JASON ADKINS: Gods and Demons: New Paintings and Works on Paper

In the West RoomApril 6 – May 4, 2012 Opening reception Saturday April 6th 6 – 8pm

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Western Project is proud to present the second solo exhibition by Jason Adkins. Gods and Demons is a group of oil paintings, thematically a set of opposites, inspired by his recent residence in Las Vegas, Nevada. Moving beyond his minimal imagery of the past few years, the artist has merged land and atmosphere together, as a metaphor of visual and energetic fields. The contradictions of the work are complex; a slow/fast read, random/controlled brushwork, shallow/deep space, natural/artificial color. Using a cacophony of webbed line work against a variegated background, his images appear to float and bend simultaneously. The paintings writhe and twist as a net of spun color, each a seemingly continuous, orgiastic spray. The brushwork appears casual and wandering but is essentially a highly organized system; as webbed clouds, appearing both thin and endless, beautiful and acidic, hot in color.

Adkins’ formal all-over compositions mimic abstract expressionism from the 1950’s, yet bury any romantic nostalgia. Adkins sensibility is more like a muscle car careening over the Nevada desert leaving a cloud of dust. This is not Mark Tobey in the northwest, nor a Zen apocalypse of minimalism; Gods and Monsters are large and explosive works. The contradictions of nature and the culture of Nevada merge in a mass of undulating color; the opposites are turned up into an atmosphere thick and weightless; a sensation of everything and nothing.

Adkins has just finished a residency at the P3 Studio in Las Vegas, and will be included in the exhibition, New Again, at the Marjorie Barrick Museum at UNLV, Las Vegas, Nevada. He has shown at the Franklin Parrish Gallery in New York, Holter Museum of Art in Helena, Montana, Pepperdine University and the American Jewish University Los Angeles, California, and galleries across the US. He is in the collections of the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Los Angeles, The Phyllis and Ross Escalette Permanent Collection Chapman University, Orange, California and the Marjorie Barrick Museum at UNLV, Las Vegas, Nevada.