John M. Adams / Finding Zero
January 6, 2011 - February 27, 2011

John M. Adams' paintings represent the process of grasping at that which is transient and ephemeral. Adams’ adventures canoeing down rivers, traversing mountains, and navigating urban jungles inform their visual language. His perceptions of these experiences remain ambiguously familiar and appear if not in the composition of the work, then in the process.

Artists’ Reception / Sunday, January 9, 2011 from 4 to 6 pm

Artists’ Statement / My current body of work activates the perceptual connection between artist, object (or environment), and viewer. The paintings reflect my meditative process of repetitive mark making through the transparent layers of subtle atmospheric and textured surfaces. These chaotic marks are juxtaposed with the structure of a regulated rhythm of horizontal lines. The paintings exude a precise amount of tension created through disparate delineations of space and form. The combination resonates with a quiet vibration that propels the viewer into an image whose color scheme and composition remain ambiguously familiar, as if from an incomplete memory that is nonetheless vivid.

Biography / John M. Adams is a Washington, DC area artist. He received a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, and an MFA from James Madison University. He has received numerous honors including a Graduate Fellowship for Painting from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and a Cummings Money for Artists’ Grant. Adams' artwork has also won many awards in national and regional exhibitions. His work has been reviewed in several publications, and his exhibitions have been praised multiple times by Washington Post Art/Film critic Michael O’Sullivan. In 2009, Adams was awarded a Soaring Gardens Artist Residency. His artwork can be found in private and corporate collections from Richmond, Virginia to New York City, New York. Six of his paintings can be found in the John A. Wilson building (D.C. City Hall) Collection in addition to two more in the DCCAH Art Bank Collection and one in the Arlington County Small Works Collection. He currently maintains a studio in Arlington, Virginia.