111 Minna Gallery is proud to present OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE ORDER curated Ricardo Richey featuring new work by Ezra Eismont, NoMe Edonna, Neon, Chor Boogie, and Apex.The Gallery is open to the public Tuesday through Friday from 12 to 5 pm and evenings for special events.
The phrase “obsessive compulsive” has worked its way into the wider English vocabulary and is often used in an offhand manner to describe someone who is meticulous or absorbed in a cause. Anything negative associated with being obsessive or compulsive needs to be erased from the psyche with this group of artists. They each naturally have used the phrase "obsessive compulsive" as a backbone to their work ethic. To be meticulous and absorbed has led to these artists’ unique styles that reach their conclusion in order over disorder.
Ezra Eismont was born in 1974, grew up in Brooklyn, New York and received a B.F.A. in Painting from the California College of Arts and Crafts in 1997.
Between 1999 and 2001 Ezra worked as a mural painter for Sol Lewitt, helping to paint large-scale murals both in private residences and for Sol Lewitts 2001 retrospective at the SF MOMA. Ezra has worked as a musician and producer with the band Cat Five since its inception in 2000, and he continues to produce music under the moniker of Dj Darkat.
Ezra currently works with the San Francisco based Gestalt Collective, a group of collaborative muralists.Together they produced a site-specific mural for the Y.B.C.A.’s "Bay area now" show in 2005. He has collaborated with many other artists, including Doze Green, Jon 156, Nome Edonna, Apex, Scatha G. Allison, Dave Choe, Rhode Montijo, and Christopher Reuss. He currently lives and works with his partner Charity Romero in their Oakland Studio. www.ezrali.com
Nome Edonna is a self-taught artist born in California. Much of his art "education" comes from his first-handexperience in underground youth culture and fifteen months of extensive travel and study in Europe. NoMe returned to California to pursue a career in the art sand moved to San Francisco in 1999. Since then, NoMe’s work has shown extensively, and he has undertaken commissions and installations worldwide. NoMe is also an original member of the Gestalt Collective, a San Francisco -based collaborative mural/installation group started in 2003.