Ryan Adams’ signature, gem-style murals, paintings, and prints display a geometric deconstruction of letterforms using shadow and highlights to create dynamic visual depth, complexity, and movement.
The focal point of the exhibition is Adams’ 33-foot-long mural, Switch the Code. The title refers to the practice of code-switching, where individuals purposefully change their speech, behavior, and/or appearance to be seen outside of stereotypical assumptions and accepted within a majority culture.
This experience is embodied in the phrase, “Use Your (White) Voice,” that rises from the mural’s vibrant, multi-hued networks of shapes. It’s important to note that Adams has left the word “White” embedded within the mural’s matrix in order to encourage viewers to identify their own experience with code-switching and empower them to embrace their authentic selves.
Adams’ mural was created with latex paint embellished with short bursts of black and white spray paint in order to highlight aspects of the phrase. Switch the Code is accompanied by a series of new paintings that continue Adams’ lessons theme and were created during recent residencies at Hewnoaks Artist Colony and Indigo Arts Alliance.
Ryan Adams is a fast-rising artist based in Portland, Maine. In addition to past exhibitions at SPACE (Portland) and Rochester Museum of Fine Arts (Rochester, New Hampshire), Ryan Adams’ work was prominently featured in the recent exhibition Untitled: Art from Maine in a ____ Time at the Portland Museum of Art.
Ryan Adams | Lessons is made possible in part by a grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. The exhibition is organized by CMCA’s Executive Director & Chief Curator, Timothy Peterson in collaboration with the artist.
Exhibiting Artist Ryan Adams Give Free Gallery Talk – Villagesoup, November 2021