Friday, December 31, 2010

Mars Needs Answers @ Mulherin Pollard Projects

Opening this Thursday January 6th, 2011 from 6-9pm at Mulherin Pollard Projects, 317 10th Avenue between 28th & 29th streets in New York City. Mars Needs Answers features work by James Trotter, Rob Lee, Shannon Wright, Burgertech, Daniel Davidson, Alison Brady, George Kuchar, Chris Mahonski and Bruce Wilhelm. The exhibit runs through January 2011. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, eleven a.m. until six p.m.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

last week of Realistic Weather

This week is the ending week of Chris Mahonski's "Realistic Weather". Come by Ada on Thursday (12-5pm) or Friday (12-4pm) for you last chance to see the show!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Jimmy Trotter @ ADA GALLERY @ SCOPE MIAMI 2010

James Trotter can't be called a man of single interest. His activities
range from telecasts about the origins and history of soul music and occult phenomenon. He is a scholar of regional ebonics, teenage code and unmarked police cars.

For the Charlotte Street Foundation, Julie Rodriques Widholm wrote, "When looking at James Trotter‘s drawings it shouldn’t come as a surprise to learn that his artistic pursuits began as a child drawing Star Wars characters and writing graffiti while visiting his grandmother in Brooklyn. His interest in popular culture—music, comics, toys, garage sales, flea markets, and e-bay—find their way into his burgeoning toy collection and prolific drawing practice; he has made more than 500 drawings so far this year.
Originally from Miami, Trotter briefly attended KCAI and has stayed in Kansas City, making a career as DJ Superwolf, playing 1960s and 70s soul and funk records and dealing rare 45s overseas in the U.K. and Japan. Trotter maintains a three-pronged engagement to popular culture through drawings, toy installations, and music. His drawings range from quick line sketches to more elaborate constellations of cartoon characters in the vein of R. Crumb, along with food, corporate logos, body parts and records overlapping and interacting and fighting to make sense. Trotter is peculiarly un-precious about his work, which is strewn all over his studio and pinned to the wall. Trotter’s insistence that there are no “corrections” in his drawings demonstrates the conviction of his mark-making using only ink or gouache. He does not use pencil or erasers, although he has developed a recent fondness for white-out as an additional layer to the work. Concerns of conviction and correctness translate into the subject of Trotter’s work as well. He frequently voices his frustration with the United States, not in terms of politics, but more social frustration with political correctness and being afraid to say what one really thinks. While his views may seem brusque, he appears to be trying to get at the daily struggles that beset everyone as part of the human condition. Perhaps this angst is what turns him to music and toys, the safe-havens of childhood fantasy and escape. He collects vintage toys and records from the 1970s and 1980s: seeking out specific toys he couldn’t afford as a child, while others recall the abundance of free candy and toys symbolized by Halloween and Christmas. A tree-house overflowing with his toys, lights and a miniature train embodies the notion of a child’s (and perhaps adult’s) utopia of innocence. At first, I thought Trotter’s work must be a critique of consumption, but it is not. It is about value and resuscitating value into objects, ideas, and memories that are so quickly discarded.
-Julie Rodrigues Widholm

Friday, December 03, 2010

Ding Dong The Wizard Is Dead @ Scope Art Miami

"Ding Dong The Wizard Is Dead" is by Ryan Roth. Check this painting out and it's companion piece in the ADA gallery booth at Scope Miami this week!
I'll also have some of Ryan's work at Mulherin Pollard Projects in Chelsea in January.

Monday, November 22, 2010

new work by Chris Mahonski in December!

Come by ADA for First Friday in December and see Realistic Weather, new work by local sculptor Chris Mahonski. Chris describes his work as trying to recreate some memory, or a translation of that memory. The show will open on December 3rd from 7-9pm, and run through Christmas Eve.

Monday, November 08, 2010

ADA artist Scott Hewicker Co-Curates HAUNTOLOGY at BAM/PFA

image: Paul Sietsema: Ship drawing, 2009 (detail); ink on paper diptych; each 50 3/4 x 70 in.; © Paul Sietsema/courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery, New York.

ADA gallery artist Scott Hewicker has co-curated this wonderful exhibit with Larry Rinder ( director of BAM/PFA ) at the Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive. It is up through December 5th this year.

