5/15/2006

Bill Adams

21 comments:

Painter said...

Bill Adams
KSArt
73 Leonard Street
New York, NY 10013

Vlahos Boyiajees said...

His bio's omission of educational information suggests he has no formal education. This definitely reminds me of Dana Schutz and Amy Sillman but it looks dated to me. Very mid 90's and dare I say it, late 80's. I also see some earlier Christian Schumann here. It's a little too cartoony and cute for my taste. Way too cute. Everything including grandma's slippers are in these paintings. The other work didn't impress me at all.

no-where-man said...

i don't buy into this totamic animal bs... http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C03E1DA103EF931A25750C0A9629C8B63
animal ny times bs, reads as a strech for content sometimes bad is bad

exu said...

who freakin cares if he has formal education or not

flesheater99 said...

For v.b.

This ain't nowhere near Schutz or Sillman. Schumann a little.


Try broadening your range of references.

This painting blantantly riffs on Arshille Gorky, Roberto Matta, Yves Tanguy, Sesame Street, and Albert Oehlen gets thrown in to blow the dust off.

Nice eyes.

Admin said...

Wilfredo Lam does Oscar the Grouch. He likes faces. It's like a telephone doodle. No judgment, but much of this is colored drawing, not really painting. It's juvenile male imagery. I can't tell what that big shell-like shape on the left is. There's a narrative, like Ensor- there's the big Grouch face in the middle, and then repeated leading a procession in the lower right. The drummer on the left keeps the beat. Abandoned figures living in a junk yard, in nowhereland. Gathering energy, something's about to break open. I get the impulses, and it's OK. He's using all his drawing faculties; he knows how to draw but is ham-fisted, deliberate only in that he is conscious of working up to the edge of his ability. That's a pretty common thing these days. That's what I get from a lousy jpeg on a monitor.

rainbowandskull said...

He can work wonders with a ball point pen. When I was in school and bored in class I would wish I could make something better than my doddles with my pen and paper. He has that ablity to make something out of nothing.

If he has no formal education I don't thing that is really worth mentioning. His work doesn't suggest schooling or not.

bluebalz said...

i think he has a formal education, maybe they just left it out of the bio, maybe they want him to appear younger so leave it out? some people do this...i think these are his best works, and there is a similiarity to a sillman a bit, in the cartoonishness, but the painting is really diffrerent, more like drawing with paint. isnt that called painting? dont know.

chicomacho said...

definitely has feelings of sillman, earlier work, crappily painted like schutz, colour ala oehlen. No formal education, wow, paints better than katherine bernhardt!

zipthwung said...

This is not a good monster.

albino radio1 said...

i find the brown/orangeness of the painting the part which gives it its moodiness. the green is the color which emerges from the muddiness most for me, as well as the eyes.

i tend not to pay close attention to the little cartoonish people, they are loose enough for my taste, but still very uptight.

the way the cartoony things are solved indicates to me that adams was relying on a familiar process, while the monster/trash seem original and inventive.

the left side is squished in there, and serves as a nice foil for the overly-complicated right.

the verticality and horizontal composition holds the four major sections of this painting together (sky, monster + trash, cartoony thing, abstract plant w/ wheel) , making me think about the way trash and city garbage is organized, or not organized.

zipthwung said...

You know the background type imagery is a genre - just as say, Barry McGee falls into an established genre -

a quick google and you could make a whole lot of associations. I don't know if thats bad - there are a lot of painters out there. But this has nothing to raise it above the mass, stylisticly.

AND WHAT ELSE IS THERE?

Hyperventilate and say all these names in one sentence:

Gina Tripplet, Margaret Kilgallen, Camille Rose Garcia, Barry McGee, Mark Ryden, Sean Landers, George Condo, Aubrey Beardsley, Mucha, Maxfield Parish, Frank Frazetta, Big Daddy Roth, Frank Kozik, Robert Krumb, Raymond Pettibon....

It is post 9-11 after all.

Anyone see flight 93? What a piece of shit.

subscriber said...

It's funny how Sean Landers still incurs the purists wrath. How 2Oth Century!
His role is the lovable looser, a trap he sets for himself and the dogmatists who
would judge him. And yet, the Devil-Pig is somehow rescued by it's own sophisticated
rendering. Beautiful. It helps to have a sense of humor too. Good for Landers confounding
expectation for so many years, a much greater achievement than conventional wisdom would
ever grant. Like it or not, his status is well-earned.

closeuup said...

But Barry innovated his genre. You guys didnt see it til 10-15 yrs down the road. (see the west coast 1978 "Bad Painting" show ref too)

George Condo's genius is in how he references art history so far back and with such strong skills. Then he shoots up to the kitsch of Mad magazine, etc. Most of the Juxtapoze crowd doesnt go back past 20th century. Which is OK, but just not such a thrill ride.

lion king said...

The main cat monster on the drum pedestal has menace in his faux innocent eyes and manic fuzziness emanating from his face. That is my favorite part of the painting. The doodad crowd on the right side would make more sense to me as a processional of some kind, if I understood what the green and brown creature container thing on the left was supposed to be. I like all the elements a lot, I just don't understand why they are all there, in that particular arrangement.

serena said...

Too much Stuff. Some really lovely rendering of light and form in the trash can and whatever-it-is on the left side, but I didn't even see it at first because of all the Stuff. The composition feels unconsidered to the point of annoyingness, or perhaps just immature. Of course I'm projecting, because a lot of my student paintings looked a lot like this.

cam'ron said...

ensor, condo since he;s on the site cool sesame st ptg.

Graphic Designer said...

chicomacho said...
crappily painted like schutz,
>>>>>

I find this funny that Dana is considered to painting crappily. what is crappy? I think that she paintings very much like an expressionist or impressionist who needs to step away from the painting and make choices from there then go quickily to the canvas and paint them. Maybe she could leave less brush stroke marks? what would be the point of that.

ahhh, do you like Schutz's crap marks? just wondering

Graphic Designer said...

what is sememee streat painting? I'm curious

Graphic Designer said...

sorry (sp?) Sesame street

shapizzle said...

this painting is fucking horrible. give me a break!