The Portland-based artist Ryan Adams premiers a 33-foot-long mural continuing his abstracted, text-based wall works that grew out of his early graffiti practice. The mural features a phrase of advice his mother often gave him as a youth growing up in Portland– advice to help him negotiate his youth in a predominantly white community.
Adams’ mural is rendered in his signature ‘gem’ style that deconstructs words and phrases into geometric patterns that dynamically display visual depth, shadows, and highlights. The mural is accompanied by a wide selection of the artist’s paintings on canvas. The entire exhibition will be visible 24/7 over the fall and winter months through the massive windows facing CMCA’s public courtyard. This will be Adams’ largest solo exhibition to date.
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.