Justin Adian

Exhibitions

Portrait

As we take a closer look at the other works of Justin Adian, we’ll see that the unusual constructions in vivid colour palettes allow the boundaries between painting and sculpture to oscillate completely through ingenious abstract reliefs. His use of misleadingly soft shapes, made of foam cushions that are pressed into the wooden frame and then covered with a stretched canvas, end in abstract, crackling, almost ceramic planes, which reveal a certain tension and direction within their composition. In fact, the artist first composes, recomposes, constructs and deconstructs the forms on paper in order to form an overall picture of the structure in order to be able to assemble them freely and apply them to the canvases as coloured surfaces. The results are three-dimensional detached forms that become free-standing objects – the invisible space between the objects (reminiscent of Malevitsch’s work) can now tell its very own story, enhanced by titles such as “Trailing”, “Bell Catcher”, “Pinky Swear” or “Chicklit”.

Justin Adian was born in Fort Worth, Texas in 1976. He graduated with a BFA from the University of North Texas in 2000 and an MFA from Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of Art in 2003. Since the late

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Biography

Born 1976 in Fort Worth, Texas, USA
Lives and works in New York, USA

Education

2003
Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of Art, MFA
2000
University of North Texas, BFA

Selected Solo Shows

2018
“Justin Adian” (with Blair Thurman), galerie lange + pult, Zurich, Switzerland
2017
“Sun Tan”, Half Gallery, New York, USA
2016
“Waltz”, Almine Rech Gallery, Paris, France
2015
“Fort Worth”, Skarstedt, Chelsea, New York, USA
2014
“Strangers”, Skarstedt, London, England
“Backlits”, The National Exemplar Gallery, New York, USA