24 October - 28 November 2015
WHATIFTHEWORLD is pleased to present Elemental an exhibition of new work by Paul Edmunds.
As much as I could, I abandoned conscious intent. At times I even abandon my right hand. And, as objects, images and processes emerge, they tell some sort of evolutionary story. Primordial forms materialise in clay, and Lego objects experiment with pattern and structure. Collections of tumbled and polished bricks evoke human settlement and activity, while other works explore evolution’s crossroads and culs de sac alike. High seriousness meets the one-liner, and geological report and mythological account are accorded equal weight in images of the cosmos and its inhabitants made in materials as diverse as bronze, concrete and skateboard wheels.
Paul Edmunds, 2015
Edmunds’ work is characterised by his employment of diverse materials, media and disciplines, and often involves labour-intensive processes. His concerns are wide-ranging but he consistently shows interest in material, process, pattern and design.
Edmunds was born in 1970 in Johannesburg, and lives in Cape Town. He graduated with an MAFA (cum laude) from the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, in 1995. He has held solo shows at Stevenson, Bank Gallery in Durban and Art on Paper in Johannesburg, and in 2011 had his first US solo at RH Gallery, New York. His work has been included on numerous group exhibitions both here and abroad, and is to be found in many corporate and public collections, including MoMA, New York.