Edson: Beyond the Valley of the Microbops and Slade: Recent Works

Richard Edson and Morgan Slade
Opening Reception 6-10 p.m. July 3, 2009
Show July 3-31
About Richard Edson:
Actor/musician Richard Edson, easily recognized for his unforgettable roles in Jim Jarmusch's, 'Stranger Than Paradise," Spike Lee's, "Do the Right Thing!" and character roles as the joyriding valet Smyznyk in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," and Monix in "Starsky and Hutch," proves his versatility as a photographer.  June 19 – 29, 2008 Richard Edson was the original drummer with the band Sonic Youth and played trumpet and percussion with New York based afro-dance band Konk. He has continued to pursue music in Los Angeles with Jake LaBotz, Tito and Tarantula, Mr. Razz, Top Kat, and Gio and the Constellations, and currently his own band Oil Can.    

For years Edson took black and white, street and snapshot-style photographs in the tradition of Robert Frank, Gary Winnogrand and Henri Cartier-Bresson but then wanted to experiment with color.  Edson claims that the genesis of his current work was prosaic; while visiting his brother's suburban family home in Massachusetts he became inspired by the little toys and figures lying around the house.  "I've always been attracted to cartoons and comics as an "alternative," suggestive and evocative reality. Their simplicity, immediacy, size and humor speak of a level of life that touches and refers to childhood, dreams, myths and our secret, private emotional and psychological lives." Edson comments.  

As an actor Edson has appeared in more than 72 films including some of the most distinguished movies of all time: Oliver Stone's "Platoon," and recently in Wim Wender's "Land of Plenty," the Polish Brothers "The Astronaut Farmer," "Starsky and Hutch" and the lead in three films by the young French filmmaker, Raphael Nadjari, "The Shade," "I Am Josh Polanski's Brother," and "Apt. 5C."   Edson's resume includes five solo shows, numerous group exhibitions and features in "Juxtapoz," "The Propagandist," "WaxPoetics," and "Puta," magazines. 
Read a recent article about Richard Edson's art here.
About Morgan Slade:
Morgan Slade received his BFA in photography in 2002 from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. He has shot for several magazines including Swindle, Anthem, Juxtapoz, OUT Magazine, Western Interiors & Design and many others. Morgan has exhibited both photography and mixed media work in several galleries, including a solo show at Copro Nason Gallery in Bergamot Station in 2006. He is also known as the principal songwriter/guitarist in the band Miss Derringer, a project he collaborates on with his wife, artist Liz McGrath. Miss Derringer have toured with Bad Religion, Blondie, John Doe and others, and their third album is due in early 2009.