In multiple mediums of pen, paint and etching, over time and in sequence, Bill Adams expands his ongoing cat motif into new territory. He morphs and mutates an archetypical feline into blue-infused drawn forms. Flora melds into fauna and odd structures undergo metamorphosis, with hybrid offshoots taking on strange, enthralling, and mysterious lives. This cast of characters is situated in a primeval vista extending deep into the horizon. A variety of vegetative rocky mounds, water towers, and weird ancient-future cubic formations shape cyclopean visages that stare out at the viewer with the coherence of unforgettable images.
The exhibition consists of three distinct bodies of work which share a common theme executed with different tools that yield myriad effects, bound by Adams’ exceptional use of line. In each series, plants or beasts are centrally placed in a post-apocalyptic panorama. While small in scale, these works on paper create a sweeping and fully realized fictional world without us.
Something dark lurks in the shadows, a contemporary fear and neurosis. An explosive symbolist arc from Redon’s visionary Eye-Balloon to Sendak’s Max calling for the wild rumpus to begin lays the foundation for these unique anthropomorphic personalities.
Bill Adams lives and works in New York City. This is his fourth solo show with Kerry Schuss.