MARK ADAMS, ADAM DAVIES, JOEL JANOWITZ, ELLEN RICH
July 17 – August 5th, 2015
MARK ADAMS will present new works on paper, wood and Mylar that consider language and image; specifically the spaces to which we are guided by word, image and text but exist beyond the grasp of understanding. Adams has long been a record keeper for the de-accelerated time and dreamlike land between earth and sky, night and day, figure and abstraction, as well as the shifts in stories that suddenly open up new consciousness. These places are sources for him and are found all around us on the Outer Cape; the back shore, the sideways light at sunset, the mercurial shifting way that color rests in light, the scale shift between Meta and micro . . . and the desire to bounce, lift and fly through it all.
ADAM DAVIES will exhibit new photographs of 19th century public works constructed in Maryland and West Virginia to serve the growing needs of the nation’s capital city; in some cases these structures have been abandoned and left to deteriorate as nature reclaims its place. Davies explores the relationship between the built and natural world, examining how these engineered forms reshape the landscape and influence movement through it. He approaches his sites like a portraitist, revealing intimate interior worlds within the structures that emerge from their design, their interaction with the surrounding environment, and their history. The images are the product of research and exploration: he climbs into his subject matter, exploring it from the inside out, and consults construction archives and blueprints to understand his sites’ architectural and social origins. He will present five new photographs.
JOEL JANOWITZ presents a new series of monotypes depicting delicate details of flora and within elegant and moodily abstracted landscapes, Venetian canals and bridges, and seascapes that breathlessly convey that which is natural within abstraction made from subtle coloration. Janowitz works with light, color and surface masterfully to present an elegance and tension between naturalness and chance.
We are thrilled to present ELLEN RICH in her premier exhibition at the gallery. She will present new work made with assembled pieces of cut paper, vellum, yupo and duralar used to form abstract constructions which she then continues to paint to completion. Her buoyant, color-driven works occupy a space somewhere between two and three dimensions. Ellen is dexterous and natural with joyful colors, slippery materials and an unpremeditated movement that is conversant with her work’s solid, volumetric formal visual systems, which are both rational and unexpected.
MARK ADAMS is a painter, printmaker, and cartographer with the National Park Service; he has been based on Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard since 1987. He exhibits regularly at The Schoolhouse Gallery where he has focused on works of art that use layered images of maps, personal notebook pages, text, data, and images of animals and friends in light accumulation on paper and wood panels. Adam’s work is about things that imperfectly represent nature to our society; harvesting curiosity, wonderment, and a little biology as source material. Adams has taught at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, The Fine Arts Work Center, Castle Hill Center for the Arts, and the Provincetown School Academy program. He has studied ecology, landscape architecture, printmaking and photography at University of California, Berkeley, and the California College of Arts and Crafts.
ADAM DAVIES’s large photographs—highly detailed and yet not manipulated by digital means—are shot on 8 x 10” color-negative sheets of film using a large format camera and tripod; a narrow lens and slow shutter speed (ranging from 3 seconds to 30 minutes) are used to achieve great depth of field within the image (resulting in detail and sharpness from foreground to background). Davies has attended residencies at Yaddo, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, TX. Born in the United Kingdom, and currently a Washington DC resident, Davies was a finalist for both the 2010 and 2011 Trawick Foundation Prize and was awarded a 2010-2011 DCArts Artist Fellowship. He was also the winner of Washington DC’s East City Art’s 2013 EMULSION juried exhibition in 2013. Davies has held teaching positions at Carnegie Mellon University, Robert Morris University, and Harvard University and has been a lecturer at the National Gallery of Art.
JOEL JANOWITZ has exhibited both nationally and internationally. His work has been collected by numerous museums including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Fogg Museum, Harvard. In 2010 his work was included at Changing Soil; Contemporary Landscape Painting at the Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts in Nagoya, Japan. Janowitz received his undergraduate degree from Brandeis University, and his MFA in Painting from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Over the past 20 years, he has taught in the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Wellesley College, and the Mass College of Art/low residency MFA program. In 2008 he received his third individual Artist’s Fellowship from the Mass Cultural Council. He has twice received artist’s grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.
ELLEN RICH is a graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and recipient of a Travelling Scholarship. From her studio in the South End of Boston she creates buoyant, color-rich art that may be found in the collections of Simmons College, Wellington Management, and Meditech. Rich has exhibited her work in a variety of venues including the Genovese Sullivan Gallery, the Mills Gallery at the Boston Center for the Arts, the Trustman Gallery at Simmons College, the Maine Center for Contemporary Art, the New England School of Art and Design and most recently the Essex Art Center.