Shane McAdams | Micro Chasm
November 4 - December 31, 2010
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.