• Cover Image: Whurk Magazine, June 2018

    Cover Image: Whurk Magazine, June 2018

    I am pleased to have my painting Of Splinters and Feathers on the cover of the June, 2018 issue of Whurk magazine. There is a short cover story on my two-person exhibition with my good friend and artist Matthew Grimes.
    Whurk features artists and authors with significant ties to Virginia, preferably ones who are based in state. The magazine's editorial focus also favors those who are part of public events hosted within the Commonwealth. The publication is available online and in hardcopy; check out Whurk here or pick up a copy at art organizations around the commonwealth.

  • i m m e r s i o n : e m e r s i o n - Update

    i m m e r s i o n  :  e m e r s i o n - Update

    We had a fantastic opening reception for i m m e r s i o n : e m e r s i o n on June 1 at Commune in Norfolk, Virginia (759 Granby Street). I a greatly appreciative and thankful to our Curator Carrie Coleman (Carrie Coleman Fine Art) and the Rutter Family Art Foundation for generously sponsoring this exhibition.

    There was a packed house with well over 100 people at the opening reception (and an equal or greater number at the private pre-party hosted by the Rutters). I'm honored by the level of enthusiasm for the artwork from attendees, and I am always humbled when my work finds new homes.

    Thank you Norfolk, Virginia! The exhibition is on view through July 14, 2018. Additional information about the exhibition can be found in the press release below.

  • Press Release: i m m e r s i o n : e m e r s i o n

    Press Release: i m m e r s i o n  :  e m e r s i o n

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- April 21, 2018

    RUTTER FAMILY ART FOUNDATION AND CARRIE COLEMAN FINE ART PRESENT:

    i m m e r s i o n : e m e r s i o n

    John M. Adams Matthew Grimes

    JUNE 1 - JULY 14, 2018

    Norfolk VA- Carrie Coleman Fine Art is pleased to announce the opening of immersion:emersion, a curated exhibition of two Virginia artists, John M. Adams and Matthew Grimes. The exhibition opens Friday, June 1, at Commune (759 Granby Street) in the NEON District of Norfolk with an opening reception beginning at 6pm.
    The exhibition, featuring deconstructed paintings and mixed media works, will remain on view through July 14, 2018.

    i m m e r s i o n : e m e r s i o n
    Employing unique individual approaches, Matthew Grimes and John M. Adams create work that is a reaction to immersion within specific environments. Each artist physically deconstructs and reconstructs major elements, altering their interpretation of the initial experience and developing new relationships between intention and memory.
    This juncture of disparate elements simultaneously causes tension and unexpected harmonies, blurring the lines between origin of experience and the structure of memory and ultimately format of the artifact. The work exhibits intricately fabricated compositions while relying heavily on exploratory yet confident gesture, nudging the viewer to ponder their own relationships with experience and memory.

    John M. Adams -
    My artwork activates the perceptual connection between artist, object, and viewer. In this new body of work I am continuing my exploration of the art object as a catalyst for contemplation and meditation for the viewer as well as the artist.
    The “Current Interrupted” series consists of paintings that have been separated into strips and reconstructed in a way to create new relationships by being put into a new context. Fluid marks are juxtaposed with the regulated rhythm of sharp horizontal line breaks, creating a fluttering vibration and tension in the paintings. I’m interested in what happens when snippets of perception are edited, reconfigured, and compartmentalized to give them new meaning.

    Matthew Grimes -
    As so often in life, more is to be discovered beyond what is transpiring immediately in front of us. The act of paying attention to this serves the genesis of my currently expanding line of deconstructed collage paintings. The streets, in particular of Santiago, Chile, are laden with posters screaming intentions via graphics, imagery, and words. Yet it isn’t the designed communication that pulls me in, but the allure of the endless decaying layers of juxtaposed color and texture producing in concert an almost silent chance of passive composition. Off the street, further investigation of these happenings takes place on wood panel along with paints, drawing, and the occasional found object, reinterpreting the original found paper moments via gestural innovation. My intention is to bring to light the electric beauty of which falls silent to most passersby, ciphering the positive qualities out of the banal of everyday to act catalyst towards increasing observation of this world we live in.

    Carrie Coleman Fine Art -
    Carrie Coleman has an extensive background as an art dealer, having worked at renowned art galleries in Richmond and Philadelphia. In 2010, Carrie founded Carrie Coleman Fine Art to fill the void of high quality, affordable fine art in the Hampton Roads area. Carrie works directly with artists and with regoinal and national galleries to offer a wide variety of innovative and visually stunning works. She was excited to put together this show of fellow James Madison University graduates, John M. Adams and Matthew Grimes.

    This exhibition has been generously sponsored by the Rutter Family Art Foundation.

    The Rutter Family Art Foundation exists to support nonprofit arts organizations in Hampton Roads and to bring contemporary art to the widest possible audience. The Foundation operates from the historic Texaco Building on Granby Street in the heart of Norfolk's NEON Arts District.

    VENUE LOCATION AND HOURS:
    Commune
    759 Granby St, Norfolk, Va
    www.communevb.com/commune-norfolk
    Monday - Thursday, 8:00am–3:00pm
    Friday - Sunday, 8:00am-4:00pm

    FOR MORE INFORMATION OR APPOINTMENT CONTACT:
    Carrie Coleman
    CARRIE COLEMAN FINE ART
    757.374.6989
    carriejcoleman1@yahoo.com
    www.carriecolemanfineart.com

    IMAGES ARE AVAILABLE FOR REPRODUCTION

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  • "Interval" Press Release

    "Interval" Press Release

    John M. Adams – INTERVAL
    December 1 – February 23, 2017
    Opening reception: Friday, December 1, 2017 6-9PM
    Artist Talk: Saturday, December 2, 2017 2-3:30PM

    SHOCKOE ARTSPACE is pleased to present INTERVAL, a solo exhibition by recently relocated to Richmond artist John M. Adams.

