I am interested in examining the miracle of everyday existence. I have lead a very unique life. Born in Los Angeles and educated from an early age at English boarding schools, I have been exposed to two different cultures. This gives my work an American energy with English sensibilities. I am intrigued by the interplay born of this duality: order and chaos, old and new, the conscious and unconscious, structure and freedom. Not to mention expectation and accident.
I am currently working with a new form of mixed media which allows, to an even greater extent, the chances of an interplay between process and providence.
2018- Residency. University of Technology. N. Bangkok, Thailand.
2018- Residency. Thaksin University. Songkla, Thailand.
2018- Residency. Andaman Museum. Krabi, Thailand.
2018- Asian Cultural Center. Bangkok, Thailand.
2018- Residency. Poh Chang University, Bangkok, Thailand.
2017- âSurf Story 2â. Iron Resin Gallery, Ventura, California.
2017- âSurf Story 2â. Misfit Gallery, La Jolla, California.
2017- âSurf Story 2â. Shacc Surfing Heritage Museum, San Clemente, California.
2017- âSurf Story 2â. Gregorio Escalante Gallery, Los Angeles, California.
2017- âSurf Story 2â. Hurley Headquarters, Costa Mesa, California.
2017- âGlowâ. GDCA Gallery, Los Angeles, California.
2017- âCross Town Trafficâ. SOLA Gallery, Los Angeles, California.
2017- âCA 101â. Group Show, Redondo Beach, California.
2017- âSeptimeâ. GDCA Gallery, Los Angeles, California.â¨
2017- âFlowersâ. Group Show. Neutra Gallery, Los Angeles, California.
2017- âImmigrantsâ. Group Show. Neutra Institute Gallery Museum. Los Angeles.â¨
2017- âDear Presidentâ. Group Show. South Bay Contemporary, San Pedro.â¨
2017- âMethods Materialsâ. 3 man Show. LA Artcore Brewery Annex, Los Angeles.â¨
2016- 17th Asian Art Biennale, Dhaka, Bangladesh.â¨
2016- 24th Discovery Tour, Los Angeles, California.â¨
2016- âSummer Art Festivalâ Park Avenue Gallery, Los Angeles, California.â¨
2016- âPlayâ LAMAG Gallery, Los Angeles, California.â¨2016- âFemme Fatalesâ GDCA Gallery, Los Angeles, California.
â¨2016- âMontageâ GDCA Gallery, Los Angeles, California.
2016- Edem Elesh GDCA Gallery Downtown Los Angeles Essence
2016- 15th International Painting Exchange Exhibition, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Japan
2016- KNUTNB International Art and Design Workshop, Bangkok, Thailand
2016- Prince Songkla University Workshop, Pattani, Thailand
2016- Ratchadamnoen Contemporary Art Center, Bangkok, Thailand
2015- 2nd International Workshop, Shanghai, China
2015- 23rd AAC Annual Discovery Tour, Los Angeles
2015- Edem Elesh GDCA Gallery Downtown Los Angeles
2015- 2nd Annual Andaman International Workshop, Krabi, Thailand.
2014- 22nd AAC Annual Discovery Tour, Los Angeles
2014- Edem Elesh Solo Show. L.A. Artcore. Little Tokyo, Los Angeles
2014- Relocation Celebration Show, LELA Gallery. Little Tokyo, Los Angeles
2015- 2nd Annual Andaman International Workshop, Krabi, Thailand.
2015- Residency. Chiang Mai University, Thailand.
2014- Ring of Fire Show LELA Gallery. Little Tokyo, Los Angeles
2014- ThailandU.S. Exchange Workshop 2014. Andaman Museum, Krabi, Thailand
2014- ThailandU.S. Exchange Workshop 2014. Thaksin University, Thailand
2014- ThailandU.S. Exchange Show 2014. Naresuan University, Thailand
2014- KoreaU.S. Joint Show LELA Gallery. Little Tokyo, Los Angeles
2013- Raise The Rent Thailand Tour 2014 fundraiser.
2013- 21st Arroyo Arts Discovery Tour, 2013
2013- 1st International Workshop Invitational, Changzhou, China.
2013- The Oddï¿½ysï¿½sey Continues Solo Show. Fremont Gallery, South Pasadena.
