Edd Johannemann’s work explores a lifelong curiosity with light, shadow, and color. It grew out of a background in photography, sculpture, wood working, and stained glass. The work explores the transition between one state of being and another. Inspiration is drawn from the interface between the natural and manmade world, politics, the human condition, and the Divine. Ideas come from diverse sources including music, mythology, and theology.
Edd combines glass, wood, wire and found objects to create works that have an ethereal quality that speaks to the fragility inherent in transitions. Stained glass is used to manipulate the quality and color of transmitted and reflected light. Wire allows the glass to move and float giving depth, blended color and motion. Wood species are specifically selected then milled into components for each piece. Found objects are incorporated as the piece requires. Though a sketch or drawing is done, my pieces are organic, with changes made as the piece develops.
Edd’s training includes a BA in Liberal Studies with a minor in Fine Art from Bellarmine University. In pursuit of his studies, Edd made stops at Berea College and the University of Louisville studying art and photography. After taking a course in copper foil method stained glass, Edd discovered a medium that provides a creative outlet for his many interests and passions. Since his initial experience in working with glass, Edd has continued, through practice, experimentation, and trial and error to refine and expand his abilities to incorporate leaded stained glass, and other techniques to create a sculptural style that is uniquely his.
Edd is a juried member of the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen, the Louisville Artisans Guild, and the Art Association of Oldham County. Edd is a member of Kore Gallery in Louisville, Ky, and Gallery 104 in La Grange, Ky.
Juried Exhibition Awards:
- July 2019: Louisville Artisans Guild 47th Annual Exhibit: Juror: Elmer Lucille Allen: Kore Gallery, Louisville, KY: Outstanding Craft
- February 2019: Years of Chaos – Issues That Are Destroying Us: Jurors: Arthur Harder, MFA, and Muffy Sinclair, MS: Kore Gallery, Louisville KY: 3rd Prize
- October 2018: Inspiration Art Show: Juror – Don Cartwright: Gallery 104, La Grange, KY: 1st Prize
- July 2017: Carved Cast or Assembled: Sculpture Show: Juror – Bob Lockhart, MFA: Gallery 104, La Grange, KY: Honorable Mention