October 9, 2017
Reimagining the Western Landscape
Santa Fe Arts Journal, 10/09/2017
Emily Van Cleve


Reimagining the Western Landscape
Santa Fe Arts Journal, 10/09/2017
Emily Van Cleve

Joshua Tree National Park inspired Adam Scott's recent work

In “Terraforms: New Paintings,” which opens at David Richard Gallery on October 13, Chicago-based artist Adam Scott showcases work inspired by month-long visits to Joshua Tree National Park in California.

“My wife and I have been traveling to Joshua Tree every winter break since 2011 to get some sun in our lives,” explains Scott, a professor at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago who earned his bachelor’s degree at California State University Long Beach and moved to Chicago 20 years ago to work on his master’s degree at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. “We grew up in California so we’re really West Coast people. The West is in our hearts and minds.”

An abstract painter who describes himself as an artist who was “weaned on modern painting,” Scott has always been fascinated by landscape and place.

Fifteen years ago he incorporated digital media into his paintings. Today, he’s interested in involving his hands in every aspect of the creative process.

“I’ve loved walking in Joshua Tree’s valleys, running my hands across the rocks that look like they’re from outer space,” he says. “I’ve made drawings with charcoal and graphite on site and used them as reference for paintings that I create in my Chicago studio. In a way, these works are a mixture of Joshua Tree and Chicago.”

Scott views his recent paintings as visual distillations of observed geologic phenomena and enjoys coupling his distillations with his interest in the utopic and dystopic aspects of science fiction to create work that reimagines the Western landscape.

“I’m interested in making paintings that speak a sculptural language within a compressed two-dimensional abstracted pictorial space,” says Scott. “I see my work as micro-sculpture that hinges on the brink of the pictorial.”

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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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