April 11, 2018
Press Release - Adam Scott "Mojave Terraforms"

Mojave Terraforms

Opening Reception: Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM

On view through May 26, 2018

The current exhibition of recent paintings was inspired by the artist’s experiences and explorations of Joshua Tree, Wonder Valley and the Mojave Basin in Southern California. The novel geometric abstractions and painting process reflect the reductive desert landscape and rugged terrain with sculpted surfaces and spare, bold splashes of vibrant color against neutral backgrounds.

David Richard Gallery, LLC 
New York Venue – 211 East 121st ST.
New York, NY 10035 
P: 212-882-1705

David Richard Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming presentation, Adam Scott: Mojave Terraforms, the artist’s second solo exhibition with the gallery. The opening reception will be Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM. The exhibition will remain on view through May 26, 2018 at the Gallery’s New York venue located at 211 East 121 Street, New York, New York 10035, P: 212-882-1705. A digital catalogue will be available online. 

Last fall, David Richard Gallery presented Terraforms, Adam Scott’s newest paintings featuring his novel and physical process that captures less of the imagery and more of the physicality and essence of desert landscapes. The work was conceived with Northern New Mexico specifically in mind. The paintings were not particularly visually reminiscent of the mountainous and rugged terrain, but more that they captured the spartan forms and sculpted surfaces like those shaped by centuries of erosion and movement of wind and water as well as upheavals from tectonic shifts deep within the earth. Scott's approach is for the viewer to not only see, but also experience the desert through his sculpted paint and palpable forms.

The paintings in the current exhibition, Adam Scott: Mojave Terraforms actually predate those in the presentation from last fall. Mojave Terraforms emerged from Scott’s "initial encounters with Joshua Tree, Wonder Valley and the Mojave Basin" in Southern California. The imagery in Terraforms was more rigorously reductive and geometric with bolder and vibrant colors. In Mojave Terraforms the compositions are more complex with more of a narrative. In several of the paintings, the shapes seem to be evocative of reptilian, avian and primitive forms, while the palette is a little less acrid and Day Glo. Both series are inspired by earth, sand and sunlight—the most reductive of landscape elements—and their creation the result of moving, cutting, carving and molding the volumized acrylic paint into forms and patterns experienced only in the desert. The results are two very bold series of geometric and colorful abstractions that evoke not only the earth, but the experience of the earth with all of its magical colors and hallucinatory experiences.  

About Adam Scott:

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