April 11, 2018
Press Release - Adam Scott "Mojave Terraforms"

Mojave Terraforms

Opening Reception: Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM

On view through May 26, 2018

The current exhibition of recent paintings was inspired by the artist’s experiences and explorations of Joshua Tree, Wonder Valley and the Mojave Basin in Southern California. The novel geometric abstractions and painting process reflect the reductive desert landscape and rugged terrain with sculpted surfaces and spare, bold splashes of vibrant color against neutral backgrounds.

David Richard Gallery, LLC 
New York Venue – 211 East 121st ST.
New York, NY 10035 
P: 212-882-1705

David Richard Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming presentation, Adam Scott: Mojave Terraforms, the artist’s second solo exhibition with the gallery. The opening reception will be Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM. The exhibition will remain on view through May 26, 2018 at the Gallery’s New York venue located at 211 East 121 Street, New York, New York 10035, P: 212-882-1705. A digital catalogue will be available online. 

Last fall, David Richard Gallery presented Terraforms, Adam Scott’s newest paintings featuring his novel and physical process that captures less of the imagery and more of the physicality and essence of desert landscapes. The work was conceived with Northern New Mexico specifically in mind. The paintings were not particularly visually reminiscent of the mountainous and rugged terrain, but more that they captured the spartan forms and sculpted surfaces like those shaped by centuries of erosion and movement of wind and water as well as upheavals from tectonic shifts deep within the earth. Scott's approach is for the viewer to not only see, but also experience the desert through his sculpted paint and palpable forms.

The paintings in the current exhibition, Adam Scott: Mojave Terraforms actually predate those in the presentation from last fall. Mojave Terraforms emerged from Scott’s "initial encounters with Joshua Tree, Wonder Valley and the Mojave Basin" in Southern California. The imagery in Terraforms was more rigorously reductive and geometric with bolder and vibrant colors. In Mojave Terraforms the compositions are more complex with more of a narrative. In several of the paintings, the shapes seem to be evocative of reptilian, avian and primitive forms, while the palette is a little less acrid and Day Glo. Both series are inspired by earth, sand and sunlight—the most reductive of landscape elements—and their creation the result of moving, cutting, carving and molding the volumized acrylic paint into forms and patterns experienced only in the desert. The results are two very bold series of geometric and colorful abstractions that evoke not only the earth, but the experience of the earth with all of its magical colors and hallucinatory experiences.  

About Adam Scott:

Adam Scott explores many creative and cultural passions, as a painter, curator, educator, musician, and home renovator. Born in California, Scott received his BFA from California State University Long Beach and MFA from The School of the Art Institute Of Chicago, he lives and works in Chicago. After nearly ten years of representation and solo exhibitions with Kavi Guta Gallery in both Chicago and Leipzig as well as Galerie Schuster and Scheuermann in Frankfurt and Berlin, Scott embarked on a new path and series of paintings and exhibition endeavors. Scott has also exhibited in New York, NY, Seoul, Korea, Oslo, Norway, Basel, Switzerland, Los Angeles, CA, San Diego, Ca, and Dallas, TX, among other cities.

About David Richard Gallery:

Since its inception in 2010, David Richard Gallery has produced museum quality exhibitions that feature Post War abstraction in the US. The presentations have addressed specific decades and geographies as well as certain movements and tendencies. While the gallery has long been recognized as an important proponent of post-1960s abstraction—including both the influential pioneers as well as a younger generation of practitioners in this field— in keeping with this spirit of nurture and development the gallery also presents established and very new artists who embrace more gestural and representational approaches to the making of art as well as young emerging artists.

In 2015 David Richard Gallery launched DR Projects to provide a platform for artists of all stripes—international, national, local, emerging and established—to present special solo projects or to participate in unique collaborations or thematic exhibitions. The goal is to offer a fresh look at contemporary art practice from a broad spectrum of artists and presentations. Opening the second location in New York in 2017 exposes the gallery’s artists to new markets, institutions and collectors.

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Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts
J. Willard Marriott Library
The University of Utah, 01/17/2017

The University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library will host the art exhibition Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts, Jan. 20-March 3.

Artnauts, an art collective formed 20 years ago by George Rivera, professor of art and art history at the University of Colorado, Boulder, consists of 300 global artists who serve as goodwill ambassadors, acknowledging and supporting victims of oppression worldwide. Their creativity has generated over 230 exhibitions across five continents. Five faculty members from the U’s Department of Art and Art History are members of the collective, Sandy Brunvand, Beth Krensky, V. Kim Martinez, Brian Snapp and Xi Zhang.

Globalocation derives from “Globalocational Art” — a concept used by the Artnauts to refer to their exhibitions in international venues. It is the mission of the Artnauts to take art to places of contention, and this anniversary exhibition is a sample of places where they have been and themes they have addressed.

“The Artnauts could not exist without the commitment of the artists in the collective to a common vision of the transformative power of art,” said Rivera. “The Artnauts make their contribution with art that hopefully generates a dialogue with an international community on subjects that are sometimes difficult to raise.”

Krensky, associate department chair of the Art and Art History Department, had the opportunity to travel with Rivera in Chile as part of an Artnauts project, working with mothers who were searching for their children who had mysteriously disappeared during a time of political unrest.

“When I travelled to Chile in 1998, George and I spent an afternoon with the Mothers of the Disappeared, and the meeting changed my life,” said Krensky. “It was from that moment on that I placed a picture of them on my desk to look at every day. I was so moved by what they each had lost — a son, a brother, a father — and yet what remained for them was a deep, deep well of love. They were fierce warriors and stood up to the government to demand the whereabouts and information of the people who had disappeared, but they lived within profound love.”

The 20th anniversary exhibition at the Marriott Library is a retrospective of the traveling works the Artnauts have toured around the globe. The exhibition will be located on level three of the library. The opening reception is open to the public and will be held on Friday, Jan 20, 4-6 p.m. Rivera will speak at 4 p.m.

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