Edward Lightner

b.1960

For many years now my work has been an ongoing contemplation upon my views of life and death. Many other elements go into the conceptual makeup of the work, to be sure. Over time there have been themes in regards to my sexuality and how one becomes HIV+. There has been work that has had as its main focus censorship and the morality of the church, and in fact biblical morality is still a strong visual, and material, element that runs deep in much of the work that is am producing even today. But it all always comes back to the themes revolving around life and death, in particular my own mortality. For a long time my main concept was the demise of life due to AIDs. But as medications and life expectancies have improved, and seeing that I do not live in a vacuum, my thoughts and work have turned increasingly towards the nuclear issue. This has allowed me much more artistic freedom visually. Work can be very simple and graphic, as with my series of line drawings, or it can visually be quite decorative, as with the Storax and Mandrel series. But even though my use of nuclear imagery and subject matter exists as visual reference to our external world at large, on a personal level the use of nuclear images is, and has always been, synonymous with the aids epidemic. It is both visually and conceptually a symbiotic and exchangeable relationship in both my mind, and my work.

Edward Lightner

EDUCATION

California State University, Northridge, CA, M.A. (studio art/painting), 1990

University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, 1987

California State University, Bakersfield, CA, B.A. 1984

SELECTED ONE PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2014  Them!, Lobby Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2013  The Underworld is My Oyster, L2kontemporary, Chinatown, Los Angeles, CA

           L.A. Art Show, L2kontemporary, Los Angeles, CA (Catalogue)

2011  The Eradication Project, L2kontemporary, Chinatown, Los Angeles, CA

2007  The End., L2kontemporary, Chinatown, Los Angeles, CA

2006  pay your respects to the vultures…, L2kontemporary, Chinatown, Los Angeles, CA

2004  Fluffy,L2kontemporary, Chinatown, Los Angeles, CA

          “the sum total of my artistic experiences”,installation, L2kontemporary, Chinatown, Los Angeles, CA

2003  Remote Viewer, BGH Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2002  Images Of The Purple Priesthood, Highways, Santa Monica, CA

1996  life / death intersection, Highways, Santa Monica, CA

1989  Epistemological Reality, North Gallery, California State University, Northridge, CA

1987  Symbol:Those / We, Center Gallery, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

SELECTED TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2009  Parallel Universes, with Keiko Fukazawa, L2kontemporary, Chinatown, Los Angeles, CA

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016  Transmissions, Patricia Watts, curator, venues TBD (upcoming)

          Art AIDS America, Zuckerman Museum of Art, Kennesaw, GA and Bronx Museum of Arts, New York,

          NY (upcoming)

2015  Art AIDS America, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (West Hollywood), CA and Tacoma

          Art Museum, Tacoma, WA (upcoming)

          Postcards From The Edge 2015, Luhring Augustine, New York, NY

2014  fresh, Mat Gleason, juror, South Bay Contemporary, Rolling Hills Estates, CA

          Postcards From The Edge 2014, Luhring Augustine, New York, NY

2013  Transmissions, Marin Community Foundation, Patricia Watts, curator, Novato, CA

          Bombs, Blobs & Thingies, SCA Project Gallery, Pomona, CA

          Postcards From The Edge 2013, Sekkema Jenkins & Co., New York, NY

2012  Uncensored: Queer Art and the Church, Leslie-Lohman Museum, New York

          Temporary Distemper, Ron Faranovich, curator, XVY Art & Design, Los Angeles, CA

          Postcards From The Edge 2012, Cheim & Read, New York, NY

2011  Out There, Francisco George & William Escalera, jurors, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA

          Escape, J. J. Kegan McFadden, curator, Visual AIDS Web Gallery, online (based in New York, NY)

          Postcards From The Edge 2011, CRG Gallery, New York, NY

2010  Pin-UPs, Studio 1131, Los Angeles, CA

          Heroworship:a graphic tale of epic proportions, C. Emerson Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, FL

           Postcards From The Edge 2010, ZieherSmith, New York, NY

2009  Plastic, Rubber + Wood, Beth McNeill, curator, McNeill Art Group Project Space, Tribeca, New York, NY

          Oildale, L2kontemporary, Los Angeles, CA

          Earth, Air, Fire Exhibition, Margaret Lazarri, juror, Long Beach Arts, Long Beach, CA

          Postcards From The Edge 2009, Metro Pictures, New York, NY

2008  Militancy and Mourning, Paul Sendziuk, curator, Visual AIDS Web Gallery, New York, NY, online

         USA, Korea, Japan Contemporary Art Festival “Different and Coexist”, Asto Museum of Art, Wrightwood, CA (catalogue)

2007  Postcards From The Edge 2007, James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY

         The Eclectic World of Gad, Simone Gad, curator, L2kontemporary, Los Angeles, CA

         ASTO International Art Festival, National Assembly Library, Seoul, Korea (Catalogue)

         Gwangwhamoon International Art Festival, Seoul, Korea (Catalogue)

          L.A. International Art Festival 2007, Asto Museum of Art, Long Beach CA

          Hausguests, Haus @ The Brewery Project, Los Angeles, CA

2006  Postcards From The Edge 2006, Sekkema Jenkins & Co., New York, NY

          LA Libertine Society presents:The Nature of Excess, L2kontemporary, Los Angeles, CA

2005  Postcards From The Edge 2005, Robert Miller Gallery, New York, NY

          Inside Out..., David Early, curator, L2kontemporary, Los Angeles, CA

2004  Postcards From The Edge 2004, New York, NY

          Chroma Nouveau, L2kontemporary, Los Angeles, CA

          In America Now, Peter Frank, Juror, Don O'Melveny Gallery, West Hollywood, CA

2003  Postcards From The Edge 2003, Galerie Lelong, New York, NY

          Fall Salon 2003, Limner Gallery, New York, NY

          Open Haus, Haus Gallery, Pasadena, CA

          Launch Pad:The Next Generation, Don O'Melveny Gallery, West Hollywood, CA(Catalogue)

