Edzy Edzed – 30 Year Retrospective

Obsession – Compulsion – Deconstruction – Invention
Exhibition preview: Friday, March 4th, 12–9pm
Closing party: Friday, April 1st, 6–9pm
Exhibition runs: March 4th – April 10th, 2016

EDZED’s art production extends from the exercise of obsessive–compulsive impulses. It is the application of his hands and mind to a painting problem.

That interest led him to years of independent study and the completion of an Honours BFA from the University of Victoria in 1992, and a subsequent 30 year quest to understand painting analytically. His thousands of works manifest as a personal visual meta–language that can be described as “Deconstructivism” in painting, as articulated by Jacques Derrida in The Truth in Painting (1987).
This is a study of non–objective (abstract) painting in “western art history” through the filter of deconstruction in an effort to realize uninvented painting forms. This exhibition will explore the possibility of new forms that emerged through the artist’s diligent practice. Throughout the run of this show, Edzed will intensify the exhibition by adding more work to the gallery’s exhibition space. This action reflects the artist’s obsessive working process, producing an exhibition that will both overwhelm the viewer and beckon them back for more. Visitors are encouraged to return throughout the exhibition to witness it changing. Despite his practice spanning 30 years, Edzy Edzed has rarely exhibited in public galleries. Come get a glimpse of a collection that until recently has been concealed in storage units throughout Vancouver.

This exhibition will grow and evolve throughout its run. Multiple visits are encouraged.

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