Reston
 
Virginia

Artist's statement

Full Artist's statement

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

The site-specific drawings are created on location, for that specific location. Typically, they last for the duration of the exhibition and are destroyed when the exhibition is over. The transitory drawings require the viewer to be in a specific place during a specific time period to experience the work first hand. The feathery line quality of the graphite drawings evoke plumes of smoke or light reflected on surface of water, equally transitory and in keeping with the larger work's momentary existence. Together, these components offer a metaphor for evolution - moving the viewer through creation, existience, and eventual destruction.

The “Deconstructed” 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.

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All work by John M.

John M. Adams
2015, 96 x 120 , graphite on wall
John M. Adams
2016, 40 x 32 x .5, acrylic, acid-free tape, latex house paint on gatorboard
John M. Adams
2016, 40 x 32 x .5, acrylic, acid-free tape, latex house paint on gatorboard
John M. Adams
2016, 40 x 32 x .5, Acrylic, acid-free tape, latex house paint on gatorboard
John M. Adams
2016, 40 x 32 x .5, acrylic, acid-free tape, latex house paint on gatorboard
John M. Adams
2016, 40 x 32 x .5, acrylic, acid-free tape, latex house paint on gatorboard