2013- Oddï¿½ysï¿½sey Solo Show. Fremont Gallery, South Pasadena.
2013- February Group Show. Fremont Gallery, South Pasadena.
2013- 1st International Workshop. Naresuan University, Pisanulok, Thailand.
2013- 9th International Workshop. Poh-Chang University, Bangkok, Thailand.
2013- January Group Show. Fremont Gallery, South Pasadena.
2012- Fukuoka Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan. September 22nd - September 30th, 2012.
2012- Fremont Gallery, Pasadena. Shared Views. April 7th - April 30th, 2012.
2012- Coohaus Gallery, Chelsea, New York. February 25th-March 10th 2012.
2012- Poh Chang, Rajamangala University, Bangkok, Thailand. February 14th-20th 2012.
2011- Rheeway Galerie, Group Show. Through December 22nd, 2011
2011- Assiart Gallery, Group Show. Through October 16th, 2011
2011- LAMAG, An Exercise In Cultural Democracy. July 24-September 25-ONGOING
2011- Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Chain Letter. July 24-September 25
2011- Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Benefit Auction. May 1st, 2011
2011- L.A. Artcore Brewery Annex Selah an aural tradition. April 3-28, 2011. Opening Sunday, April 3rd, 1-3pm.
2010- Arroyo Arts 18th Annual Discovery Tour, Highland Park, CA
2010- L.A. Artcore Brewery Annex, Group Show Christmas Show
2010- Rheeway Gallery, Group Show Artful Gifts.
2010- Rheeway Gallery, Group Show Extended Showcase.
2010- Rheeway Gallery, Group Show 1st International U.S. Exchange Show
2010- Gloria Delson ArtLA, 6th St. Gallery, Downtown Artwalk-August
2010- Gloria Delson ArtLA, 6th St. Gallery, Downtown Artwalk-July
2010- Gloria Delson ArtLA, 6th St. Gallery, Downtown Artwalk-June
2010- L.A. Artcore Brewery Annex, Group Show 7th Intl. Japan U.S. Exchange Show
2010- Gloria Delson ArtLA, 6th St. Gallery, Downtown Artwalk-May
2010- Gloria Delson ArtLA, 6th St. Gallery, Downtown Artwalk-April
2010- L.A. Artcore Brewery Annex, Group Show 4th Intl. Thailand U.S. Exchange Show
2010- Gloria Delson ArtLA, 6th St. Gallery, Downtown Artwalk-March
2010- Chiang Rai Cultural Center, Chiang Rai, Thailand- 6th International Arts Festival
2010- Fine Arts Museum, Chiang Mai, Thailand
2010- Thailand Cultural Center, Bangkok, Thailand
2009- Arroyo Arts Recovery Discovery Tour, Highland Park, CA November 22nd
2009- Ansei Gallery, Ukiha, Japan. Group Show Ukiha July 4th- August 3rd
2009- CA Gallery, Munakata, Japan. Group Show Ark April 9- 26
2009- Gallery Western, Los Angeles. Group Show International New Years Show
2009- L.A. Artcore Brewery Annex, Group Show Mnemonica January
2008- Arroyo Arts Tour, Highland Park, CA, Re-Discovery Sunday, November 23
2008- Gallery Western, Los Angeles. Group Show Inaugural Invitational Show
2008- Takanaga Gallery, Fukuoka, Japan Canal City
2008- Asian Museum, Fukuoka, Japan Japan U.S. Joint Show
2008- L.A. Artcore Brewery Annex, Group Show A Beautiful Distance
2007- Arroyo Arts Tour, Highland Park, CA, Berths
2007- Lost Dog Gallery, Durango, CO, Group Show Climate Change
2007- Don OMelveny Gallery, Three Man Show 3
2007- L.A. Artcore Brewery, Two Man Show Incantations
2006- Don OMelveny Gallery, Group Show Double Overhead III
2006- Don OMelveny Gallery, Solo Show Drowning Pool at Buddha Lounge
2005- Don OMelveny Gallery. Solo Show Road to Folly
2005- Salon VI. Solo Show Leave Taking. Atlanta, GA.
2004- Don OMelveny Gallery. Group Show. Essentials
2004_ Joanna Burke Gallery. Group Show The Off-Off Venice Art Show.