    Interval is comprised of a wide array of lush abstract paintings. Meticulous in their crafting, Adams sense of color and touch culminates in a body of work that both rewards and dually challenges the most careful and keen observer. This is an exhibition that truly must be seen!

    Artist Statement
    My artwork activates the perceptual connection between artist, object, and viewer. In this new body of work I am continuing my exploration of the art object as a catalyst for contemplation and meditation for the viewer as well as the artist.
    The “Current Interrupted” series consists of paintings that have been separated into strips and reconstructed in a way to create new relationships by being put into a new context. Fluid marks are juxtaposed with the regulated rhythm of sharp horizontal line breaks, creating a fluttering vibration and tension in the paintings. I’m interested in what happens when snippets of perception are edited, reconfigured, and compartmentalized to give them new meaning.

    Bio
    Adams was born in Hampton, VA and grew up in rural Gloucester, VA surrounded by the open water and tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay. His work continues to be influenced by his passion for exploring the natural world as much as it is influenced by the structure of the urban and suburban environments.
    Adams recently relocated his studio to Richmond, VA after working in the DC Metro area for 16 years. He earned a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and a MFA from James Madison University. His work can be found in private, corporate, and public collections such as the Wilson Building (DC City Hall) and the DC Art Bank Collections. He has received numerous awards including a Graduate Fellowship From the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and a Strauss Grant.

    For further information and available works, please contact the gallery.

    Shockoe Artspace
    info@shockoeartspace.com
    12 N 19th Street Richmond, VA 23223
    www.shockoeartspace.com

  • Interval (solo exhibition) Opens December 1, 2017

    Interval (solo exhibition) Opens December 1, 2017

    Interval (solo exhibition)
    Opening Reception:
    6-9pm, Friday, December 1, 2017
    Shockoe Artspace
    12 North 19th Street
    Richmond, VA 23223

    My artwork activates the perceptual connection between artist, object, and viewer. In this new body of work I am continuing my exploration of the art object as a catalyst for contemplation and meditation for the viewer as well as the artist.

    The “Current Interrupted” series consists of paintings that have been separated into strips and reconstructed in a way to create new relationships by being put into a new context. Fluid marks are juxtaposed with the regulated rhythm of sharp horizontal line breaks, which creates a fluttering vibration and tension in the paintings. I’m interested in what happens when snippets of perception are edited, reconfigured, and compartmentalized to give them new meaning through their relationship to the whole.

    Additional info about this work:

    I'm an avid outdoorsman and find myself equally inspired by the structures of the natural world and of those of the suburban/urban environment in which I work. The format of this work was also influenced by the birth of my son, who was born in the spring of 2016: he is with me everyday so he spends quite a bit of time with me in the studio.

    The rhythm and atmosphere of my studio has been fundamentally altered because of my son- its no longer just me in the studio for hours, thinking, looking, making marks. My time and attention are divided between him and the work. I quickly realized long painting sessions in which I got lost in my work were no longer a possibility. I had to find a way to be able to create continuity, flow and maintain focus in the paintings while working in 5, 10, or 15 minute snippets of time.

    The bulk of this new work has been created in my new studio in Richmond, VA in the summer and fall of 2017.

  • Emulsion 2017, March 3-16

    Emulsion 2017, March 3-16

    I'm honored to have my work selected for East City Art's Emulsion exhibition for the second year in a row with this fabulous group of DC area artists. I will be at the opening reception and participating in the artist talk.

    Opening Reception: Friday March 3, 6-8:30 pm
    Artist Talk: Tuesday, March 7, 6pm

    Pepco Edison Place Gallery
    702 8th St. NW
    Washington, DC

    Read about the artists from the exhibition here.

  • Terminal Flux: a large scale site-specific drawing at NVCC

    Terminal Flux: a large scale site-specific drawing at NVCC

    Terminal Flux is the largest site-specific drawing I have created, it occupies the atrium of the Schlesinger Arts Center on the NVCC, Alexandria Campus, and was installed in just five days (January 9-13, 2017). The drawing measures approximately 23 feet tall and 30 feet wide. It will be on view for approximately one year.

    Eric Hope from East City Art wrote about the installation after a visit to NVCC during the install- Read that review www.eastcityart.com/reviews/east-city-a?

    View the press release from NVCC.

  • New Waves 2017 at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art

    New Waves 2017 at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art

    I'm pleased to have had "That Three O'Clock" selected by Juror Ken Harman (Owner/Director of Hashimoto Contemporary and Spoke Art, Former online editor of Hi-Fructose Magazine) for inclusion in the New Waves 2017 exhibition at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art.

    New Waves 2017 at Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art
    2200 Parks Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA 23451
    January 28-April16, 2017

  • Solo Exhibition: Current Interrupted

    Solo Exhibition: Current Interrupted

    Solo Exhibition: Current Interrupted
    You can read a Q&A about the paintings I made for this exhibition here.
    Forum Gallery, Schlesinger Center, NVCC Alexandria Campus
    4915 East Campus Drive, Alexandria, VA 22311
    September 23-December 18, 2016
    Artist Talk, 1-3 pm, October 22, 2016

  • Dialogue: A Visual Conversation

    Dialogue: A Visual Conversation

    Dialogue: A Visual Conversation
    Curated by Sharon Burton, Jacqui Crocetta, and Tessa Barr
    Dennis and Phillip Ratner Museum
    10001 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, MD
    October 30, 2016 - January 4, 2017