Wednesday, March 27, 2019

CAMERON SPRATLEY: ANGEL DUST at ADA GALLERY (APRIL, 2019)


CAMERON SPRATLEY: ANGEL DUST, APRIL 5 (7-9PM)

Cameron Spratley, The trunk is full the ass is low, collage on paper, 44x30 inches, 2019


Cameron Spratley’s upcoming show, Angel Dust, opens at ADA Gallery on Friday, April 5th (7-9pm).

In his new exhibition of works, Spratley draws from the aesthetics of black culture and references the myriad dangers facing young black men in America. Spratley confronts, and deliberately problematizes, the interpretative gaze, putting the viewer who is unfamiliar with his images into the space of the Other.

Spratley’s new works are dense, immediately gripping, and characteristically layered. Anger and alienation saturate his canvases, whether in the form of abstract rays from a model’s eyes or, more viscerally, the barrels of guns pointed straight at you.

Cameron Spratley, Hope of Deliverance, collage on paper, 30x24 inches, 2018


After graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University with a BFA in Painting in 2016, Spratley attended the Mason Gross School of Art at Rutgers University. His work has been featured in Bunk Notes at Pilot Projects in Philadelphia, Microcosmos: The Politics of the Inner Self at Royco Contemporary at The Shed in Beacon, NY, and in ADA Gallery’s 15 YRS! Everybody In The Pool! Solo exhibitions include Face Stay Numb Like a Terrible Acci
dent at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Museum in Philadelphia, GHOSTBLOOD at Valet Gallery in Richmond. He has given lectures as a visiting artist at the PAFA Museum and School of Art in Philadelphia and has received both a Teaching Fellowship from Rutgers in 2017 and the Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship from Yale University in 2015. 


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Angel Dust will be on view at ADA Gallery, April 5 - 27, 2019
228 West Broad Street
Richmond, Virginia 23220

Nick Fagan: Existential Marks at ADA Gallery (April, 2019)



NICK FAGAN: EXISTENTIAL MARKS

opens April 5, 2019 (7-9pm) at ADA Gallery

 

Nick Fagan, Rabbit Enters Void, oil paint, royal blue flock on 100 yr-old stadium floorboards, 53x48x2 inches, 2019

Nick Fagan’s upcoming show, Existential Marks, will be his second solo show presented by ADA Gallery. The new exhibition of works from the Richmond-based painter and sculptor will open on April 5th (7-9pm).

In Existential Marks, Fagan’s latest works take form on an assortment of salvaged wood, including 100 year old floorboards from a since-demolished Richmond stadium, upon which hundreds of thousands of footprints have been recorded, to explore the ways in which he himself leaves his mark, and the significance- if not the futility- of art-making as a means to do so. While Fagan grapples with particularly solemn questions concerning self-identity, existentialism, spirituality, and the relation of the individual to the collective, he articulates these themes, almost joyfully, through comic icons and vibrant imagery which join together the existential and the material.

His use of floorboards invokes a distinctive sense of looking down, and his forms, cradled between abstraction and literality, are often papered with fragments of photographs and sketches, some of which appear as if they’ve simply landed there, fallen from above. Elsewhere, Fagan opts for crisp, white brush strokes that seem to be part of a larger image, extending into the negative space beyond.


Nick Fagan, Rabbit Enters Void, oil paint, royal blue flock on 100 yr-old stadium floorboards, 53x48x2 inches, 2019



Nick Fagan: Existential Marks will be on view from Friday, April 5 (7-9pm) through April 27
at ADA Gallery
228 West Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia 23220

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