FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Blight at the End of the Funnel - Edward Colver
July 1 August 20, 2006
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 1, 6-7:30pm
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Edward Colver’s exhibition and book titled, Blight at the End of the Funnel, are epic explorations. The 200-page book and the exhibition examine the artist’s creative life from his many years documenting the punk music scene in Southern California, to his evocatively witty and poignant assemblages. The exhibition will feature 20 selected photographs and 15 assemblage works in the Grand Central Main Gallery, and in the Grand Central Project Room, Colver will assemble an original installation. The 200-page book, co-published by Last Gasp Press (San Francisco) and Grand Central Press (Santa Ana), will be printed in both hard and soft cover editions and feature more than 300 black-and-white and color images. Mick Farren, Mat Gleason, Larry Reid, and Jocko Weyland contributed essays for the book.
During the opening reception on Saturday, July 1, 2006, Colver will sign books from 6-7:30 p.m. In conjunction with the exhibition, a special admission-free concert will take place on the Artists Village promenade from 6-10 p.m. featuring the band Flipper and surprise guests. This project was sponsored by Quiksilver Edition. Art Direction and Design by Ryan DiDonato and Andrea Harris, Editor Sue Henger, Original Layout Concepts by Brent Martin. Printed by Prolong Press, Ltd. Hong Kong.
Mat Gleason, the editor of the Los Angeles-based magazine Coagula writes in his essay for the book:
Edward has pursued his own abyss-nested muse with no regard to the whims of taste or convention. Edward’s artistic oeuvre carries the authenticity of Dada, European art’s most radical movement, and the street credibility of the early L.A. punk scene, American music’s edgiest moment. To paraphrase the Sex Pistols, “He means it, man.”
Born June 17, 1949, in Pomona, California, Edward Curtiss Colver is a third-generation Southern Californian. Colver, largely a self-taught artist and influenced by dada and surrealism (he admired Dali’s personality), was most impressed in his early years by the art of Southern California native Edward Kienholz. In the late 1960’s, Colver’s perspective on life and art was changed dramatically by his exposure to composers such as Edgar Varèse, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Krzysztof Penderecki, and, most notably, John Cage.
Three months after he began taking photographs, Colver had his first photo published: an image of performance artist Johanna Went, featured in BAM magazine. He has shot for dozens of record labels including EMI, Capitol, and Geffen and his photographs have been featured on more than 300 album covers.
Colver has not watched TV since 1979. He currently lives in a 1911 Craftsman house in Los Angeles with his wife Lani.