current work

Exhibitions: a selection.

2016- “Play” LAMAG Gallery, Los Angeles, California.
2016- “Femme Fatales” GDCA Gallery, Los Angeles, California.
2016- “Montage” GDCA Gallery, Los Angeles, California.
2016- “Essence” GDCA Gallery, Los Angeles, California.
2016- 15th International Painting Exchange Exhibition, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Japan
2016- KNUTMB 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
2015- Residency. Chiang Mai University, 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
2014- Ring of Fire Show LELA Gallery. Little Tokyo, Los Angeles
2014- Thailand/U.S. Exchange Workshop 2014. Andaman Museum, Krabi, Thailand
2014- Thailand/U.S. Exchange Workshop 2014. Thaksin University, Thailand
2014- Thailand/U.S. Exchange Show 2014. Naresuan University, Thailand
2014- Korea/U.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 Odd-ys-sey Continues" Solo Show. Fremont Gallery, South Pasadena
2013- "Odd-ys-sey" 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
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
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 O'Melveny Gallery, Three Man Show: "3"
2007- L.A. Artcore Brewery, Two Man Show: "Incantations"
2006- Don O'Melveny Gallery, Group Show: "Double Overhead III"
2006- Don O'Melveny Gallery, Solo Show: "Drowning Pool at Buddha Lounge"
2005- Don O'Melveny Gallery. Solo Show: "Road to Folly"
2005- Salon VI. Solo Show: "Leave Taking". Atlanta, GA.
2004- Don O'Melveny Gallery. Group Show. "Essentials"
2004_ Joanna Burke Gallery. Group Show: "The Off-Off Venice Art Show"
2003- Don O'Melveny Gallery. Solo Show: "Drowning Pool: Live!"
2003- Salon V. Solo Show: "The So Long Salon"
2003- Don O'Melveny 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 O'Melveny Gallery. Group Show: "A Week in December"
2002- Don O'Melveny Gallery. Group Show: "Marilyn's Bedroom"
2002- Don O'Melveny Gallery. Solo Show: "home and away"
2001- Don O'Melveny 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

Reviews:

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.

Gloria Delson Contemporary Arts Newsletter: Edem Elesh "Life Bubbles Forth"

Coagula Art Journal. December 7th, 2011. Edem Elesh at Rheeway Gallery

Coagula Art Journal. July 27th, 2011. Edem Elesh at Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery

Coagula Art Journal. April 5th, 2011. Edem Elesh at L.A.Artcore Brewery Annex

Residencies:

1st International Art Festival and Workshop, KMUTNB, Raung, Thailand
1st International Art Festival and Workshop, Prince Songkla University, Pattani, Thailand
2nd Andaman Art Festival. One of two U.S. artist invitees Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand
1st International Thailand/U.S. Exchange Workshop 2014. Andaman Museum, Krabi, Thailand
1st International Thailand/U.S. Exchange Workshop 2014. Thaksin University, Thailand
2nd International Thailand/U.S. Exchange Show 2014. Naresuan University, Thailand
1st International Festival and Workshop, Changzhou, China.
1st International Festival and Workshop, Naresuan University, Phisanulok, Thailand.
9th International Festival and Workshop, Poh-Chang, Bangkok, Thailand.
8th International Art Festival Thailand invitee. Rajamangala University, Thailand

Permanent Collections:

King Mongkut University of Technology, Southern Thailand
Prince Songkla University Museum, Pattani, Thailand
Poh Chang University, Bangkok, Thailand
Naresuan University, Pisanulok, Thailand
Thaksin University, Thailand
Andaman Museum, Krabi Thailand
Chiang Rai Cultural Center, Chiang Rai, Thailand
Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Changzhou Art Museum, Changzhou, China

Awards and honors:

Featured Los Angeles artist in Eric Minh Swenson’s 2nd Episode of “Stoked” which focuses on L.A. Artists who surf. Documenting the continuum of this tradition. The music I create as part of my art, A.K.A. KinderCrowdControl, was used as the soundtrack to this feature.
Eric Minh Swenson's 2nd Episode "Stoked"

Featured Los Angeles artist in Andaman Art Festival promotional video. One of two U.S. artists invited, and one of 4 interviewed.
Andaman Musueum Art Festival and Workshop 2014

Featured Los Angeles artist in 1st Shanghai International Art Exhbit and Workshop in China. Sole U.S. artist invitee and one of a few interviewed by Shanghai television

L.A. Artcore Solo Show 2014

The paintings of Edem Elesh move quickly between color and form, memory and sensation, using his physical experiences to create snapshots of his state of being. They are like exhalations after taking in the air of an experience. The mystery of the breath is easily as old as art – the words spirit, inspiration, aspire and expire all relate to the Latin word for breath. His work dwells on the various aspects of the breath, in the sense of a boundary where the person living within their subjective reality sends their wind and moisture to greet the outer physical reality with every movement.

In this solo show, the artist moves on from geometric structures and shapes resembling mystical diagrams in illuminated manuscripts, chthonic images of structure seeking to illustrate a fundamental reality, and now digs into the earth of his experiences traveling, following his passions, celebrating sexuality, and preserving a sense of luck in life. One can see glimpses of Wayne Thiebaud’s color and Francis Bacon’s riding the waves of accidents. There is also a vanitas sentiment behind all his work, memories of joy presented together with reminders of the fleeting moments of life. The artist is interested in getting a reaction from the viewer, seeking a moment of discovery, where all the riches of his life can appear together with a shifting sense time, passion, and an encouraging indication of mortality.

This exhibit will be an opportunity to see several sides of an actively creative life, ranging from sharp drawings executed with speed and a photographic eye, to sparse, allegorical landscapes, paintings on framed aluminum, sculptural pieces and a performance on guitar.

Robert Seitz

"Selah"
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 at 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.

Robert Seitz

The Surfer's Journal. "Versus". Volume 13 #3: Summer 2004
A Beautiful 8 page spread in this Coffee Table Magazine.
http://www.surfersjournal.com

Versus
Paintings by Edem Elesh

"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
be found."

"Eye On LA" Channel 7: "The Amazing Art of Edem Elesh"
http://edem-art.com/eye_on_la/eyeonla.htm

"A True Hollywood Story", Kevin Butler
West Hollywood Independent.
Wed. July 17, 2002

Highland Park Artist Feature. Channel 7. Friday, May 19 2006

Korean Daily write-up 2012

Chinese National Television Feature. October 2015
China TV 2015

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