The Art Studio as metaphor for the Mind

After having shown at Projects Gallery in Miami during art Basel 2014 and the Indigo Bleu Design Center, currently Jed is working on a series of works on paper and other media, inspired by photos and direct observation of his own art studio.   In doing so he seeks to explore the duality and dynamic relationship  between an inner-directed artistic focus/mindset and the opening up of one’s consciousness when confronted with self awareness.  Stay tuned for further thoughts and images.

“Our Greatness, Our Struggle” group exhibit Feb.6-27

Jed currently has artwork on display in the “Our Greatness, Our Struggle” group exhibit at Indigo Bleu Design & Culture Center, located at 3911 Lancaster Ave., Philadelphia PA 19104.  This group exhibit explores the achievements and plight of African-Americans in the United States.  Other participating artists include Jerry Adam Puryear, Richard Tenaglia, Ellen Tiberino and Shanell Kitt.

This exhibit is on view from Friday, February 6 until February 27th.

There will be a free wine/cheese public reception on Sunday February 27th from 5-7pm.

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Square Foot Art Basel Miami Redux

Jed will have artwork featured at Projects Gallery in Square Foot Art Basel Miami Redux, from November 22, 2014 to January 10, 2015.

Projects Gallery

Wynwood Lofts, Unit 208, 250 NW 23rd St, Miami FL 33127

During this year’s world-acclaimed Art Basel Miami, Projects Gallery will again create a mosaic-style wall in its trendy Wynwood Lofts gallery in the Wynwood Arts District.  Artists from around the world will be participating with over 200 works in all media – all measuring 12″ x 12″.  This square-foot format seeks to give exposure to familiar and unknown artists alike.

Opening reception December 13, 2014 7-11 pm
Closing reception January 10, 2015 7-11 pm

 

“An Edge of Joy” solo exhibit opening Saturday Sept. 13

“An Edge of Joy”, Solo exhibit of artwork by Jed Williams, at Jed Williams Gallery

from September 13-October 19th, 2014

This exhibit is curated by Robert Willis.

Jed Williams Gallery is located at 615 Bainbridge St. Philadelphia PA 19147-2111 (USA).  The opening reception for this exhibit will take place Saturday September 13th, from 5-7pm.

CLICK HERE FOR CURATOR’S STATEMENT AND BIO

 

 

New works in process

 

Here are a few pictures of  paintings Jed is currently working on.

Untitled, as of yet... oil and acrylic on canvas
Untitled, as of yet… oil and acrylic on canvas
"Evasive gal", oil/acrylic/sharpie on canvas
“Evasive gal”, oil/acrylic/sharpie on canvas

 

As you can see, Jed’s new works seeks to parallel and juxtapose a calligraphic aspect of lines (produced by markers/sharpies) with a more painterly texture and buildup of acrylic and oil paints.  All contributing to an observation of the beauty of the moment and the importance of accepting all types of aesthetic impulses.   Jed is also consciously going back to the “pin-up girl” imagery and image inspiration that he had been playing around with a few years ago.  In effect, seeking to rejuvenate and refresh his own creativity.

New artwork coming soon! and a few thoughts…

Jed has been working on a new series of paintings.  Images will be posted soon.. stay tuned.

“My art is a part of me, it feeds me and bounces off the thoughts and emotions in my soul.. In one sense, part of the thrill is that art is a way of channeling different energies, positive and negative, the gratitude as well as the demons.. also what I love about making art is that it opens me up to the world more–I search for different types of images and symbols and it makes me want to find out more about what those images and symbols represent.  Recently I have been working from images of cave paintings, and playgrounds.  The cave painting images take me back to the beginnings, literally, and evoke the connection between art and ritual.  This dovetails with the playground iconography, which makes me tap into a kind of childlike innocence and wonder I feel is present in my mind sometimes–not to forget the bright, primary color patterns and forms at work in every playground, which appeal to me…” –Jed Williams, June 2013

 

 

Solo exhibit at Cultured Couture Gallery opening First Friday May 3rd 6-9pm

Jed has a solo exhibit of recent paintings, “Bio-Urban Dreamscapes”, at Cultured Couture Gallery from May 3-May 24.  Cultured Couture Gallery is located at 240 Church St. (near the corner of 2nd St. and Church St., one block north of Market St.) in the heart of Philadelphia, PA ‘s historic Old City art district.  There will be an artist reception Friday May 3rd 6-9pm.

culturedcouturegallery.com/

February 2013 exhibits

Philadelphia Community Exhibition 2013 at the 3rd Street Gallery
Jed is participating in the Philadelphia Community Exhibition 2013 at the 3rd Street Gallery, located in the heart of Philadelphia’s Old City art district; the location is  58 N. 2nd St., Philadelphia PA 19106 (on 2nd St. between Arch St. and Cuthbert St.)
This exhibition runs from January 30 to February 24, 2013; it showcases a wide variety of established and emerging Philadelphia Area artists.  The 3rd Street Gallery is an artist-run collective since 1972.  Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday 12-5pm.FIRST FRIDAY:

February 1, 2013
5 – 9 pm
ARTIST RECEPTION:
Sunday, February 10, 2013
1 – 3 pm
SNOW DATE 3 – 5PM
Sunday, February 24, 2013

For more information, call 215-625-0993 or visit:
http://www.3rdstreetgallery.com/exhibitions/2012/3rd-street-gallery-open-call-show

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Inliquid Benefit v. Thirteen
Later on in the month, Jed also has artwork featured in the Inliquid Benefit v. Thirteen.  This is a silent auction benefit party taking place on Friday February 15, 2013, from 6:30-9:30pm at the Crane Arts Building.
The Crane Arts building is located at 1400 N. American Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122.
InLiquid’s Annual Benefit is both a fabulous social happening and a showcase for the works of the region’s premier visual artists. As always, amajor feature of the party is the array of art, gift certificates, jewelry, and design items available in a silent auction.

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For more information about the Benefit and on purchasing tickets, please visit:
http://inliquid.org/happenings/inliquid-projects/benefit/benefit-v-thirteen/