From the BAM/PFA website:
essentially the logic of the ghost, is a concept as ephemeral and abstract as the term implies. Since it was first used by the French philosopher Jacques Derrida in a 1993 lecture delivered at UC Riverside concerning the state of Marxist thought in the post-Communist era, the term hauntology has been widely discussed in philosophical and political circles, as well as becoming a major influence in the development of various sub-genres of electronic music.

This exhibition focuses primarily on the museum’s recent contemporary acquisitions, mixing these with a number of other works representing a wide range of periods and styles. Although the artists included in Hauntology do not necessarily see themselves as part of a larger movement, when viewed collectively a number of resonances appear, not unrelated to the musical interpretations of the theme. Works in Hauntology frequently incorporate archaic imagery, styles, or techniques and evoke uncertainty, mystery, inexpressible fears, and unsatisfied longing.

For Derrida himself, hauntology is a philosophy of history that upsets the easy progression of time by proposing that the present is simultaneously haunted by the past and the future. Specifically, Derrida suggests that the specter of Marxist utopianism haunts the present, capitalist society, in what he describes as “the persistence of a present past.” The notion of hauntology also can be seen as describing the fluidity of identity among individuals, marking the dynamic and inevitable shades of influence that link one person’s experience to another’s, both in the present and over time.

In the fifteen years since Derrida first used this term, hauntology, and the related term, hauntological, have been adopted by the British music critic Simon Reynolds to describe a recurring influence in electronic music created primarily by artists in the United Kingdom who use and manipulate samples culled from the past (mostly old wax-cylinder recordings, classical records, library music, or postwar popular music) to invoke either a euphoric or unsettling view of an imagined future. The music has an anachronistic quality hinting at an unrecognizable familiarity that is often dreamlike, blurry, and melancholic—what Reynolds describes as “an uneasy mixture of the ancient and the modern.”

This exhibition marks the first time that a museum has presented works of visual art within the framework of hauntology. Works by Luc Tuymans, Paul Sietsema, Carrie Mae Weems, Bruce Conner, Robert Gutierrez, Diane Arbus, Travis Collinson, Paul Schiek, Arnold Kemp, and others form loose groups in which one can discern various thematic concentrations: the enigma of place and placelessness, memorial and longing, transitional beings, displacement and disappearance, demonic manifestations, auras, elegies of nature, and the translucency of the psyche.

Scott Hewicker, artist and musician
Lawrence Rinder, director, BAM/PFA

Friday, November 05, 2010

MORGAN HERRIN , ada gallery artist at our sister gallery in NY , MULHERIN POLLARD PROJECTS!

Here are a few shots of Morgan Herrin's latest wood sculpture on view at Mulherin Pollard Projects in Chelsea, NYC. Dallas born and Richmond based artist, Morgan Herrin creates these masterpieces from construction grade 2x4's.

Herrin's wood sculptures have been highly sought after since debuting with ADA gallery in Richmond,Virginia selling to Lance Armstrong at a fair in New York in 2007 which was profiled in the New York Post, as well as The International Art Newspaper. Last year, Armstrong bought a second piece from ADA gallery, an incredible 6ft diameter globe piece with a fallen female figure, which is on view at The Livestrong Foundation in Austin. While touring the facility in a 2010 Men's Journal interview he says, "I love the Herrin piece because I know how much pain and work goes into each one of them".

Morgan's statement on this piece: "Untitled (Knight) is the product of the combination of two subjects: 15th century plate armor, and geological cave structure. Studied separately, these two subjects are completely unrelated. The manmade geometric precision of plate armor is formally opposite of the flowing, organic stalactites and stalagmites. Seen together, these two parts present a striking contrast in form and create a theme of time and the effects of nature. The pose of the figure and the general composition are references to the classical sculpture "The Dying Gaul" of ancient Roman antiquity. Rendered entirely in laminated construction-grade 2 by 4s, the material itself irreverently contradicts this classical allusion, and at the same time draws attention to our own culture's reliance on the fast, cheap, and impermanent."

Come see this magnificent work in all of it's 7 foot tall glory! Mulherin Pollard Projects at 317 10th Ave. NY,NY 10001. Gallery hours are 11 to 6 Tuesday through Saturday.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010


Morgan Herrin's new work at Mulherin Pollard Projects

Morgan Herrin's latest & greatest arrives in NYC!

