Opening: Edward Walton Wilcox with ‘The Taciturn Sea’ @ Merry Karnowsky Gallery in Los Angeles, Saturday, June 25th

Edward Walton Wilcox - My Vessel Slipped Beneath the Taciturn Sea, 2011

Opening Reception: Saturday, June 25, 2011, 8-11pm Exhibition Dates: June 25 – July 23, 2011 Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 12-6 pm
Merry Karnowsky Gallery is proud to present The Taciturn Sea, a new body of work by Edward Walton Wilcox.

Death and the Maiden by Edward Walton Wilcox, oil on panel, 2008

The Tethered Beast by Edward Walton Wilcox, Bitumen on panel, 2009

Edward Walton Wilcox

Edward Walton Wilcox

According to the artist, the title Taciturn Sea stands as a metaphor for the subconscious mind. “My work takes cues from a Breughelian reality where all is allegory, social proverb and myth.” Drawing on this parallel reminiscent of Moby Dick, where the sea represents a transitional place between two distinct states & a respect for the dark depths of the unforgiving & ever changing psyche, Wilcox creates a powerful body of self-confrontation & introspection.
Many of the panels are shuttered, gabled triptychs. Hinged panels that can be closed, denying the viewer access, furthering the strong ‘object presence’ the works possess.
The work of Edward Walton Wilcox has been described by the LA Times’ Mindi Farrabee as “Southern California Noir”. Wilcox combines his passion for Late Gothic fantasy of Durer, Hieronymus Bosch and Dutch Golden Age painting with his own personal romanticism. A classic painterly hand holds ground as a strong characteristic of Wilcox’s cerebral landscapes, which have a slight Surrealist quality. His compositions are a new interpretation and transformation of old erotic motifs, captivating the viewer with a beautiful balance of life & death.
With his Gothic sensibility and taste for the Romantic period, Wilcox imagines the distances and expanses we all must navigate in our own subconscious. The paintings, sculptures & drawings that comprise the body of work are hauntingly beautiful in both content and physicality. One piece titled, “Poacher in the Grass,” is a depiction of a man trapping birds in a basket and a metaphor for ill-gotten gain. These landscapes are psycho-dramas that invite the viewer to explore at once paradoxical realms of both beauty and paranoia. A sublime response to a vista or pastoral setting intermingled with an ever-present feeling of dread or of some intrigue that lies just beneath the surface. Wilcox’s use of classic materials such as wood, tempura, bitumen and gesso lend an old world authenticity to the settings and constructions or carpentry that fill Wilcox’s multi-disciplined work. All in all, Wilcox continues to tighten and put importance on the predominance of the shaped panels and hand-made frames that enhance his work.
Wilcox, recently a featured artist at the LA Art Show, was asked to create a monolithic, live painting that measured 12feet by 12 feet. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States and in Europe and has appeared in publications such as The LA Times, LA WEEKLY, Juxtapoz, Coagula Art Journal, O&S, Art Ltd. and FLAUNT Magazine.
For More Information, please contact Merry Karnowsky, (323) 933-4408, 170 south la brea AVE, los angeles, ca 90036, 323.933.4406,