Doug Edge has been creating paintings and sculptures from molded, cast and poured resin since the 1960s out of his Venice Beach studio. The Los Angeles art scene in the 1960s and 70s was very experimental, using anything and everything as a new support or surface for making art. In particular, there was a fascination with the new synthetic materials emerging from the ever growing nearby aerospace industry. Many artists were intrigued with both the physical properties as well as the potential beauty from cast and polished resins. Unlike many of his colleagues who were exploring the perceptual limits of resin sculptures as part of the Light and Space movement, Edge chose to sculpt and infuse the material with wit and satire, mostly in the form of some cultural or political critique. This exhibition, Molded, Poured and Cast, will feature together for the first time a range of Edge’s large scale sculptures from the 1960s and 70s with those from the 90s and today. Sculptural pieces, including Doorway to Heaven and Hell, 1974, Wizard’s Chair, 1974 and Pure Air Hope Chest, 2000 will be presented along with wall-hung pieces, such as his Cornfield paintings from the 1990s consisting of corn-textured surfaces cast in blocks of color in tribute to Frederick Hammersley and other hard-edge painters.
Doug Edge lives and works in Venice Beach. He has worked in many different media, including painting, photography and sculpture. Edge has had numerous solo exhibitions and his work included in group exhibitions in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Seattle and New Orleans, as well as internationally in London, UK and Fossato Di Vico, Italy. His artwork has been featured in ARTFORUM, Art In America, ARTnews, and Los Angeles Times and is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, Oakland Museum of Art, Laguna Museum of Contemporary Art and Frederick Weisman Collection, as well as many private and corporate collections.