Photos by Jacob Koestler
Euclid Avenue Gallery
March 29 – May 24, 2019
Adam Shirley: landscape, on view beginning Friday, March 25, has a public opening reception one week later alongside Ella Medicus and Eric Charlton: SubFunction.
Dual opening receptions, Friday, April 5, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m., with Ella Medicus and Eric Charlton: Subfunction
The Artist Talks: Adam Shirley, 6:15 p.m. in the Euclid Avenue Gallery
The Artist Talks: Ella Medicus and Eric Charlton, 7 p.m. in the Main Gallery
Adam Shirley’s landscape exists as a site for pause and meditative contemplation. Shirley explores the space between experience, perception, and the physical world through the act of making and material manipulation. Objects of a seemingly domestic nature reflect simple gestures of human interaction, while simultaneously questioning our understanding of material expectations.
My earlier body of work draws inspiration from the paintings of Giorgio Morandi and the idea of perceiving the world through a singular material. Still life paintings serve as both starting point and frame of reference for my continued investigation into the relationships that exist between two and three dimensional objects, material and scale. The work exists as a series of three dimensional still life compositions which explore notions of perception and understanding, as well as, personal connections, experiences and memories in relation to objects.
Adam Shirley earned his BFA from College of Creative Studies (1993) and his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art (2010). Since graduating Adam has exhibited in a number of group, two-person, and solo shows in Detroit, New York, The Netherlands, and Chicago. Adam has received a number of awards such as The Louis Comfort Tiffany Award. Refer to Adam Shirley’s resume for more information.