Monday, June 13, 2011


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Save the Date!

WHEN: Friday, June 17– Saturday, July 23, Opening Reception,
7–10 PM
Jordan Faye Contemporary, 1401 Light Street, Baltimore

Once Upon a Time...
Donald Edwards & Janna Rice 

Opening June 17 Once Upon A Time... Donald Edwards & Janna Rice

Jordan Faye Contemporary is pleased to present the exhibition: Once Upon A Time... sculptures by Donald Edwards and new photographs by Janna Rice. Both artists will be present for the Opening Reception. There will be Complimentary Valet Parking at the gallery's front entrance on the evening of the Opening.

Donald Edwards is an artist, collector and [self-proclaimed] hoarder living in Baltimore, MD. He received his BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 1993. He grew up in the artist's colony of Provincetown, MA. Moving here 10 years ago, he now calls Baltimore home. His work is inspired by the over abundance of found objects discovered in the streets of Baltimore. Edwards is married with two children, Alden & Jasper; raising his family at home has strongly influenced the whimsical nature of his work.  

Donald's work is a result of collecting material from thrift stores, yard sales, dumpsters, materials left on the side of the road and saving things from work and home that would have otherwise gone to the land fill. These materials dictate the direction his work takes.  Edwards's work has evolved from painting and incorporating found objects into these paintings to using all these treasures and creating imaginative three-dimensional creatures, wall works and installations. These reinvented forms are made of all the disposable products that litter our homes, streets and lives.  In his work he draws attention to our obsession of consumer culture which starts at an early age; however, taking all these inanimate objects and working with them, Donald transforms them into positively playful happy creatures which easily one can play that childhood game, "I Spy," and not run out of things to discover.

An artist and educator living in Baltimore, Janna Rice grew up in Mechanicsburg, PA. As an adjunct professor of Art, she teaches a dynamic range of fine art and digital design courses, including Exhibition Design and Film Photography. She holds an MFA in Studio Art, Digital Media, from Towson University (2009), and a BFA in Photography from Maryland Institute College of Art (1995). Rice is represented by Jordan Faye Contemporary.

Janna Rice's photography is an examination of feminine stereotype and myth, calling attention to the fracture between personal identity and accepted gender roles. These tableaus examine how cultural expectation plays in personal identity. The images include mass-produced objects as symbolic metaphor of the feminine ideal, real or perceived. Janna's observations also reflect on the impact that biology plays in our identity and that which is beyond our control. Her newest work is grounded in the fluid beauty of the natural world. These photomontages suggest the splendor of the verdant, which is often overlooked.

Once Upon A Time... incorporates works that take very different final forms, but whose creators both draw inspiration from our culture, the materiality of our daily world and exploring the conversations and connections that are entwined together.