Outer Edge Studio To Close
Andrew Jackson says he’ll continue to host parties at other venues.
Thursday, August 9, 2007
Life at the Edge was taking up too much space. This month, Andrew and Sunshine Jackson are closing the chapter on the current incarnation of Outer Edge Studio, the only studio of its kind in the county, to make more room in Andrew’s schedule for other artistic pursuits.
Their tenure in the shoebox storefront on Bonifacio Place just off Alvarado in Monterey was distinguished by a resolute dedication to young, urban work and spirited art openings, where a DJ would cram into a tiny loft and exhibition goers, holding cups of cheap wine and cans of Miller High Life, would spill into the street. The final party there was Friday, July 27.
Andrew, who has curated the 400-square-foot hair salon/studio space for three years, says he’ll concentrate more on his own painting and on his publishing and printing work, which has taken off in the last year.
“Whenever I wasn’t preparing shows I was printmaking,” Andrew says. “And the studio has been relying on my other work more than shows for its support.”
Using his eye for up-and-coming artists and rare, cutting-edge scanning technology, Jackson has established rabid followings – and lucrative print markets – for local artists like San Jose’s David Choe in places as far off as London.
He adds that the shows at the Edge have allowed him to establish an online presence at outeredgestudio.com, where he will continue to market young local artists.
And he hasn’t abandoned what he calls the county’s “city art” fans, either. He will host infrequent parties elsewhere, like the one he is planning for one of his best selling artists, Bask, pending the discovery of a New Monterey space where Bask can cover the floors and walls with paintings of octopi. A new art series, called “Outer Edge Invasion,” will organize special events at collaborating galleries ranging from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz.
“Andrew makes it look so easy, but a lot of energy goes into those shows,” Sunshine says. “I’ll miss Outer Edge parties, but we’re still gonna have shows.”