Through this decorative collection of text-based paintings, Adam Mars addresses the heated cultural climate with a cooling dose of comedic relief without diminishing the severity of the moment. Pieces like Too Much Moral Fiber and It All Goes to Shit and Same Country Different World strike a timely chord while their alluring floral environments provide pleasant alternatives to social media platforms where such topics become bait for political frenzies. Mars’ knack for poignant wordplay also returns to a more personal level in such paintings as Immaturing with Age and My Favorite Color Is Red Flag. However, their resonance extends beyond the autobiographical, and they function like catchphrases for generations X, Y, and Z as they cope with conventions.
Moving beyond his trademark faux brick surfaces, Mars abandons the tongue-in-cheek street art backdrop for another uncommon surface: cotton textile. These 21st century flower power settings take on a striking uniqueness with the calculated addition of trompe l'oeil cuts and folds. Evocative of Lucio Fontana’s slashed canvases, the paintings are cleverly engaged in digital vernacular rather than physical manipulation. Mars’ interest in Photoshop techniques is also evident throughout the exhibition when he paints colorful accents on the fabric to further challenge viewers’ understanding of where the artist’s hand starts or stops.
Mars received his MFA from OTIS College of Art and Design in 2007. His work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Art and History and the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas. He has exhibited the Torrance Art Museum, Laguna Art Museum, and had solo exhibitions at Gusford Gallery in Los Angeles. Mars’ work has also been featured in numerous publications like the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Magazine, and LA Weekly. He designed large-scale art billboards for LAXART's Public Domain Project, which were displayed on Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood and La Cienega Blvd. in Culver City. He has created tour costumes for musicians Post Malone and the Growlers. Recently, he published a collection of edgy coming-of-age stories called Unreal for Real through New Future Books.