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Southern artist's works on display

Barry McNamara
01/11/2010
MONMOUTH, Ill. — An exhibit of paintings by Alabama artist Brian Edmonds is currently on display at Monmouth College’s Len G. Everett Gallery.

Edmonds will be on campus on Feb. 19, the final day of the exhibit, to give a talk at 2 p.m., and a reception will follow. The exhibit, talk and reception are all free and open to the public.

The exhibit’s title, “Everything That Rises Must Converge,” comes from a book by the same name by Southern author Flannery O’Connor. Edmonds titled a different series “Songs for Harper Lee” after another famous writer, the Alabama native who wrote “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

A third figure from the creative arts also influences his work, he explained, citing photographer William Eggleston’s quote, “I am at war with the obvious.”

“Those words resonate and propel my work,” Edmonds said. “There is little more obvious than the Southern landscape – full of lush colors that push and pull the eye of the viewer. My work takes into account the obvious then submerges it beneath layers of color that attach themselves to the shapes that represent shadows, roads and the beautifully unexplained. My viewpoints are simple, looking down and out from the mountain or looking through a window as it all passes you by.”

The exhibit at Monmouth will be the self-taught artist’s sixth solo show and his first outside Alabama.

Wrote one reviewer, “Edmonds’ paintings provide a bold and graceful interpretation of nature through bold color patterns, heavily outlined shapes and generally high horizons.”

Located in Hewes Library, the gallery is open Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to midnight; Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to midnight.