Edwin Bethea

Three Chambers of a Labyrinth

December 12 - January 24, 2016






































Opening night, December 12, 2016












Nathan Townes-Anderson and Tabitha Vidaurri




Edwin Bethea, Tim Simonds, David Dixon




'The Beginning's End', 2015, charcoal drawing assemblage




'Study for Motion', 2015, wood, gold plated razors



'Study for Amusement', 2015, concrete, wood, gold plated wire



Cathouse FUNeral is proud to present Edwin Bethea’s 'Three Chambers of a Labyrinth', which is exactly that, the gallery having been divided––with the addition of several new walls––into a dimly lit labyrinth with three chambers. In each of the three chambers there is a large-scale collaged charcoal drawing referencing adolescence, some accented with 23kt gold. It is evident from the resolution and handling of these drawings that they are not derived from photographs, nor traced, nor transferred via projector or any other mechanical means of reproduction, rather they are intensely observed and sensitively rendered, made by hand and drawn from “life,” i.e., each construct has its foundation in solitude and reflection. Moreover, objects both found and composed (remnants of an existence) are deliberately placed throughout the dimly lit labyrinth moving one forward with speed, absorption and realization toward the next stage, or chamber. The entire construction––labyrinth, drawings, and sculpture––gives form to hidden, dark internal growth. This is an expedition through the early stages of a fantastical truth, each traveler on a journey of discovery, hand held lights will be installed to aid in the spelunking.

Edwin Bethea was born in Philadelphia, PA in 1983. He moved to New York City from Los Angeles in 2010 after having graduated from  Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore (BFA) and Arizona State University (MFA). His work has been shown in solo and group shows primarily in New York (Noerr Gallery, The One Well, Mallick Williams & Co., International Print Center), Los Angeles (Rowan Gallery, Subliminal Projects, Audis Husar Fine Art) and Denver (Icelantic Gallery).




'The Unattainable', 2015, detail, charcoal on paper