Oh My! By hook or by crook, We got it in the door! I couldn't have pulled this off without the help of Sven Tresp, Gavin Wilson and Joe Riley! The answered the call of duty (er, friendship) by showing up this morning on 10th avenue to give Kirsten Kindler and Toto Feldman a hand with this bad boy. I can't forget the two guys from Hedley's art transport. They were great. Patient and really nice.
So, internet pals, You have to come to the opening this Thursday November 4th , 6-9pm , at Mulherin Pollard Projects. 317 10th Ave between 28th & 29th Sts.
I had Morgans work at Scope New York in 2008 with ADA gallery, and we caused quite the stir, getting on PAGE SIX in the New York Post and the front page of the International Art Newspaper (due to our sale to Lance Armstrong). Check out this latest piece, We'll have it up in Chelsea till the end of November. Gallery Hours: 11am - 6pm.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Morgan Herrin at Mulherin Pollard in NYC

This upcoming Thursday, November 4th, 2010 at Mulherin Pollard Projects, 317 10th Ave. (between 28th & 29th) from 6-9pm, come see the latest masterpiece by Dallas-born and Richmond artist Morgan Herrin.
His wood sculptures are made with construction-grade lumber - that's right, the same wood used to build your house - and take the better part of a year to create. Read what Morgan has written about his new work:

Untitled Knight is the product of the combination of two subjects: 15th century plate armor, and geological cave structure. Studied separately, these two subjects are completely unrelated. The manmade geometric precision of plate armor is formally opposite the flowing, organic nature of stalactites and stalagmites. Seen together, these two parts present a striking contrast in form and create a theme of time and the effects of nature. The pose of the figure and the general composition are references to the classical sculpture “The Dying Gaul” of ancient Roman antiquity. Rendered entirely in laminated construction-grade 2 x 4s, the material itself irreverently contradicts this classical allusion, and at the same time draws attention to our own culture’s reliance on the fast, cheap, and impermanent.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

ada gallery artist, Ann Magnuson performs in NYC this week!

See this teaser video for DUELING HARPS, Ann Magnuson & Adam Dugas perform the vocals while Alexander Rannie and Mia Theodoratus play their harps OCTOBER 14 -16th at the Abroms Art Center.
"The quartet thrusts and parries with an arsenal of tunes ranging from the ridiculous to the sublime: psychedelic calls to prayer, Henry Purcell's Baroque art songs, Kraftwerk, Bongwater, Lee Hazlewood & Pink Floyd, as well as original songs by Magnuson & Dugas." 20$!! 466 Grand at Pitt.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Last week of George Kuchar at Mulherin Pollard!

This is your last week to check out "Always & Forever", drawings, paintings and videos over 5 decades by 68 year old underground film legend George Kuchar! Don't miss out- come by Mulherin Pollard in NYC at 317 10th Ave (between 28th and 29).

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

wayback machine: daniel davidson @ ada gallery october / november 2006

detail shot of Daniel Davidson's "Innerspace/Outerspace" exhibit at ADA gallery in Richmond, Virginia
way back in 2006. More video's to come...

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

George Kuchar at Mulherin Pollard in NYC

Mulherin Pollard Projects is pleased to present GEORGE KUCHAR: ALWAYS & FOREVER at the new Chelsea gallery's fourth exhibit since it's opening in June. We will be featuring video and film works by American artist George Kuchar ranging from his legendary underground days of the early 60's through his weather diaries made this summer. We will also be exhibiting, and in some ways, introducing the NYC art public to George's paintings, drawings, comics made over the years, as well as, film stills made with the help of The Anthology Film Archives in NYC and The Harvard Film Archive.
George will be in attendance for the show's opening on September 9, from 6-8 pm, so stop by if you're in the area and see the legendary artist and filmmaker! He's sure to give you a few laughs too. Show runs through October 2nd, and this is not one you want to miss!

Todd Solondz consults George Kuchar and John Pollard on the importance of an early diet of George Kuchar films.

Monday, July 12, 2010

KRISTIN BEAL DEGRANDMONT @ ada gallery in richmond

Kristin Beal De-Grandmont returns to Richmond from Kansas for her new show at ADA gallery, Indigenous Territory. This video and sculpture installation will be up through August.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

MULHERIN POLLARD PROJECTS opens in Chelsea - June 17th

ADA gallery & Katharine Mulherin join forces and take on NYC!!!
...from the press release....