2003- Don OMelveny Gallery. Solo Show Drowning Pool Live
2003- Salon V. Solo Show The So Long Salon
2003- Don OMelveny Gallery. Launch Pad. Group Show.
2003- Salon IV. Solo Show. Glimpses Prints and Studies
2003- The Market Gallery. Group Show The Get Down Town Show
2003- Salon III. Solo Show riffs
2002- Don OMelveny Gallery. Group Show A Week in December
2002- Don OMelveny Gallery. Group Show Marilyns Bedroom
2002- Don OMelveny Gallery. Solo Show home and away
2001- Don OMelveny Gallery. Group Show Group Show
2001- Salon II. Solo Show The Now Paintings
2000- Salon I. Solo Show New Paintings
1998- The Meadows Gallery. Group Show Dues
1997- Kantor Gallery. Group Show The Real Thing with Keith Haring....
Edem Elesh receives 1 of six awards presented in 500 artist L.A. Summer Group Show.
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Barnsdall Park, Los Angeles.
Edem Elesh at L.A. Artcore Brewery Annex. April 2011
Selah: An Aural Tradition
The Music and Sculpture Installation of Edem Elesh
Edem Elesh, the multi-faceted artist behind behind Selah, is a traditionalist in the most modern ways of being. Drawing from an adventurous, international spirit, he is something of an explorer seeking after the fountain of youth. This fountain is not the peculiar prize of Pizarro, the quest for immortality. The youth Selah evokes is literally the beginning, the timeless, the elemental component that lies at the heart of human endeavor. It is perfectly fitting that he is an established visual artist in addition to his musical background, in fact it was a mentor at the Art Center that encouraged him to branch out in his investigation of this elusive spring.
The development of Selah grew like an ocean swell becoming wave the elements of nature, the context of childhood experience in a different culture, the discovery of painting as a way to reach into his own observations and relate the symbols and ideas that drew ever closer to a meaningful center, and his involvement with the band Drowning Pool which knew a fair measure of success in Los Angeles during the 1980's. His group was an underground darling, an ensemble that performed with other avant garde groups such as the Cocteau Twins and The Fall. He performed at the most legendary venues in the city the Anti Club, the Roxy and the Whiskey.
As Elesh explains, music is jealous of art, and as progress with his painting accelerated he found is subject expressed itself in color, gesture, and a coalesced sense of oneness. Increasingly he found himself locating, seeking after key source elements in consciousness, in perception, and mirrored in the natural world. Finding the world phantasmagoric, he contemplates it as a result of an inescapable flaw that can't be avoided the subjectivity of human experience. He finds in the shade of the branches of human knowledge seeds which tie us together, that lead to a cohesion that is easy to miss when we view human work strictly from the perspective of achievement and competition. When we look at the seeds, the potential, and the forest literally seeing the forest for the trees we discover that human community, the sound of the collective, the rise and fall of spirit in response to need and changes in the times are all evidence of a characteristic human gift that can be easily missed in a society that objectifies the successful and solitary risers.
Two elements combined to make the Selah project possible. One was the introduction of Logic recording software (and the relevant advances in technology) that suddenly enabled an artist who had grown accustomed via the visual arts to work on his own to revisit music with the same independence and tool set. Secondly an exhibit afforded the opportunity to create an installation. The two gave birth the Selah, an evolvement of his collective experiences and a sort of crystallization of his investigations to date. The installation involves a total environment with walls softened by canvas, a space to sit and introspect, and a light sculpture called Satori that provides a fixed object to stare at. He hopes that the sculpture will assist in helping to clear the mind by serving as a point of reference. The light installation is a flat, two-dimensional rendering of a three-dimensional cube. He find reflections of artist Robert Irwin, and also Japanese heraldry with an implicit statement that such geometric forms demonstrate that the experiential dimension is a spiritual element. Again, a revisitation of perception as a shaper of the whole, the subjective contributing to modify and change the collective, 'pure' nature of things.
