Franconia Dinner and Discussion: Don Edler

Franconia Dinner and Discussion: Don Edler

Franconia presents their July Dinner and Discussion series with LA based sculptor Don Edler.

Franconia's longstanding "Dinner & Discussion" lecture series invites the community to engage with visiting artists in a fun and informal setting. Artists give a one-hour presentation, followed by dinner and a community dialogue about the work. Suggested donation of $10.

** Franconia Sculpture Park is committed to remaining open as an oasis for our visitors during this difficult time. In an effort to maintain social distancing guidelines we're asking our patrons to register in advance for all 2020 events. Thank you for your cooperation!  Register here:

Don Edler is a Los Angeles-based artist who has been developing a body of sculptural works concerned with the evolution of human-made images, and their relationship to information, visual noise, and language. Influenced by Neolithic pictographs found inscribed on altars, Edler’s carved tablets incorporate a combination of handmade marks, urban detritus, casting, and improvised processes to create large narrative tableaux. Informed by various current political conversations such as biopolitics and climate change, Edler sees each of these works as a kind of experimental image residing between a speculative contemporary still-life and a pseudo-archeological memoir from the Anthropocene.

For this “Dinner & Discussion” lecture, 2020 Franconia Fellow Don Edler will discuss the relationship between human waste and culture production by looking at the role trash has played in shaping our understanding of early human culture. His lecture will cover early tool making and the dawn of language and semiotic systems as the technological basis of the human domination of the natural world. Edler will also discuss his past burial projects and urban scavenging practice in relation to the work he will be making while in-residence at Franconia Sculpture Park.
Don Edler holds an MFA from New York University and a BFA from the University of Florida.

**In an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, this Dinner & Discussion will also be held via Facebook Live. If you're unable to attend in person please join us from the comfort of your own home and send your questions for Don through Facebook Live!

Photo: "one year in the earth" by Don Edler, 2018-2019

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