Studio Visit: Brian Edmonds

Brian Edmonds is an artist who lives and works in Alabama.  His work can be seen in PLEAT's December 2016 exhibition as well as brianedmonds.com.

Please describe your work. 
I want to make a painting that looks simple in execution but forces the eye to think about what and how to read the picture. The eye is forced to contend with the positive/negative spaces and how to digest the markings. To make decisions and judgements. To connect the dots in a personal way.

What internal and external factors motivate your formal and conceptual choices? 
My work is a response to the surrounding landscape. From the beginning, I’ve been influenced, both knowingly and unknowingly, by its designs, color, and lines. What drives the work is my desire to create a sense of tension and space. As with a lingering memory, I am constantly reworking and reinterpreting what I see. A sense of history is always present.

Who are your artistic influences and what have you learned from them? 
Matisse played an important role in my development as a painter. He had a great touch. His paintings were complex investigations of time and space. Porte Fenêtre à Collioure is a great example. I want to read the painting as a positive/negative space. Matisse pushes our gaze further inward toward a window, one that looks more like a door to a dark, heinous room or a portal to another place. The painting is a great example of leading the viewer to a place to think about and question what he or she is looking at. To make decisions and judgements.