CB1 Gallery is pleased to present Lisa Adams’ second solo show with the gallery, Second Life. Wielding an increased vocabulary of imagery and also of paint treatments, Adams transfers what she knows about nature, biology, zoology, botany, geometry, light, space, and spray paint into a parallel universe where the elements of composition have a different relationship to one another. The works in Second Life were headed into unknown visual territory before an eye-surgery crisis intervened in Lisa Adams life and paintings. A convalescence of enforced non-looking drove Adams even deeper into her imagination. She didn’t stop looking just because her eyes were closed -- she looked around inside her head instead. Thinking took the place of seeing for a while, the very definition of imagination, and it’s that second world depicted in these paintings.
(text source: CB1 Gallery)
Lisa Adams, The Principal of Competitive Exclusion, 2012-13, Oil on panel, 60” x 48”; Courtesy of the artist and CB1 Gallery
More on Lisa Adams (lives in Los Angeles, CA)
Lisa Adams is a painter and public artist who lives and works in Los Angeles, California. She is the recipient of a Fulbright Professional Scholar Award, a Brody Arts Fund Fellowship and a Durfee ARC Grant. Her work is in the public collections of Eli Broad, the San Jose Museum of Art, the Frederick R. Weisman Museum, the Laguna Museum of Art and the Edward Albee Foundation.
She has successfully taught in many reputed art departments throughout the Los Angeles area and abroad, including the University of Southern California, the Claremont Graduate University and Otis College of Art & Design in Los Angeles.
In addition to her practice as an artist, Adams works as an independent curator, who in 2000, co-founded Crazy Space, an alternative exhibition space, in Santa Monica. She is also the author of FM*, (Peeps Island Press, 1999) a How To book about painting, based on her teachings at the Santa Monica College of Design, Art and Architecture between 1997-1999.
(text source: Artist's Website)
Education: MFA, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA. BA, Scripps College, Claremont, CA. University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany
(Image on top: Lisa Adams, Sandy Says So, 2012, Acrylic, collage and digital archival inkjet print , 48" x 60"; Courtesy of the artist and CB1 Gallery)