Cosmic Scatterings of Abstraction: Four Artists Take Stock of Abstraction in the 21st Century
Atticus Adams is a sculptor whose work embodies the transformative power of art to create beauty, meaning, and emotional impact from industrial materials. Using mostly aluminum mesh—generally found in screen doors/windows and filters—he creates abstract pieces and installations, which sometimes resemble flowers, clouds, and other natural phenomena.
Atticus works spontaneously, feeling his way toward the objects that take shape in mind as he shapes them almost entirely by hand. To some pieces he adds color and texture by applying paint or glass.
“Metal mesh is a beautiful, flexible material that allows you to explore shadow and transparency in endless ways,” he says. “The material lends itself to these biomorphic shapes, which aren’t necessarily intentional. The sculptures seem fragile but are actually quite resilient—like nature itself.” he says.
Atticus grew up in West Virginia, steeped in traditional folk art. Several members of his family were self-taught artists, deeply involved in such crafts as wood carving and quilting. His formal art training includes stints at Yale, Rhode Island School of Design, and Harvard’s School of Architecture.
Atticus has fond summer memories of screened in porches back home and screen doors that practically dissolved the barrier between inside and outside, allowing the warmth and nature to permeate each day. This association continues to resonate in his art.
This artwork is lightweight and easy to install by hanging from a single nail. A certificate of authenticity is included.
2014 Arcadia, BE Galleries, Pittsburgh, PA
2013 Summertime, BE Galleries, Pittsburgh, PA
2013 A Joggling Board Summer, Orchard Windows Gallery, New York City, NY
2011 Atticus Adams - An Appalachian in Paris, Borelli-Edwards, Pittsburgh, PA
2010 My Walden, Society of Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA
2007 Atticus Adams, Europ’art Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
2004 Joyland, Mineral Spring Lofts, Pawtucket, RI
2013 Seamonkey Garden, Children’s Museum – Waterplay Room, Pittsburgh, PA
2013 Majorelle Jardin, O’Bannon Oriental Carpets - windows, Pittsburgh, PA
2012 Silver Linings, Dinette, Pittsburgh, PA
2010 Transcendental, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA
2009 Gestures 12, Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, PA
2007 STRUNG, FE Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
2007 Best of Pittsburgh Show, Three Rivers Arts Festival, Pittsburgh, PA
2007 Olympic Installation Theatre, Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, PA
2006 The Chapel, Brew House Space 101 Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
2006 White Room, Unblurred, Pittsburgh, PA
2014 Madagascar – associate set designer, Quantum Theatre, PA
2013 Progression Film Project, Pittsburgh, PA
2013 Solaire Casino, Manila, The Philippines
2012 “Steel Weavers” video collaboration with sound artist Robert Weis
2010 Medallions & Cloud Chains, – Cosmopolitan Hotel, Las Vegas, NV
2010 Renaissance on the Allegheny, – Rensaissance Hotel, Pittsburgh, PA
2008 The Goat – set design sculptures, Pittsburgh Playhouse, PA
2006 After Mrs. Rochester – ass’t set designer, Quantum Theatre, PA
2013 Anna Marie Sninsky Award, Associated Artists of Pittsburgh
2008 The Kors, Fiber Arts Guild of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
2008 Best In Show, Fiber Arts Guild of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA