Lisa Adams

America The Beautiful

September 12 – October 31, 2015
Artist Reception: Saturday, September 12, 2015, 3 – 6 p.m.

CB1 Gallery is pleased to present our fourth solo exhibition by gallery artist Lisa Adams, America The Beautiful. The paintings in America The Beautiful are a thoughtful and forecasting look at personal, natural and political issues faced by Americans now and in the years to come.

Adams depicts transformed images seen in the urban and natural worlds and combines them with re-imagined elements; glowing tree stumps, a swan decoy, dramatic skies, a rainbow, tagging, a tree that exhales green gas instead of leaves, the LA River, off-world colony architecture, a Potemkin Village and the iconic American flag, to name a few.

In a time when our worlds can be individually designed in the virtual world, Adams does a mash up of common imagery and concocts a combination of science fiction and hallmark familiarity to create an uncomfortable and new vision. Each painting presents the viewer with the possibility of discovery in broad and personal terms, with mystery and non-sequitur and finally with many more questions then answers.

Lisa Adams is a painter and public artist, who has a B.A. from Scripps College and an M.F.A. from the Claremont Graduate University. She has exhibited nationally and internationally and has been an artist-in-resident in Slovenia, Finland, Holland, Japan and Costa Rica. Her many accomplishments include a Fulbright Professional Scholar Award and her work is in the public collections of Eli Broad, the San Jose Museum of Art, the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, the Laguna Museum of Art and the Edward Albee Foundation. In addition to her studio practice, Lisa works on public art projects, which have included the Chatsworth/Orange Line Metro Station, Fire Station No. 64 in Watts and the West Valley Branch Library in Reseda. Her first monograph book, Vicissitude of Circumstance, published by ZERO+ Publishing was released in Fall 2011.

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