Constant Background new prints by Bruce Edwards closing reception Tremont ArtWalk Friday June 13, 2014 – music by Dutch Babies

Bruce Edwards received a BFA from Kent State University in 1991. He has shown extensively in Cleveland, most notably at SPACES, Zygote Press, The Center for Contemporary Art (now MOCA Cleveland), and Brandt Gallery. Edwards has been featured in the Performance art festival, and is held in several collections including the Progressive Collection. Edwards maintains a studio practice that includes photography, sculpture, and printmaking, in the treemont district of Cleveland. Edwards has been a faculty member of CIA, CCC, and UA, and currently serves on the Board of Zygote Press, a fine art print cooperative serving local, national, and international artists.

About the Work

There are thousands of hours that go into the set up and filming of just one short shot of a movie. The art director, the lighting designer, hair and makeup, costume, director of photography, all have an integral part to play in the movie product. It is with great admiration for the craft of film-making that I choose to use motion pictures as a source for my images. When watching a film the artistry can get lost in the blur of the narrative action as we get caught up in the characters and plot. Taking still images not only allows one to see and pay attention to the aspects of the shot, but also begin to see the relative similarities of all motion picture filming: the long shot, the pan, a love scene, the close up, etc. This is the language of film, but also the language of image. Images allow us to explore our own conceptual narratives. It is often said that a picture is worth a thousand words; this is because in our human quest to order our world we are prone to seeking explanations for all the things we see. We endeavor to categorize and correlate what we see against our already understood memories and conventions. In this way we extrapolate from our internal knowledge to assign meaning and order. These prints are meant to initiate an understanding and discovery of personal memory and narrative. They are also intended to expose the nature of screen-printing which employs a value scale with limited pallet. Each of these images is produced with only four colors, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black, a technique developed in the mid 20th century for mass production of the printed media, and still used today in desktop printers across the world. Whereas the printed image once ruled the mass media world, TV took over which is now being eclipsed by the small screen, computer and hand held devices.

This work is nostalgic in many ways, the images come from a mid century movie shot on film, a disappearing media. The still is captured by camera directly from the television not through sampling of a video. The digital photo is translated with a computer into a form that can be printed by hand.

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