Allegiances and Convictions explores the American flag as a malleable symbol of ideals, promises, and identity. June Edmonds’s new Flag Paintings create space for the inclusion of multiple identities including race, nationality, gender, and political leanings. Each flag is associated with the narrative of an African American, past or present, a current event, or an anecdote from American history. Edmonds investigates the complexities of these stories through the creation of new symbols for Americanness.
Color has played an especially significant role in the intersection of Edmonds’s personal, political and artistic journeys. Color associations can be tied to culturally symbolic imagery, trauma, and emotion, giving color the unique discursive ability to communicate about power and systemic disenfranchisement. The Flag Paintings explore the psychological construct of skin color utilizing the primary colors of brown skin tones in patterns and stripes to build Edmonds’s radical propositions: symbols of American identity that not only more accurately reflect the population of the country but the ideals and promises enshrined in the Constitution. With ever-shifting brushstrokes of rich earth colors organized into columns, the flags rise vertically, like human portraits. On this, Edmonds’s states: “These flags are standing for something—so I’m gonna keep them standing.”
June Edmonds lives and works in Los Angeles.
JUNE EDMONDS: Allegiances and Convictions
Exhibition Dates: May 11 – June 19, 2019
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 11, 2019 from 6pm – 8pm
Luis De Jesus Los Angeles
2685 S La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90034