October 12, 2017
Press Release - Adam Scott "Terraforms"


Opening Reception: Friday, October 13, 2017 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm

On View through November 11, 2017

David Richard Gallery
now represents Adam Scott and presents his first
solo exhibition with the gallery

David Richard Gallery, LLC

Santa Fe Location - 1570 Pacheco Street, Suite A1
Santa Fe, NM 87505
P: 505-983-9555

David Richard Gallery is pleased to announce representation of Adam Scott and his first solo exhibition with the gallery. Terraforms will be on exhibition from Friday, October 13 through November 11, 2017 at 1570 Pacheco Street, Suite A1, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505. There will be an opening reception with the artist on Friday, October 13 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. A digital exhibition catalogue will be available on line along with a video of a gallery talk between the artist and gallerist, David Eichholtz.

Scott continues the tradition of making pictures inspired by landscapes. However, in his newest paintings, there is no horizon or direct reference to landscapes. Using a modified acrylic paint and process of application as well as a two dimensional support frequently consisting of shaped canvases, he instead creates an experience of the earth and specific location of a landscape. The surfaces of these paintings are actually sculpted using many different devices, basically anything other than a brush and including, pouring the paint. The paint is thick and full of volume from the inclusion of a variety of particulates – iron, marble dust, mica – and full of life. The colors range from black to vibrant, bold pigments with the use of fluorescence, pearlescent finishes and interference paint, each providing spectral shifts, a shimmer like the sun reflecting off sand and rocks, as well as optical effects. These paintings look as though they have been sculpted by the earth’s eruptions and tectonic shifts as well as carved by the blowing wind and rushing water, giving them a painterly and hand-crafted feels. They are tactile and the non-square shapes make them seem less likely to have been painted from a “window-view” of the world, but more like they were observed from various shaped portals from outer space or through one’s imagination. 

In the artist’s words, the inspiration for these new paintings is the “visual distillations of observed geologic phenomena that occurs in the high elevations of the Mojave Desert in Joshua Tree California.” Other influences that come through in these paintings are his interests in cross cultural experiences and symbols, and a passion for the trippy, psychedelic side of life with vivid and phosphorescent and interference paints.

About Adam Scott:

Adam Scott explores many creative and cultural passions, as a painter, curator, educator, musician, chef 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 yeas 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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