John Edmonds at Deli Gallery

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Artist: John Edmonds

Exhibition title: Lovers & Friends

Venue: Deli Gallery, New York, US

Date:  September 16 – October 9, 2016

Photography: all images copyright and courtesy of the artist and Deli Gallery, New York

Lovers & Friends is an exhibition of new work by John Edmonds that brings together the artist’s photographs, writings and musings about relationships, loss & desire. The show acts as a collage about the internal life, the external experience and the artist/model dynamic—the oscillating between model as both subject and object. The title—Lovers & Friends—asks the viewer to consider the artist’s understanding of portraiture and portrayals of others—likenesses, relating and the inevitable mirroring of self.

“Intimacy is a recurring theme in all of my work. But the idea of intimacy, the notion of getting close whether in public or private, also signifies a certain type of emotional condition of feeling afar, aloof. Of course technology is a part of this, how we experience life in the home is a part of it, how we experience love in private is a part of it. I think that it is impossible, especially today, to talk about intimacy and relationships without also acknowledging that in order to get close to anyone or anything; you have to get closer to yourself. Truths have to be revealed and the truth is not simple. It sounds cliché, but I do think that what I am talking about, what I am after, is very universal. Intimacy is not only about a physical closeness or looking outward, but also looking inward. I guess that’s what I want in the end in all my work…for people to look closely and by doing so have a real emotional experience with the work…to investigate trust.”

John Edmonds (b. 1989) is a photographer and writer who lives and works in New York, NY. He received his MFA in Photography from the Yale School of Art and his BFA in Photography at the Corcoran School of Arts + Design. His work is in both private and public collections, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, FOAM Museum Amsterdam Library and the George Eastman House, and has been shown both nationally and internationally.

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John Edmonds, Untitled (New Haven), 2015
Laser print, 36 x 48”

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John Edmonds, Tylan In the Leather Jacket, 2016
Laser print, 20 x 24”

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John Edmonds, So In My Head, 2016
Archival pigment print and pen on watercolor paper, 11 x 15”

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John Edmonds, (Brandon, Pyramid, Sunset), 2016
Archival pigment print and pen on watercolor paper, 11 x 15”

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John Edmonds, You in You (You & You), 2016
Archival pigment print and pen on watercolor paper, 11 x 14”

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John Edmonds, Nakeya After the Rain (Washington, D.C.), 2016
Archival pigment print, 10 x 16”, Edition of 4

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John Edmonds, Back with Scales & Shadows, 2016
Archival pigment print, 40 x 50”, Edition of 3 + 2 AP

JohnEdmonds_DeliGallery_01_HassAtMyPlace,2016

John Edmonds, Hass at My Place, 2016
Archival pigment print, 13 x 19”, Edition of 3

JohnEdmonds_DeliGallery_03_Untitled(NewHaven),2015

John Edmonds, Untitled (New Haven), 2015
Laser print, 36 x 48”

JohnEdmonds_DeliGallery_04_MelisaInTheTrenchCoat(Paris),2015

John Edmonds, Melisa In The Trench Coat (Paris), 2015
Archival pigment print, 6 x 10”, Edition of 4

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John Edmonds, Kendall Smiling On Poolside (Miami), 2016
Archival pigment print, 13 x 19”, Edition of 3

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John Edmonds, Nakeya After the Rain (Washington, D.C.), 2016
Archival pigment print, 10 x 16”, Edition of 4

JohnEdmonds_DeliGallery_07_Andrew,SelfPossessed(New Haven), 2016

John Edmonds, Andrew, Self Possessed (New Haven), 2016
Archival pigment print, 9 x 14”, Edition of 3

JohnEdmonds_DeliGallery_08_DonaldAtNight(Paris),2015

JohnEdmonds_DeliGallery_09_Tuesday,Sam'sPieceAndMyBookshelf(New Haven),2016

John Edmonds, Tuesday, Sam’s Piece And My Bookshelf (New Haven), 2016
Archival pigment print, 9 x 14”, Edition of 3

JohnEdmonds_DeliGallery_10_Jae,ObjectofAffection (New Haven, CT),2015

John Edmonds, Untitled (New Haven), 2015
Laser print, 36 x 48”

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John Edmonds, Untitled (New Haven), 2015
Laser print, 36 x 48”

JohnEdmonds_DeliGallery_11_E.&Chuk(Washington,DC),2014

John Edmonds, E. & Chuk (Washington, DC), 2015
Archival pigment print, 10 x 10”, Edition of 3

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John Edmonds, Portrait In Portrait (Washington, DC), 2016
Archival pigment print, 4 x 7”, Edition of 3

JohnEdmonds_DeliGallery_13_DevinBeforeAfroPunk(Brooklyn,NY),2016

JohnEdmonds_DeliGallery_14_TheActor (Paris),2015

John Edmonds, The Actor (Paris), 2016
Archival pigment print, 6 x 10”, Edition of 4

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