Bernarducci Meisel Gallery is pleased to present Adam Normandin’s solo exhibition, Travelers.
Each new painting features freight trains paused in motion. He becomes familiar with the terrains
as he trespasses onto dangerous tracks in train yards near his studio during the early morning hours.
The exploratory curves of the graffiti are contrasted by artist’s linear composition. The abrasive
light, unique to Los Angeles, is a common quality throughout the works in this exhibition.
Pack (2017) is a painting of a still freight train car, decorated with gestural graffiti. A pack of
coyotes activate the painting and add both mystery and caution as the viewer is drawn into the
seemingly empty train car. At nearly 6 feet wide, Normandin considers every detail: from the
asphalt to the diffused Los Angeles skyline in the background, not one moment left out. The
precision with which this scene is painted is unsurpassed. He contrasts the gray of the gravel with
the bright yellow-orange of the car and the blue of the sky. This makes for a harmonious effect in
the rather ominous narrative.
In contrast to the expansive composition of Pack, Lesson Plan (2016) offers a meticulous close up
view of a blue colored train car. The bright pink tag is small but electrifying. The location of the
train is unknown—there are no clues to its surroundings. The geometric nature of the machine
mixed with the abrupt graphic graffiti and repetition of the tracks makes it nearly abstract.
Normandin is intuitively drawn to trains and identifies with their utilitarian intent. He states: “They
are not meant to be beautiful, only to be functional. With the patina of time and restless operation,
an ordinary object is transformed into something complex, rich with history, and uniquely
beautiful.” For the artist, these necessary but often overlooked machines represent humanity: “We
are all travelers in life, linked together on some level making our way through. The more mileage
we gain, the more interesting we become.”
Adam Normandin (b. 1965 New York) lives and works in Los Angeles. After earning his BFA
from Hofstra University, he continued to exhibit his paintings throughout the United States and in
notable group exhibitions such as Beyond Realism at Galerie de Bellefeuille in Montreal, Canada.
This is the artist’s second solo exhibition with Bernarducci Meisel Gallery.
For further information or images please contact Leah Guadagnoli at firstname.lastname@example.org or
(212) 593-3757. Viewing hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10:00am to 5:30pm.