2002  Total Life, Lui Sanchez, curator, Eagle Rock Community Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA (Catalogue)

          Evening Becomes Eclectic III, Don O'Melveny Gallery, West Hollywood, CA

          With and Without You:Re-visitations of Art in the Age of AIDS, Royce W. Smith, curator, Ivan

          Dougherty Gallery, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

          Postcards From The Edge 2002, Sperone Westwater Gallery, New York, NY

          Summer Salon - 2002, Limner Gallery, New York, NY

          Facing AIDS:Imaging The Global Epidemic, traveling exhibition with stops in New York, Moscow,

          Paris and Johannesburg, Philadelphia, others (book)

          Spring Salon - 2002, Limner Gallery, New York, NY

2001  Postcards From The Edge 2001, Sara Meltzer Gallery, New York, NY

          Current Works 2001, Society for Contemporary Photography, Kansas City, MO

          Summer Salon - 2001, Limner Gallery, New York, NY

2000  Postcards From The Edge 2000, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, NY

          Hallelujah! It's Raining Men!!, Highways Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

          Landscapes, New Century Artists, New York, NY

1999  Postcards From The Edge II, Alexander And Bonin, New York, NY

          Renewals And Transformations, The Advocate Gallery, Hollywood, CA

          Art Is Figurative, Libby Lumpkin, juror, ACCI Gallery, Berkeley, CA

          Desire, Ernesto Pujol, curator, National Arts Club, New York, NY (Catalogue)

          SM ALL, The Caged Chameleon, Santa Ana, CA

          Art In An Age Of Anxiety, Todd Madigan Gallery, California St. University, Bakersfield, CA

1998  Postcards From The Edge, Kenny Schacter’s Gallery/ROVE, New York, NY

          Recent work, Artcore Brewery Annex, Los Angeles, CA

          Beyond Memorials And Symbols:Artists in the Robert D. Farber Living Arts Project, Cirilo Domine,

          curator, The Advocate Gallery, Hollywood, CA

          Come & Get It, Hollywood DMV, Hollywood, CA

          SexualityObject, Scott Holman, curator, New Century Artists Gallery, New York, NY

          The Robert D. Farber Living Arts Project, Cirilo Domine, curator, Highways, Santa Monica, CA

1996  Questioning Equality:An Artistic Dialogue, Jim Reed, curator, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA

1995  transcend aids, Los Angeles Center for Photographic Studies, Los Angeles, CA

          Photo, Bolsky Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design, Westchester, CA

          Sex Object:the fetish fixation explored in multi media, Aaron Smith, curator, La Luz de Jesus,

          Hollywood, CA

1994  Loss and Remembrance: dealing with AIDS in the community, Jim Reed, curator, Riverside Art Museum

          Grand opening, Insomnia Gallery and Bookstore, Whittier, CA

1993  Crossing LA, Museum of African American Art, Los Angeles, CA

          Contextual Turbulence, Alfredo de Batuc, curator, John Thomas Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

1988  Personal Myths, North Gallery, California State University, Northridge, CA

          Ashes to Art, Century Gallery, Sylmar, CA

1987  Two Benches.Ten Paintings., Center Gallery, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

1986  University of South Florida annual Fine Art Auction, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

1985  New Talent, Cunningham Memorial Art Gallery, Bakersfield, CA

         Works on Paper, Todd Madigan Gallery, California St. University, Bakersfield, CA

1984  Bachelor of Arts show, Todd Madigan Gallery, California St. University, Bakersfield, CA

CURATORIAL

2013  Ten Years Drawn, L2kontemporary, Los Angeles, CA

EVENTS

1992-94  Fetish Ball and Ball Bizarre

1991-07  Out Auction, various locations, Los Angeles, CA

1991-92  installations for Club Fuck!, Los Angeles, CA

1988       installation for The Anti-Club, Hollywood, CA

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2010“Even when not advancing hero worship theme, show at C. Emerson Fine Arts is interesting”, St

Petersburg Times, http://www.tampabay.com/features/visualarts/article1117360.ece, 26, Aug. 2010

2009“Welcome to the ‘Hood: Tribeca Project Space”, Tribeca Citizen, http://tribecacitizen.com/2009/10/22/welcome-to-the-hood-tribeca-project-space/, 22, Oct. 2009

Gavin, Camille, “Oildale goes contemporary”, The Bakersfield Californian, 5, Aug. 2009, pp. A1 & A3.

2006Nieto, Margarita. ArtScene, vol. 25, no. 10, June. 2006, pp. 23-4.

2003“Almonds and Viramune.”Reproduced in Pandemic: Facing AIDS(New York: Umbrage Editions /

Moxie Firecracker Films, 2003), p. 212.

1999Forbes, Rhomylly B. “California Theming.”A & U, issue 60, vol. 8, no. 10, Oct. 1999, pp. 32-5.

1998California Artist Directory, vol. 1, 1998, pp. 68-9.

1994Insomnia, vol. 3, no. 2, Spring 1994, p. 3 & pp. 38-9.

1993Dunn, Samantha.“Counted Out,” LA Weekly, vol. 15, no. 38, 20-26 Aug. 1993, pp. 24-5.

“L. A. fest spurns artistic integrity; spawns independent showing.”Nightlife Magazine, issue 594, 23

Aug. 1993, pp. 44-5.

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