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Shane McAdam Dreamy Landscapes

Sunday, November 21, 2010 · 5 Comments

Shane McAdams is currently showing at Elizabeth Leach Gallery in Portland, Oregon (via Pattern Pulp). McAdams has an MFA from Pratt and is based in NYC. His landscapes mix the old-world theme of nature-as-sublime (a la Hudson River School) with modern digitized abstraction. It’s a new and interesting take on a very old subject.


In the most general sense, my work is about landscape. I grew up with the desert southwest as a backdrop and was visually taken by its sculpted topography; how the layered strata of the rock formations came to be exposed by erosion from wind and water, and how the incremental and chaotic effects of time and climate could conspire to create something more orderly than I could with my hands.

…the forms… take root in the physical properties inherent within specific, mundane materials such as Elmer’s glue, correction fluid, ballpoint pen ink and resin, whose limits are stretched by subjecting them to non-traditional applications… This process reflects the physical forces that are constantly working to fashion and sculpt the natural landscape… I hope to evoke the duality between the actual and the artificial as it is conveyed through idealized and sublime representations of order and beauty.



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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Shayna // Nov 21, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    This collection is so fresh + forward. Huge fan 🙂

  • 2 Kate // Nov 22, 2010 at 9:47 am

    I agree! Thanks for the introduction.

  • 3 maike // Nov 22, 2010 at 5:23 am

    I’m impressed. A fresh approach remindind of classical japanese woodcuts.

  • 4 Kate // Nov 22, 2010 at 9:51 am

    Maike – so true! You see influences from early American paintings to Japanese woodcuts. It’s really unique.

  • 5 Paz López // Nov 22, 2010 at 10:03 am

    Truly interesting and forward indeed!

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