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Seraphin Gallery proudly presents its next exhibition of 2014 with Phillip Adams entitled “Peaks and Valleys”. The exhibition will run from April 25 through June 8 with an opening reception on Friday, April 25, from 6 – 8 PM.
If you are familiar with the mountain scenes perfectly executed in charcoal by Phillip Adams, you may remember that each work on panel includes a small detail in oil, such as a gondola, merry-go-round or hobby horse. These "splashes of absurdity" as the artist has named them, were originally seen as endearing, light-hearted additions to an otherwise pristine mountainscape. The red gondola of "Forever Young" (2011) alluded to the Matterhorn amusement ride in Disneyland, a rather frivolous occurrence compared to the breathtaking natural landscape from which it takes its name.
However, this new series is less humorous, with a shift in a philosophical direction. While those "splashes of absurdity" are still present, they have taken on a new meaning. Adams has found himself trying to understand the compulsion of humankind to be in constant control, even over something as uncontrollable as the Matterhorn peak. In the act of placing a object such as a gondola in the midst of the otherwise unmarked landscape, Adams proposes the absurdity of mankind's power struggle.
The title, "Peaks and Valleys," can be taken at face value, but Adams is also referencingthe range of emotions we each feel in everyday life and how we can both make sense of them and find a balance. When viewing one of his works, you will not only be struck by the beauty he creates, but also by the feelings of vacancy and emptiness which are inspired. In comparison to such great feats of nature, which have been developing for millions of years, we as humans, are temporary and fragile. Perhaps this is why we feel the need to constantly reinvent not only ourselves, but the spaces in which we exist.
Phillip Adams received his MFA from the University of Pennsylvania. He has shown his work in exhibitions at The Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, and Moore College of Art. He has completed a number of murals in Montreal, Trenton, and Philadelphia.
Gallery II will feature a collection of works from Catherine Prescott. Displayed are several small landscapes completed en plein air, reminiscent of the Impressionists, as well as a breathtaking still life and figurative painting.