ADAM WARD

     Adam Ward was born 1990, outside of Chicago. Attended a Waldorf School and went on to graduate with a studio art degree from Skidmore College. Adam lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. In 2015, Adam began organizing and executing his Solo gallery shows. With highly critical philosophy’s on Art Adam frequents the museums of New York City and believes his ghost will ‘Haunt’ the Metropolitan Museum. As stated above, Adam holds strong opinions about what Art should do in society; these principals echo throughout his body of work.

 Across my body of work, I have built an iconography of symbols and characters. Each symbol holds a range of fluid ideas. Politics, religion, and spiritualism, life, death, pleasure, pain, and love, all encompassed in a simple character. My relationship to and experience of the world refined down into a logo. Each represents a set of ideas or ways of thinking. The Pyramid, Cursive f, the pistol, the simple ladder, pentagrams, diamonds, knives, and cruciform in both traditional and reverse, hearts, and houses all different schools of consideration. Each symbol will be experienced and interpreted differently by the viewer. I don't want to be explicit at this time about what each internal metaphor they hold for me. I will say that each pull from a different corner of understanding life, the individual, the universe, and our collective relationship to space, mental and physical. They’re representational of the act of trying to define, refine, and simplify our collective experience down into a logo. My use of these symbols seeks to force consideration, exploration and creative thought rather than being fixed markers of any singular experience.

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Michael Jordan Celebrating

 

Adam Ward

    

 Michael Jordan Celebrating is the premiere series that explicitly examines the life experiences that have led up to my artistic sensibility. Michael Jordan is arguably the greatest basketball player of all time. I was born 1990 in Downers Grove, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. Between 1991 and 1998 Michael Jordan led the Chicago Bulls to win 6 Championships. My formative years were laden with the explosive celebration brought on by the extraordinary skill of this one man. I was lucky enough for my father to take me to see the Bulls play often. Fans of sports teams can have powerful, even religious connections to their team. Michael Jordan was everywhere when I was growing up; TV, advertisements, magazines, products, movies, pictures on the walls of my Dad’s workshop and in my Grandpa’s office. Everyone I knew loved him, the electric confidence and positivity he transmitted inspired me early in life. By silk-screening the image of Michael Jordan celebrating as the first step of the painting process I am physically placing the influence of my early life under my traditional thick patina of forms and ideas.    

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