HANDS AND STARS | Carris Adams
On view now through the fall | West Face of New Africa House
Through research on the history of New Africa House, artist Carris Adams highlights the signs, shapes, signifiers and colors tied to the social, cultural, political and economic struggles of the past that continue today and the eternal fight and hope for justice.
My work explores the signs/signifiers that mark our landscapes. Through the materiality of painting, drawing, and printmaking I embody the sense, shape and experience of discovering these markers. My studio practice is peripatetic and reliant on objects that cross my path during my day-to- day travels. Once in the studio, through the manipulation of formal elements, I work to highlight how the markers are often tied to the various social, cultural, political and economic circumstances under which we labor. My translation of a marker becomes an investigation between manifesting a memory, legibility and illegibility. Therefore the work points to the enduring signifiers of shared space, double meanings/readings, and the residues of class while guiding viewers to recall their personal and collective memories.
Carris Adams is an artist currently based in Houston, Texas. Her work explores the signs/signifiers that mark our landscapes. Through the materiality of painting, drawing, and printmaking Adams attempts to embody the sense, shape and experience of these markers. Her work describes the appearance of subjects found during her day-to-day travels, while also reflecting the various social, cultural, political and economic circumstances under which we labor. Adams received her BFA from the University of Texas at Austin (2013) and her MFA from the University of Chicago (2015). Adams's work has been exhibited at The Studio Museum in Harlem ( New York, NY) , The Logan Center Exhibitions at The University of Chicago (Chicago, IL), Produce Model Gallery (Chicago, IL) Tiger Strikes Asteroid Gallery (Chicago,IL) and The Courtyard Gallery at The University of Texas at Austin (Austin, TX).
Adams is represented by Goldfinch Gallery in Chicago, IL
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