Sweet Tops (Grape)
DIMENSIONS 16 1/2” x 12 3/4” x 1” MEDIUM High density foam, epoxy and latex
Limited edition of 8, 2021
Signed, titled and numbered en verso
ABOUT THE WORK
Justin Adian’s dimensional paintings utilize a satisfying combination of form and color in their amorphous shapes, often mounted in groups of two or more in close proximity to build composite soft relief sculptures. The plastic surface quality resulting from thick layers of pastel latex and epoxy paint give the separate elements an impression of embracing one another until they’re jettisoned apart by their own elasticity. This constant tension, subtly present in Sweet Tops, is manifold in the lighthearted color schemes of hard-edge thought bubbles, as well as their inherent resemblance to human form, flesh, and contact - constructing narratives that can only be told through the relationship of one body to another.
Justin Adian was born in Fort Worth, Texas in 1976. He graduated with a BFA from the University of North Texas in 2000, and an MFA from Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of Art in 2003.
Adian began making the soft sculptural paintings he is best known for around 2008, after years of pushing the material limits of a traditional painting-on-stretcher format. His most recent exhibitions include Tennis Elbow at Journal Gallery in New York, NY (2021), Analogue at Loyal Gallery in Stockholm, Sweden (2019), and Casual Encounters through Sean Horton (Presents) in Dallas, Texas (2019).
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