FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THE ART OF TRAUMA AND TRANSCENDENCE
SEASIDE, CA – September 12, 2016 – Seaside resident Edward M. Corpus will be one of 104 artists participating in Art Habitat’s 26th Annual Monterey County Open Studios Tour. His home studio at 9 Miguel Court in Seaside will be open for visitors to view and purchase his original artwork and prints on the weekend of September 24th and 25th.
He characterizes the often edgy and quirky style of art he creates as “horrendous and beautiful stories of trauma and transcendence,” and “subversive of popular culture”. Tinged with dark themes, they aim to draw attention to social and cultural conflicts — and their potential resolution.
A life-long artist, he works in traditional artists’ media such as graphite, charcoal, watercolor and acrylic paints. He draws as well on his training in digital graphic design from California State University Monterey Bay’s Information Technology and Communications Design program to create digital-based computer composited artwork.
“Be advised,” he cautions. ”Some of my work evokes emotional disquiet. It is after all a visual dialogue between the artist (me) and the viewer on the impacts of psychological and physical distress. However, I also use the healing light of self-knowledge, humor and ironic story-telling to point towards reclamation of childhood innocence, transcendence and creative beauty.”
His website at emcanimator.com shows a sampling of his visual style. Caution: NSFW — “not safe for work”.
Exhibitions of Monterey County artists’ work will run through October 14th at Hartnell College Gallery and through October 27th at Pacific Grove Art Center, where the gala will be held on Friday, September 24th between 7 and 9 PM.
A color catalog and map of all participating artists and venues is available for viewing and download from the Arts Habitat website.