China Adams
Open House Sunday, June 19, 2016 at 3 PM – 6 PM @BoxoHOUSE

Please join us at an open house to view work being made by China Adams, artist-in-residence. China is making a series of pen and paper drawings that reveal fluid and organic shapes which are in sharp contrast to recent works based on rigid and linear patterns. What the two sets of meticulously made work have in common, is a meditative quality both in form and in process.

Building on the artist’s concerns about consumerism and object making, this body of work makes maximal usage of minimal materials. With these recent drawings, China has moved from pencil to pen, a strategy that challenges her to be more accepting of “mistakes”, to incorporate them into the finished piece and to find beauty in flaws.

This new series of drawings is inspired indirectly by natural forms such as water, trees and fungus. During the residency, China is examining basing works more closely on such forms, using the iconic rocks of Joshua Tree as influence.

Born in San Francisco, China Adams has lived in Los Angeles for over twenty years. She earned a BFA from UCLA (1995) and an MFA from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (2000). She has taught at the USC Roski school since 2009, with a particular emphasis on the Fundamentals of Design. Adams has been featured in exhibitions around the world, including several soloshows at Ace Gallery, Los Angeles and Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles. Her work is included in collections at the Berkeley Art Museum and the Carnegie Art Museum. Adams makes conceptual art works in a range of media. Much of her current work addresses notions of reusability, consumerism, and our impulse to acquire possessions. In addition to her own art making, Adams also has been curating since 2011. Her shows, in galleries around Los Angles, have garnered local and national press.

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