A FOCUS ON COLLECTORS // JAck Edson
Opening Reception Friday January 25, 6-9pm
On view January 26 – March 1, 2019
Collector’s Tours Saturday February 9 and Saturday February 16,12-3pm, tour starts at 1pm
Discussion with Jack Edson: First Friday March 1, 7pm
Exhibition Hours: By appointment, First Friday February 1, 6-9pm and First Friday March 1, 6-9pm
Buffalo, NY – Eleven Twenty Projects is pleased to announce a special exhibition of work from the collection of Hamburg, NY artist Jack Edson.
Contemporary art is collected for numerous reasons—investment, vanity, and posterity but at the heart of it, there is a collector and their compulsive love for the works they acquire. Some are driven by systematic interests in a museological fashion. Others follow the tangents of their heart and primarily purchase things they love, things they might—for reasons known only to them—otherwise not be able to live without.
Over time, these built collections become the invisible archives of our times. They find accrued value outside the personal collection and merit attention from a wider audience. Marked by subjective tastes and inquisitive eyes, they can become remarkable compilations of objects and images, inclusive and broadly cutting across various genres of work. Built and collected for personal reasons, they can become educational and informative about the works, their makers, and the collector whose eye brought them together.
With its prevailing interests in art, history, material culture, and the region of Western New York, Eleven Twenty Projects is initiating an annual consideration of collecting that will showcase the work of one regional collector. Presented as a concise survey—rather than omnibus compendium—A Focus On Collectors will bring to the surface the hidden gems of the region, collected over the years by passionate and driven individuals.
Included in the exhibition will be works by: Pierre Alechinsky, Jozef Bajus, Brendan Bannon, Jonathan Borofsky, Harvey Breverman, Roger Brown, Charles E. Burchfield, Ellen Carey, Wendell Castle, Judy Chicago, Charles Clough, Robert Cottingham, Susan Crile, Allan D'Arcangelo, Marisol Escobar, Phillip Elliott, Roy De Forest, Howard Finster, Alice R. Glenny, Nancy Graves, Duayne Hatchett, Al Held, George Afedzi Hughes, Jed Jackson, Les Krims, Mark Lavatelli, Robert Longo, Joseph Mazur, Arnold Mesches, Kenneth Payne, John Pfahl, Judy Rifka, Don Robertson, Milton Rogovin, James Rosenquist, Susan Rothenberg, Lucas Samaras, David Salle, George Segal, David Schirm, Cindy Sherman, Laurie Simmons, Nancy Spero, Carol Summers, Neil Tetkowski, Walasse Ting, Alfonso Volo
*Works are for exhibition only and are not for sale.
ABOUT JACK EDSON: Jack Edson is a master quilter and has been collecting art and a wide variety of other objects since he started working as a librarian in 1970s. He earned his BA in English from Canisius College and his Master of Library Science from the University of Rhode Island and served as director of the Hamburg Public Library from 2005 until 2017. Over the past four decades Edson has been honing his quilting skills making detailed historical portrait quilts. Edson says "I may be working with cloth, but I'm actually painting in my mind." Recently, he was awarded the 2018 Margaret E. Mead Memorial award as part of the Art in Craft Media exhibit at the Burchfield Penney Art Center and his work was included in Material Men 2: Contemporary Masters at the Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum. In the March 2019 selections of Edson’s work will be featured in the exhibition Contemporary Portraiture at the Burchfield Penney Art Center.