KIRK PEDERSEN: NO MAP REQUIRED — WORDS ERIC JUNKER IMAGES COURTESY KIRK PEDERSEN
sk Kirk Pedersen about his journey from accomplished painter and teacher, to photographer and bookmaker, to prolific limited-editionart-book-publisher and he’ll tell you, “I don't have a roadmap.” Indeed, metaphors for journeys and transformations don’t apply, because he's comfortably all of these things at once. No map required. His subtle Western drawl and hospitable demeanor belie an intensity and focus that’s more apparent in the shear volume and quality of his work. His ZERO+ imprint published 12 limited edition titles in 2011 alone. He creates monumental abstract paintings and shows them in galleries around the world. He holds a full time teaching position at a local college. His travels? Seoul, Shenyang, Bangkok, Beijing, Macau, Shinjuku...Pomona is home base. One pauses for the punch line about Pomona, but we shouldn't be surprised to find this level of sophisticated creative diligence coming from the unusually fecund Claremont/Pomona womb. Though removed from Los Angeles’ assorted art hubs by 30 plus roaring miles of anxious freeway, this cultural border zone has nurtured a diverse assortment of shining creative lights and visionaries including the Dust Brothers, Chris Burden, Ben Harper, Tom Waits, James Turrell, Art Clokey, Frank Zappa, Mort Sahl, Peter Drucker, Hal Glicksman and maybe Jessica Alba. That would be a fun party, and well worth the drive.
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