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Shane McAdams | Micro Chasm
Paintings
November 4 - December 31, 2010
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While New York-based painter Shane McAdams’ work has long been an exploration of the landscape, his most recent body of work, featured in Micro Chasm, approaches it much more explicitly. Examining the line between the natural and the manmade, McAdams introduces exquisitely executed, romantic landscape paintings within (and underneath) webs of biological-seeming abstraction. These abstract forms are created by the artist’s experiments with and manipulation of mundane media such as Elmer’s Glue, correction fluid, and ballpoint pen ink. In the sense that the abstraction is created by the inherent properties and physical realities of the materials, these forms are more natural than the grandiose and sterile vistas depicted within. McAdams is scrutinizing the tradition of easel and landscape painting and the basic processes of the natural world, exposing the folly of the human desire to outperform or challenge the forces of nature.

Shane McAdams received his MFA from the Pratt Institute (Brooklyn, NY) in 2004, and his work has been exhibited at the Marlborough Gallery (New York, NY), Pace Wildenstein Gallery (New York, NY), and Caren Golden Fine Art (New York, NY). He has been a regular contributor to The Brooklyn Rail since 2003. This is his first exhibition at the Elizabeth Leach Gallery.


Exhibition Images

Synthetic Landscape (Iceberg)
Synthetic Landscape (Iceberg)
mixed media on canvas over panel
48 x 48 inches

 
 
Synthetic Landscape 28 (Electricity)
Synthetic Landscape 28 (Electricity)
mixed media on canvas over panel
24 x 24 inches

 
 
Synthetic Landscape 26 (Cyan Symmetry)
Synthetic Landscape 26 (Cyan Symmetry)
ballpoint pen ink, oil, and resin on canvas over panel
36 x 36 inches

 
 
Synthetic Landscape 25 (Vanishing Point)
Synthetic Landscape 25 (Vanishing Point)
mixed media on canvas over panel
48 x 48 inches

 
 
Synthetic Landscape 23 (Curve of the Earth)
Synthetic Landscape 23 (Curve of the Earth)
mixed media on canvas over panel
24 x 24 inches

 
 
Synthetic Landscape 24 (Cave Painting)
Synthetic Landscape 24 (Cave Painting)
mixed media on canvas over panel
64 x 64 inches

 
 
Synthetic Landscape 22 (Sturm and Durango)
Synthetic Landscape 22 (Sturm and Durango)
mixed media on canvas over panel
48 x 48 inches

 
 
Synthetic Landscape 21 (Parceled Kansas)
Synthetic Landscape 21 (Parceled Kansas)
mixed media on canvas over panel
48 x 48 inches

 
 
Synthetic Landscape 16 (Niagara)
Synthetic Landscape 16 (Niagara)
mixed media on canvas over panel
64 x 64 inches

 
 
Synthetic Landscape 27 (Magenta Symmetry)
Synthetic Landscape 27 (Magenta Symmetry)
ballpoint pen ink, oil, and resin on canvas over panel
36 x 36 inches

 
 

 
 

 

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