By: Alyssa Laverda, Associate Director, Seraphin Gallery
Research: Bailey Dodds, Seraphin Gallery Resident, Seraphin Gallery
Seraphin Gallery is proud to present a solo exhibition by Phillip Adams, titled When I Close My Eyes, from April 22- May 29, 2016. There will be an opening reception held on April 22, from 6 -8pm at Seraphin Gallery with a private reception on Wednesday, April 20th. Phillip Adams returns to painting in this body of work that illustrates the heart of feeling, place, and recollection.
Adams’ painting Santa Marta, titled after its inspirational location in the Caribbean region of Colombia, portrays the ethereal realm in between physical and mental space. Translating the passionate seclusion of South America, Adams sets a palm ablaze in a marriage of day and night, conceiving an aura of mystery that seduces the viewer into this fantastical memory. Throughout the exhibition, high contrast, sharpness, and technical skill harmoniously combine to create dreamlike scenes that evoke nostalgia-- a true sensation of remembrance through ghostly depictions of landscape and figure. The artist curates compositions through digital processes and intuition, which relay an entire atmosphere- a natural transportation.
“When I close my eyes is a series that speaks to the intangible. Derived from places, memories, and emotions, I explored compositions and content that are fueled by the elusiveness of the subconscious and the shifting of memories. The titles reference the origin of each composition, questioning how “place” influences one's life. The cumulative experience from each place blur borders and memories but leaves lasting impressions and emotions.”
- Phillip Adams
Phillip Adams is a Philadelphia based artist, who has exhibited regionally at Arcadia University, University of Pennsylvania, Institute of Contemporary Art as well as the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Seraphin Gallery. Adams also exhibits nationally across the country, and creates large-scale murals both nationally and internationally.