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"Edward Walton Wilcox: Crimes Of Romance"
2008-10-16 until 2008-11-07
Cella Gallery
North Hollywood, CA, USA United States of America

Cella Gallery is thrilled to present Edward Walton Wilcox’s second solo exhibition in Los Angeles this year, “Crimes of Romance.” The exhibit will feature the gamut of Wilcox’s diverse and dark imaginations, including paintings, drawings, installation and sculpture.  A follow up from his March show, “Are You Going With Me?” in West Hollywood, “Crimes” leaves the world of tabloid imagery and exposes his darkest dreaming; hand-carved Gothic altarpieces stand eight feet high while young maidens in nightgowns and child-size skeletons are captured in landscapes of blazing windmills.   The opening reception will be hosted by Wilcox collectors Natalie Zea, from ABC’s Dirty, Sexy Money and Travis Schuldt (Scrubs, NBC) on the evening of October 16.

Hauntingly beautiful, the work is overt in its reference to Gothic convention, in both content and physical facture. Wilcox’s use of primitive materials, such as wood, glass, rabbit skin glues, Italian pitch and gesso lend an old world authenticity to the crockets, tracery and other conventions of gothic carpentry that caricaturizes the multi-disciplined art of Edward Walton Wilcox.  Wilcox’s work has been described by the LA Times as “Southern California Noir,” while Art and Living states, "Edward Walton Wilcox’s work exhibits an eerie quality that is hard to keep your eyes off of… the suggestions he makes are often unsettling. His images are dark, yes, but it’s a darkness that Wilcox suggests should be more closely examined."

Wilcox explains,  “I am fascinated with the fine line between beauty and repulsion as I continue to navigate the ‘dangerous reaches of the unconscious’ whereby a ‘romance troubled by nightmares’ may be further explored.” When asked about Wilcox’s work, actor/collector Travis Schuldt responds, “Edward's acceptance of our mortality comforts me.  He sees the duality of it all…youth and decay, darkness and light.  His willingness to explore the dark reaches of the soul with his haunting Gothic-Dutch styling and his dark sense of humor is, for lack of a better word, cool.”

During Wilcox’s first solo show, ”An American Gothic” at the Van Brunt Gallery in Beacon, New York, Carl Van Brunt stated, “Intelligent, intense, obsessive and very talented, Wilcox can draw, paint or construct anything from his fertile imagination. His gothic sensibility covers everything from Medieval-style altarpieces to dark parodies of Renaissance portraits, to landscapes that summon-up 19th century horror novels or unidentified flying objects from 21st century Science Fiction and beyond. Beneath all the pyrotechnics is the work of a serious artist, gently jolting the viewer out of conventional thinking and predictable ways of seeing.”

The exhibit runs through November 7. Vodka 360 is generously sponsoring the event.

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