Gallery at Cal State University. Wilcox has been featured in publications such as the LA Times, Art and Living, FLAUNT Magazine, Florida Design, 944, Art Ltd., Bello Mag, Format Magazine, BlackBook, Statement, Coagula Art Journal, and Juxtapoz. His work can be found in private and public collections across the United States and abroad.



Posted by Cristina Manwaring on 9/19/08 | tags: figurative surrealism landscape realism installation mixed-media traditional sculpture illuminist rod hot vision Dreams dark gothic-revival Gothic romanticism romantic noir

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