Lisa Adams

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Lisa Adams
Birth nameLisa Adams
Born1955
Bristol, Pennsylvania
NationalityAmerican
FieldPainting
TrainingB.A. 1977 Scripps College, Claremont, California; University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany; M.F.A. 1980 Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California
AwardsFulbright Award 1996; a Brody Arts Fund Fellowship and a Durfee ARC Grant
 
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Lisa Adams
Birth nameLisa Adams
Born1955
Bristol, Pennsylvania
NationalityAmerican
FieldPainting
TrainingB.A. 1977 Scripps College, Claremont, California; University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany; M.F.A. 1980 Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California
AwardsFulbright Award 1996; a Brody Arts Fund Fellowship and a Durfee ARC Grant

Lisa Adams is an American painter who emerged in the mid 1980s. She is best known for her oil paintings of imaginary worlds that address both personal and collective realities. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is in the public collections of Eli Broad, the San Jose Museum of Art, the Frederick R. Weisman Museum,[1] the Laguna Museum of Art[2] and the Edward Albee Foundation.[3] She lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

Work and Exhibitions[edit source | edit]

The Mire of Epiphany by Lisa Adams (2013) oil on panel, 48 x 60 inches.

Combining images of dystopic environments and unlikely human-built structures, Lisa Adams[4] is best known for her oil paintings of imaginary worlds that address both personal and collective realities. Though her work is not directly about issues resulting from climate change, her paintings reference a significant shift in our thinking and our planet.

Lisa Adams' work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is represented by CB1 Gallery[5] in Los Angeles, where her solo exhibition Second Life runs through May 12, 2013 and was recently reviewed in the LA Times by Holly Myers.[6]

Lisa also blogs on Los Angeles art for the Huffington Post.

Almost A Forest by Lisa Adams (2012) oil on panel, 40 x 48 inches.

Early Influences and Work[edit source | edit]

Adams knew she would be an artist at age ten after seeing a reproduction of Salvador Dalí's The Persistence of Memory. She also recalls being fascinated by the Charles and Ray Eames short film Powers of Ten and by a Karl Benjamin non-objective painting when she was thirteen years old.

In 1981, shortly after graduating from the Claremont Graduate University, Adams and artist Craig Kauffman (with whom she was romantically involved at the time) moved to SoHo in New York City. She often referred to that time as her real education, where she was influenced by artists such as Susan Rothenberg and Julian Schnabel. Adams' work was included in group exhibitions in the East Village and SoHo.

In 1985 after her split with Kauffman, she returned to Los Angeles and continued to pursue her career as a painter. Adams painted abstractly for over a decade, eventually experimenting with unconventional art materials, such as linoleum and caulking and she learned how to weld and woodwork, incorporating steel and shaped panels as elements integral to her paintings. She thought of her investigations into this hybrid form of artwork as “wall dependent” sculpture. Later in the early 2000s Adams received a Durfee ARC Grant[7] to purse experiments in video work.

Public Art, Residencies and Special Projects[edit source | edit]

In addition to her studio practice Adams works on public art projects which have included the West Valley Branch Library, Reseda, California, the Fire Station No. 64[8] in Watts, Los Angeles and her most recent public art project is the Chatsworth Station[9] for the Los Angeles Metro Orange Line Extension completed in June 2012.

As an artist-in-residence, Adams has lived and worked in Slovenia, Finland, Japan, Holland and Costa Rica and has traveled extensively throughout Europe and Asia.

She has worked as an independent curator, who in 2000, co-founded Crazy Space, an alternative exhibition space, in Santa Monica, California.

In the 1990s Adams was commission by BMW of North America to paint an ArtCar[10] and has been included in A Day in the Life of the American Woman: How We See Ourselves,[11] Bullfinch Press, 2005.

Academic Experience[edit source | edit]

Adams began teaching in 1986. Since that time she has taught at many reputed art departments throughout the Los Angeles area and abroad, including the University of Southern California, the Claremont Graduate University the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Ljubljana, Slovenia, UCLA Extension, Otis College of Art & Design and the Santa Monica College of Design, Art and Architecture where she authored a book titled FM*,[12] (Peeps Island Press, 1999) a How To book about painting, based on her teachings between 1997-1999. She has also conducted workshops at the World Design Studios in Gifu City, Japan, the Idyllwild Arts Academy and Summer Arts at California State University, Fresno.

Collections and Media[edit source | edit]

In 2012 two short films were produced about Adams and her working process. The first is by Eric Minh Swenson[13] titled Toxic Sky[14] and the second is part of a video series by Joseph Santarromana[15] titled The Remembers, episode 3.[16]

In the fall of 2011, her first monograph book titled Vicissitude of Circumstance was published by Zero+ Publishing[17] (available on Amazon[18]) and James Scarborough's essay[19] that appears in the book was published on the Huffington Post.

Lisa Adams work is in the public collections of Eli Broad, the San Jose Museum of Art, the Frederick R. Weisman Museum,[20] the Laguna Museum of Art[21] and the Edward Albee Foundation.[22]

References[edit source | edit]

  1. ^ http://ny.artslant.com/la/venues/show/1755-frederick-r-weisman-museum-of-art-at-pepperdine-university the Frederick R. Weisman Museum
  2. ^ http://lagunaartmuseum.org/ the Laguna Museum of Art
  3. ^ http://www.albeefoundation.org/ the Edward Albee Foundation
  4. ^ http://www.lisamakesart.com Lisa Adams website
  5. ^ http://cb1gallery.com/artists/lisa-adams.html CB1 Gallery
  6. ^ http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/culture/la-et-cm-art-review-lisa-adams-at-cb1-gallery-20130409,0,7547297.story Los Angeles Times review by Holly Myers
  7. ^ http://durfee.org/ Durfee ARC Grant
  8. ^ http://www.box.net/shared/494mer31al Fire Station No. 64, Watts, Los Angeles
  9. ^ http://thesource.metro.net/2012/02/03/art-for-the-orange-line-a-glimpse-of-stoney-point-park-by-lisa-adams/ Los Angeles Metro Orange Line Chatsworth Station
  10. ^ http://www.box.net/shared/0sfv884enu BMW ArtCar, 1993
  11. ^ http://www.amazon.com/Day-Life-American-Woman-Ourselves/dp/0821257064 A Day in the Life of the American Woman: How We See Ourselves
  12. ^ http://www.amazon.com/F-M-Lisa-Adams/dp/0966943406 FM* (Peeps Island Press, 1999)
  13. ^ http://thuvanarts.com/ Filmmaker Eric Minh Swenson
  14. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=rMQeTlzJyFg Toxic Sky, documentary on Lisa Adams' process
  15. ^ http://system-yellow.com/joesbio.html Filmmaker Joseph Santarromana
  16. ^ http://vimeo.com/40434947 The Remembers, episode 3, documentary on Lisa Adams' process
  17. ^ http://www.zeropluspublishing.com/lisa_adams.htm#images/LISA%20ADAMS%20A%20Morass%20of%20Con.jpg ZERO+ Publishing
  18. ^ http://www.amazon.com/Lisa-Adams-Vicissitude-Circumstance/dp/1937222020 Amazon link to the artist's monograph
  19. ^ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/james-scarborough/lisa-adams-and-the-spirit_b_860318.html Huffington Post essay republished from the artist's monograph
  20. ^ http://ny.artslant.com/la/venues/show/1755-frederick-r-weisman-museum-of-art-at-pepperdine-university the Frederick R. Weisman Museum
  21. ^ http://lagunaartmuseum.org/ the Laguna Museum of Art
  22. ^ http://www.albeefoundation.org/ the Edward Albee Foundation

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