Nothing Succeeds like Excess by Leslie Edwards Humez

Curator’s Statement

Bright, shiny tactile Pop Art ceramics would describe the work of Leslie Edwards Humez.  However, through reading her statement, one learns that this ceramic quality is obtained through hand painted air dried clay covered with a clear coat.

In any case, her work employs attention grabbing fun colors, patterns, and form fitting shapes with recognizable figures, and food and fruits as her vehicle.  Her pieces exaggerate the quality of the forms, but not necessarily the color: her figurative females bring out the femaleness of that form, her apple brings out the “appleness” of an apple!  Her work brings out the “funness” of fruit, sandwiches, and figures.  There is nothing boring or drab here as Leslie says, “Let’s have a party!!!” with her work!

Artist Statement

“Nothing succeeds like excess.”  Can you really ever have too much of a good thing?

I’m Leslie Edwards Humez and there’s something enviable about the confident flippancy of Oscar Wilde’s above quote that appeals to the introvert inside me; the quote influences my work as do other literary allusions, metaphors, and word play.

I make my own materials using a blend of natural porcelain clay and cellulose fiber, which air dries, making it environmentally friendlier than kiln-fired pieces, and the finished work is as resilient as wood.  Each sculpture is sanded smooth and painted with acrylics.  A final clear coat transforms the surface to one that is highly reflective, like a sheen of glass, and is often mistaken for ceramic ware.

I would like to change the perception that as a sculptor, I neither paint nor draw.  Nothing could be farther from the truth; sculpture is simply a focal point for other mediums.  Take a moment to look beyond the physical construction of the work into its design, color, and pattern, and you will realize that I face the added challenge of painting on three-dimensional surfaces.

News just in!  Gallery +, in the 78th St. Studio art mecca, is now home to my work and I couldn’t be more excited.  Having a permanent sense of place is a plus.

Visit my website to see how work is made: clevelandartsculpture.com

FB: facebook.com/leslieedwards.humez

CAN Journal:  PERSPECTIVES  http://canjournal.org/events/perspectives/

1)Sweet Somethings

Sweet Somethings

commissioned by Main Street Gourmet LLC of Cuyahoga Falls, manufacturer of custom baked goods

    SOLD ($2450. value)

My 2014 Akron Arts Prize entry is characterized by excess, bounty, and abundance.  Public voting decides the awards, and I need your vote!(More info at http://clevelandartsculpture.weebly.com/akron-arts-prize-2014.html)

2)Gluttony-Make Me One With Everything

Gluttony

NFS

Akron Arts Prize 2013/8th in 230 entries by public vote

Abundance is also redolent in the Dagwood sandwich, which needs no explanation beyond mentioning that it was fun to throw in unexpected components like fish heads, marbles and monkeys, the harlequin octopus and a stub of a stogie.  How great is life when life’s work is such fun?

3)Greed

Greed/Make Me One with Everything

Valley Art Center Catalog cover, 2012

NFS

various awards

Greed/Make Me One With  Everything is yet another sort of bounty, manifest in the allusive vignettes painted on each scoop of this over-the-top bowl of ice cream.  This piece also includes a familiar political protagonist: the octopus, that liminal, elusive creature with enough reach to snatch everything out from underneath us.

4)Sundae Shoes

Sundae Shoes

12″ x 12″ x 8″ wide at base

                   Olivia Olssen Memorial Award, Salmagundi Club, NYC, 2013

$2050.

Sometimes the title comes first.  This fusion of ice cream and footwear came to my consciousness  as I recalled my first pair of spike heels.

5)Steppin' Out

Steppin’ Out

17″ x 8″ x 6″ wide at base

$600.

Steppin’ Out  is another piece whose title came first.  A spooky 40’s tune (“Steppin’ Out With My Baby”) combined with a leggy “pear-shaped” figure that is walking away from the little black dress at her ankles (not shown here) brought this work out of the closet.

“Tall Walls” kudos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPlHDhN5CVs

7) Pop-Up Girl-Eat Your Heart Out, Stan Lee

Pop-Up Girl/Eat Your Heart Out, Stan Lee

17″ x 6″ x 4″ wide at the base

$1250.

What would a super-heroine look like if I she were created to destroy internet pop-ups?

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Luminaria

sizes available from 10″ to 6′

custom work from $50 to $2300.

I get a kick out of pushing boundaries, riding the edge of reality, and exploring the hidden corners of possibility.  Combining the unlikely is the ultimate boost.  Luminaria, mood lighting with a tribal feel and a subtle inner fire, are cobbled together from bamboo and paper.  They call to mind primitive villages, new beginnings, inner circles, and intimacy.  Each 10 inch to six feet tall made-to-order sculpture helps manage my homegrown bamboo forest, and repurposes its leaves and a variety of papers.

6) Who Pulled The Plug

Who Pulled The Plug?

SOLD (valued at $350.)

And while we’re in the armoire of emerging ideas, Who Pulled The Plug? makes note of the prisons of self we construct for ourselves and the difficulty we face when coming out of them.  The wide-eyed incredulity of the octopus illustrates his shock as he emerges into a different world.   9) Random Acts of Art

Random Acts of Art Cleveland

pro bono/civic/inquiries encouraged

“Random Acts of Art Cleveland” is a fresh new civic venture for me.  It’s driven by two ideas: first, we all understand that a rising tide floats all boats, and secondly, we firmly believe that on-location, pop-up demos heighten public awareness and make art more user-friendly by demystifying the process.  We believe that by presenting artists as real working people, we can draw in the hesitant passer-by and remove perceived elitism and snobbery from the arts equation.  Random Acts promotes discourse and provides an accessible bridge for the uninitiated that invites gallery exploration and growth the arts in general.

Hence our “Random Acts” work is pro bono, and nothing is sold.  What’s in it for us, you may ask?  We get time out of the studio, add to our following, and engage the passing public in a friendly, unassuming way that entertains, enlightens, enriches lives (ours included), and promotes an interest in the arts.   In short, we enjoy doing our part by getting out there and contributing to the dialog.

10) Perspectives

Perspectives, an upcoming exhibition

The Art Gallery Willoughby

Join us at The Art Gallery Willoughby during the Perspectives exhibit, October 10th through December 24th, 2014.  Receptions: October 10th from 6 to 9 p.m. and November 22nd from 6 to 9 p.m., with Zackary Hoon, George Kocar, Marilyn Dolence, Ted Lawson, and introducing my better half, cartoonist Nick Humez.

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