The music is elemental, dreamy, and presented in a senses-stimulating 5.1 Surround Sound. It is woven and layered with samples, each crafted and arranged by the artist. It is a sound that can draw the spirit out of the body to drift for a time above the map of human language and idea, a soundtrack for contemplation and rest from the unconscious efforts we can place into structures that, ultimately, are more independent of ourselves than we even dream. From the statement for the project we learn that the name Selah is taken from ancient Hebrew, and occurs innumerable times in the Psalms to denote an interlude in singing voice when the instruments perform alone in order to reflect. He draws a connection to a very ancient traditional practice in India, where in an annual ceremony vocal sounds transmitted from person to person are recited. These sounds are considered pre-speech, the earliest form of human communication, more akin to birdsong and thus stemming from a place before ethnic, racial or religious base. We have in Selah the ongoing quest of an artist to pursue, deep in the wilds of human life, and perfectly in tune with the multifarious conditions of urban life in Los Angeles, his own vision of a fountain of youth from which hope springs eternal.
"It's all predicated on a basic truism: surfers make
bitchin' stuff. We've been running surf art portfolios for well over
a decade, displaying a wide array of styles, schools and
media. From the representational to the abstract; from the
figurative to the conceptual; from sculpture to glass... they've all had a chance
to hang in our little 2-D gallery space. As a result, we receive about 85 art
submissions each year. Of those, we choose perhaps three to augment
the two we assign. Edem Elesh came in out of the blue, in person, and
blew us away with his evocative, narrative and powerfully
expressionistic work. The craft is crazy, the concepts are unique, and the
overall package utterly imaginative- no cliche or shtick to
"A True Hollywood Story", Kevin Butler
West Hollywood Independent.
Wed. July 17, 2002
Highland Park Artist Feature. Channel 7. Friday, May 19 2006...
Poh-Chang Art Academy, Rajamangala University, Bangkok Thailand. Permanent Collection
Harley and Karen Rinzler, Topanga, CA USA
Walter and Suzanne Ali, Tujunga, CA
Larry Baldoff, Santa Monica, CA USA
Mitchell and Marla Greene, Castaic, CA USA
Kincaid Jones, Los Angeles, CA USA
Salme Siltanen, Pasadena, CA USA
Mazin and Heather Sami, Los Angeles, CA USA
Greg and Dana Ellis, Los Angeles, CA USA
Ann Koeffler, Los Angeles, CA USA
Nico Alba, Los Angeles, CA USA
Jon Bailiff/ Susie Bright, Santa Cruz, CA USA
Neil and Jill Markey, Los Angeles, CA USA
Mark Young, Los Angeles, CA USA
Tony Hall, Los Angeles, CA USA
Tess and Graham Hill, Brighton, UK
Karen Bravery, Brighton, UK
Mark Burcarr/ Christina Affholder, Louisville, KY USA
Peter Kluge and Bob Smith, Los Angeles, CA USA
Kris McMillen-Dodd, Idaho USA
Don O'Melveny, Los Angeles, CA USA
Ron Russell, Topanga, CA USA
Jijo Reed, Malibu, CA USA
Gill and Alan Kydd, Brighton, England
Dianne Pennie, Los Angeles, CA USA
Ralf and Margaret Tomandl, Los Angeles, CA USA
Matt and Rene Selman, Los Angeles, CA USA
Dr. Elena Benjamin, Los Angeles, CA USA
Tracy Baker, Redondo Beach, CA USA
Michelle Nooney, Gainesville, GA USA
Michael Lovecchio, New York, NY USA
Amy and Ivan Reyes, Atlanta, GA USA
Ron Jay, Santa Monica, CA USA
Donna Von Hoesslin, Santa Cruz, CA USA
Sarah Beckley and Dan Courtemanche, Atlanta, GA USA
Paige Tyler and Dave Foster, Chicago, IL. USA
Roxana Shershin and Patrick Vance, Atlanta, GA. USA
Kim Landers, Atlanta, GA. USA
Roy Stevens and Troy King, Atlanta, GA USA
Jennifer Schoonmaker, Barrington Hills, IL USA
Craig Rice, Surrey, U.K.
Steve Mahr, Topanga, CA USA
Lauric and Vanessa Ivester, El Segundo, CA USA
Liz Gabor and Rick Rhodes, Los Angeles, CA USA
Kathy Rhodes, Hollywood, CA USA
Felicia Kelley, Los Angeles, CA USA
Elvira Munoz, Los Angeles, CA USA
Joanna Burke, Venice, CA USA...