Katharine Mulherin (Toronto, CANADA) and John Pollard (Richmond, Virginia) are pleased to announce their collaboration in opening their New York City gallery, Mulherin Pollard Projects , located in Chelsea at 317 10th Avenue. With an exhibition titled, Friends and Family, the gallery’s inaugural opening was this past Thursday, June 17. Friends and Family features new works by Seth Scriver (TORONTO), Daniel Davidson (BROOKLYN), Winnie Truong (TORONTO) and Jeremiah Johnson (WILLIAMSPORT, PENNSYLVANIA) .
The exhibition runs from June 17 to July 3, 2010.

Katharine Mulherin and John Pollard met at an art fair in New York in 2006 and have been friends ever since. They recognized that they share a similar background as artists who became gallerists to create community in their respective cities. The two dealers have been talking for a while about how to partner their programs. Both Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects (TORONTO, LOS ANGELES ) and Pollard’s ADA Gallery (RICHMOND, VIRGINIA) feature artists with both emerging and extensive careers, whose works engaging, intelligent, collected and honored.

Mulherin Pollard Projects is housed in the former Morgan Lehman Gallery. ( Morgan Lehman has moved to 535 West 22nd Street.)
Check out our site here.... more images & stuff a' coming. Also go to our Facebook page for more..

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Burgertech & Audrey Russell @ ADA this Friday May 7,2010

Come by and meet the arteests, Audrey Hasen Russell and Burgertech, as they'll be driving down from Queens, NY this Friday to mingle & answer all your burning questions about their work. Like, " How are you guys so awesome?" or "Why isn't this in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts" or "How Do you get your beardstache to look like that?" See more.. , I'll have more pics up when I return from the NEXT fair in Chicago tonight.

Saturday, May 01, 2010

ADA gallery is at the NEXT fair in Chicago

"The Last Shall Be First" by Jared Clark is one of the awesome pieces we have at the NEXT fair going on at the Merchandise Mart building in Chicago. We've got stills from Vault of Vapors by George Kuchar. Cut magazine super works by Kirsten Kindler, great photos by VCU photo prof. Paul Thulin, some fabric collages by Kate Woodliff, a sweet painting by Cliff Hengst, and a paper towel machine loaded w/ drawings by Daniel Davidson. Come by !!!!! more photos to come...

Friday, April 16, 2010

Gian Pierotti sets out on the James River in a ceramic boat!!

Gian Pierotti, current student in the graduate crafts dept. at VCU, will take this newly created ceramic watercraft, Boatlandia, down the James River on Saturday. You have to hear this in his own words...
"As some of you know I have built a terra cotta boat to float down the James river with me inside. My future is unknown. The vessel and her sea worthiness is unknown. My destination is unknown. Please come and witness Boatlandia and her maiden voyage."
Gian's expedition occurs this Saturday morning (the 17th) at 10:00 am. He will launch his boat at the Osborn boat ramp which is about a 5 minute drive from Richmond.
Also please stop by ADA GALLERY to see his show AMBLING which will remain up through April 23rd. We're open 7 days a week right now, so c'mon down. See some of his work at our site.... and go to his site

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Fairlane Marauder comes to ADA GALLERY in Richmond!

Fairlane Marauder is the name of this current series of work by John Coburn. John is showing this month in a show called
AMBLING which features these works , as well as, ceramic and porcelain sculptures by Gian Pierotti.
This exhibit runs from March 20 - April 20, 2010. Current gallery hours: Monday- Friday noon - 5. saturday
noon - 4pm. Sunday noon - 2. ADA is still at our 228 West Broad address.
see more here....

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Gian Pierotti at ADA GALLERY ( march 20 - april 20)

Stop by ADA gallery today. tomorrow. whenever... we've gone from almost never being open at broad street, to right now,
we're open seven days a week. I am heading to the NEXT fair soon in Chicago, which will force us to close for a bit, but that'll be after this show comes down. So get your butt or butts over to ada gallery today! In case you forgot, it's 228 west broad on the corner of broad and madison. Gian Pierotti is currently a student in the grad crafts dept. of vcu. he's an awesome man w/ talents galore. Not the least of which is an amazing Snagglepuss impersonation! Also showing with Gian, is John Coburn, who lives in Brooklyn. His work is inspired by the automobile... remember those wagons?

see more here....