• "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