Out and about after a full day in our Olde Burien offices, we ran into local Artist Eric Edwards at the Tin Room Bar Thursday night (July 14), and when asked what the heck he was doing in B-Town (we know him from White Center), he told us that he had been hanging some of his art at a new gallery, slated to open this Saturday, July 16th.
The new gallery is located at 827 SW 152nd Street in Olde Burien, in the spot formally occupied by Zizia, which closed in April (read our coverage here), and according to Eric, will be open during this Saturday’s Olde Burien Block Party (more info on the party here).
UPDATE 7/15/11: According to Jimi Lou Steambarge, who’s running the new gallery, it will be called ‘GASSHO GALLERY & CREATIVE HUB.’
“We are still rough around the edges and will evolve over the next few weeks, but the fabulous art of Eric Edwards is in the house!” she said on a Facebook post. “Stop by and check it out while at the Olde Burien block party! We are located next door to the Danish Bakery. GRAND OPENING PARTY – FRIDAY AUGUST 19TH!!! Follow us on Facebook!”
If you get out to the Olde Burien Block Party, which runs from Noon – Midnight Saturday, you should drop by and see Eric’s work – he uses found objects, mostly pop culture in nature, some kitschy, some bizarre, but all found; then when it’s all put together by him it’s suddenly incredible art – the kind you have to look at closeup to fully appreciate or understand.
WHAT: Artwork of Eric Edwards at a new Art Gallery in Olde Burien.
WHEN: Saturday, July 16th during the Block Party (doors open at 10 a.m.)
WHERE: GASSHO GALLERY & CREATIVE HUB, Burien’s new Art Gallery at 827 SW 152nd Street in Olde Burien.
Here’s Eric’s bio from his Facebook Group Page:
Eric S. Edwards
b.1961, United States
I work primarily in mixed media collage and found object assemblage.
I use pop culture advertising posters torn from buildings so far in Seattle, London, San Francisco, Miami and New York city. I like to use the garish colorful adverts and paper fragments in a painterly way and often the image themselves pull me off in unexpected ways. I really enjoy the spontaneity and sometime frustration of the collage process the losing of some image to some other other image, the juxtaposition of objects, the colors and textures.
I am very influenced by street art, graffiti murals, wheat pastes, tags and stickers. Influences also include Robert Rauschenberg, Max Ernst and Romere Bearden and lately Judith Supine and Michael Anderson.
Here are some images of some of Eric’s art from his Flickr page: