During the summer months, George Adams Gallery will present Inside /
Outisde, a two-part group exhibition in the main gallery. Part one,
Inside, surveys the representation of interior spaces and includes
paintings by Jack Beal, Joan Brown, Amer Kobaslija, Andrew Lenaghan,
and James Valerio. Part two, Outside, deals with landscapes and
cityscapes and features paintings by James Barsness, Roy De Forest,
Amer Kobaslija, Andrew Lenaghan, Joyce Treiman, and James Valerio, as
well as a drawing and sculpture by Robert Arneson.
In addition to the general theme of interiors, the works included in
the exhibition Inside make parallel inquiries into mark making,
self-portraiture, and iconography. For example, both Jim Valerio and
Amer Kobaslija in Studio Exit (2003) and Janitor’s Closet (2007),
respectively, depict a mopped floor, with the mop becoming an analogy
for the painter’s brush and the abstract swirls a reference to paint
itself. The skewed perspective in Kobaslija’s claustrophobic interior
also resonates in Joan Brown’s intersecting planes of patterned floor
and figure in Woman Waiting in a Theater Lobby (1975), while Andrew
Lenaghan’s life-size self-portrait Planet of the Apes II (2007) and
Jack Beal’s Self-Portrait with Rudbeckias and Daylillies (1988) make
use of mirrors as compositional devices.
Part II, Outside, includes Jim Barsness, Roy De Forest and Joyce
Treiman in addition to several of the artists from the first
exhibition. Somewhat uncharacteristically, Kobaslija and Valerio are
each represented by a cityscape, while Lenaghan and Treiman portray the
beauty of the seashore. In contrast, Arneson, Barsness, and De Forest
present a more fantastic view of suburban and rural life.
Concurrently, in the Drawing Gallery there will be a series of
exhibitions titled Dialogues pairing related works by gallery artists.
First up is Heads, which includes sculptures by Robert Arneson, Lesley
Dill, and Michael Ferris. This exhibition will be followed by Politics
As Usual, a presentation of politically inspired drawings and prints by
Robert Arneson, Enrique Chagoya, David Fox, and Peter Saul. The third
and final exhibition in the series is The Enigmatic Object, which will
include small-scale sculptures by Robert Arneson, Yoan Capote, Ron
Nagle and H.C. Westermann.