Toys on the Side
If actor/musician/artist Richard Edson turned into the Troy McClure character in The Simpsons, this is what he might say: Hi, Im Richard Edson. Though my name isnt known on, say, a Michael Jackson-like plane, you may remember me from films such as Ferris Bueller's Day Off (I was the joy-riding parking-garage-attendant a-hole), Stranger Than Paradise (I played Eddie in that one), Desperately Seeking Susan, Platoon, and the Spike Lee joint Do the Right Thing.
But unlike the done-for, one-dimensional McClure, Edson whose film credits are approaching triple-digits is anything but a Hollywood hack. Plus, he was the original drummer of this band you may have heard of called Sonic Youth. The Los Angeles resident is also a pretty kick-butt photographer, evidenced by an exhibition currently showing at Perihelion Arts. Edsons large-format, hyper-focused-on-one-area shots of childrens toys is in-a-good-way startling, and may make the viewer attach anthropomorphized qualities to each subject, which range from a toy hippopotamus to a rabbit-girl figurine.
Fri., July 17, 6-10 p.m., 2009
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