"Lisa Adams: The Difference Between Human Nature And The Human Spirit," Duke Art Gallery, Azusa Pacific University

September 12, 2014 3:34 AM

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"Lisa Adams: The Difference Between Human Nature And The Human Spirit," Duke Art Gallery, Azusa Pacific University

Everything's here. A modern art lexicon. Figuration. Audubon birds, the texture of tree trunks, the cotton candy wispiness of cumulus clouds. Things hover in an atmospheric space. Abstraction. Some rectangles are diaphanous. Some are opaque. They occlude land- and cityscapes like geometric smudges on a window. Irregular negative spaces blaze with blues, reds, and greens. They flatten the space and emphasize the picture plane. Gravity-compelled paint blobs whose tendrils winnow down the surface. And both. A flower that looks like a Rothko circle. An eclipsed sun that doubles as a Malevich Suprematist sphere. Arrangements of flowers and clouds that look like Fourth of July fireworks.

A gamut of emotions. They're joyous. Titles that allude to birdsong, epiphanies, and paradise. Subject matter that features birds that eat and drink. Flowers that reach for the sun, that drape freeway signage. Sinuous vines that cascade like a waterfall. And they're melancholy. Smog that smothers tr...

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