LISA ADAMS: VICISSITUDE OF CIRCUMSTANCE surveys the seductive, shape-shifting psyche within Lisa Adams' haunting, mentally charged paintings. Almost cinematic in their dream-like construction of unexpected narrative and reclusive symbolism, the works document memory in strange and beautiful ways. Meaning unfurls in time lapse, both infused with a sense of rapid-fire immediacy and expansive timelessness. Like Zen koans, implausible questions take precedence over didacticism, urging viewers to forgo rational thought in order to access a deeper intuition. Transmitting informational systems, circumstance, and story with a delicate, yet commanding, organic pulse-- as if through the snap of an electrically charged synapse-- her images resonate within the subconscious and sublime.

With an introduction by Los Angeles writer Ezrha Jean Black and an essay by theatre and art critic James Scarborough who has published works in Apollo, Frieze, Art in America, Flash Art, art+text, New Art Examiner, Art Monthly, The Huffington Post, and Art Press, among other publications.

Artist Lisa Adams

Lisa Adams’ work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is in the public collections of Eli Broad, the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, the Laguna Museum of Art, and the Edward Albee Foundation. She has been an artist-in-residence internationally, including in Slovenia, Finland, Japan, Holland, and Costa Rica. She received her B.A. in painting from Scripps College and a MFA from Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California, and is the recipient of numerous awards including a Fulbright Professional Scholar Award, a Brody Arts Fund Fellowship and a Durfee ARC Grant. Her work is currently represented by CB1 Gallery in Los Angeles.

In addition to her studio practice, Lisa Adams has successfully taught at many renowned art departments throughout Los Angeles, including the University of Southern California, the Claremont Graduate University and Otis College of Art & Design. In 2000, she co-founded Crazy Space, an alternative exhibition space, in Santa Monica, California where she curated both local and international exhibitions. She currently blogs on Los Angeles art for The Huffington Post.

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