Translation dubbed into English from the Italian and scraped up by this network. (bullshit) Let's just say I had to tune the edit so lips and words almost sync up.
I go to see this show because veteran artist and facebook phenom, Judy Rifka, insisted I meet her there, a gallery I never noticed was there. I'd been on that street to see the skaters and bmxers in the railed platform park under the Manhattan Bridge. In fact, I love the location. There aren't other galleries around and the hood reminds me of Flight of the Concords, which in fact, was filmed close by. Jesse Edwards is a funny, experienced street tagger artist with what I would assume is shred cred. That appeared through one comment on YTube and some asking around.
photo by H-O 2012 GBM
His work is quite engaging because it has the raw honesty of a thrift store home cooked still life memoir. There are compositions that include pot plants, lava lamps, guns, big boobed girls from the internet, Jesus, and one street fighting scene. There's a variety of ceramics - very post 9/11, Occupy masks, spray cans, and vintage TV screens. He moved to New York from Seattle, and he still has the just-got-off-the-boat demeanor. He knows how to sling paint, and has a stubborn fundamental streak about virtuosity that reeks of the Ash Can School or Robert Henri. He didn't slide out of the cookie cutter MFA art schools. He's poppin' fresh.
He needs to work on his descriptive banter but maybe this is the time to catch an artist on the cusp. He'll become more of a pro and slick it up, but I liked him and the work has outlier soul.
The show is down so this is as close to it as you're going to get, and the taping going the way it did, an experience you'd never have, thanks to Judy Rifka. She is such an enormous talent in more than just art, but the art of communication.