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Adam Chapman
updated: 06/14/2008
website: www.adamchapmanart.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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detail: Diagram of Isolated Moments Forming a Memory
Installation shot; Diagram of the Dynamics of the Physical Embodiment of Desire
detail: Diagram of Isolated Moments Forming a Memory
detail: Diagram of Isolated Moments Forming a Memory
detail: Diagram of Isolated Moments Forming a Memory
detail: Diagram of Isolated Moments Forming a Memory
detail: Diagram of Isolated Moments Forming a Memory
detail: Diagram of Isolated Moments Forming a Memory
detail: Diagram of the Dynamics of the Physical Embodiment of Desire
detail: Diagram of the Dynamics of the Physical Embodiment of Desire
detail: Diagram of the Dynamics of the Physical Embodiment of Desire
detail: Diagram of the Dynamics of the Physical Embodiment of Desire
detail: Starling Drawing 3
detail: Starling Drawing 10
detail: Starling Drawing 13
 
Portfolio Keywords:  biomorphic, figurative, conceptual, portraiture, systems, technology, abstract, organic, nature, gestural
 
 
detail: Diagram of Isolated Moments Forming a Memory by Adam Chapman
detail: Diagram of Isolated Moments Forming a Memory
custom software, custom display
2008
Dimensions variable
Installation shot; Diagram of the Dynamics of the Physical Embodiment of Desire by Adam Chapman
Installation shot; Diagram of the Dynamics of the Physical Embodiment of Desire
custom software, custom display
2007
Dimensions variable
detail: Diagram of Isolated Moments Forming a Memory by Adam Chapman
detail: Diagram of Isolated Moments Forming a Memory
custom software, custom display
2008
Dimensions variable
detail: Diagram of Isolated Moments Forming a Memory by Adam Chapman
detail: Diagram of Isolated Moments Forming a Memory
custom software, custom display
2008
Dimensions variable
detail: Diagram of Isolated Moments Forming a Memory by Adam Chapman
detail: Diagram of Isolated Moments Forming a Memory
custom software, custom display
2008
Dimensions variable
detail: Diagram of Isolated Moments Forming a Memory by Adam Chapman
detail: Diagram of Isolated Moments Forming a Memory
custom software, custom display
2008
Dimensions variable
detail: Diagram of Isolated Moments Forming a Memory by Adam Chapman
detail: Diagram of Isolated Moments Forming a Memory
custom software, custom display
2008
Dimensions variable
detail: Diagram of Isolated Moments Forming a Memory by Adam Chapman
detail: Diagram of Isolated Moments Forming a Memory
custom software, custom display
2008
Dimensions variable
detail: Diagram of the Dynamics of the Physical Embodiment of Desire by Adam Chapman
detail: Diagram of the Dynamics of the Physical Embodiment of Desire
custom software, custom display
2007
Dimensions variable
detail: Diagram of the Dynamics of the Physical Embodiment of Desire by Adam Chapman
detail: Diagram of the Dynamics of the Physical Embodiment of Desire
custom software, custom display
2007
Dimensions variable
detail: Diagram of the Dynamics of the Physical Embodiment of Desire by Adam Chapman
detail: Diagram of the Dynamics of the Physical Embodiment of Desire
custom software, custom display
2007
Dimensions variable
detail: Diagram of the Dynamics of the Physical Embodiment of Desire by Adam Chapman
detail: Diagram of the Dynamics of the Physical Embodiment of Desire
custom software, custom display
2007
Dimensions variable
detail: Starling Drawing 3 by Adam Chapman
detail: Starling Drawing 3
video loop, custom display
2008
Dimensions variable
detail: Starling Drawing 10 by Adam Chapman
detail: Starling Drawing 10
video loop, custom display
2008
Dimensions variable
detail: Starling Drawing 13 by Adam Chapman
detail: Starling Drawing 13
video loop, custom display
2008
Dimensions variable

Artist Statement


I seek to emphasize the noble failure of trying to make sense of our surroundings, and the euphoria that comes when the mechanics of the world flash briefly into focus. In my artwork, I create generative systems that cross natural systems (the flight patterns of birds or the way raindrops roll down a windowpane) with cultural systems such as language or representational imagery. Each work is a system wherein movement and interaction of discrete elements create outcomes that are unique from moment to moment. I encode the scientifically researched physical laws of natural systems in a virtual environment and then let the system run on its own, generating familiar but distinct moments. The resultant time-based, generative work is familiar in its movement and surprising in its fleeting resolution.

My work-in-progress continues to merge the dynamic possibilities of contemporary tools with the millennia-old tradition of mark-making. In looking at the future of drawing and representational imagery, I am exploring a system wherein rules govern discrete abstract elements that build a greater representational form. I apply the rules of natural phenomena to colored forms and lines. These natural dynamics are then altered so that the forms periodically combine to form representational drawings. A tension is created between the movement of the shapes and lines and the forming of representational images.

Artist Bio / CV
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

Scheduled 2008
Catherine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, CA (Sept.)
MassMoCA, Kidspace, North Adams, MA (Oct.)
Sky is the Limit Gallery, Mallorca, Spain (Dec.)
2008
Triennale der Photographie, MetaPaisatages, Hamburg, Germany
2007
Kasia Kay Art Projects, Notions of Wilderness, Chicago, IL
Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Images Festival, Toronto, Canada
Pilar and Joan Miro Foundation, MetaPaisatages, Mallorca, Spain (catalog)
Carnegie Art Center, Phantom Power, Buffalo, NY (catalog)
2006
911 Media Arts Center, Natural Causes, Seattle, WA (solo)
Fundacao Armando Álvares Penteado, Electric Art, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Lumen Eclipse, October, Boston, MA
2005
Grand Central Art Center, Exquisite Electric, Fullerton, CA (catalog)
2004
Pittsburgh Children's Museum (commissioned permanent install, collaboration), Pittsburgh, PA
Branch Gallery, Branch Gallery Coloring Book, Carrboro, NC
2003
American Museum of the Moving Image, ALT Digital Media, Queens, NY
Grand Central Art Center, 6 Booths in 7 Weeks, Fullerton, CA (catalog)
Whitney Museum Artport, PDPal (collaboration), New York, NY/online
Whitney Museum Artport, The Impermanence Agent (collaboration), New York, NY/online
2002
DeCordova Museum, In the Loop, Boston, MA
Westport Arts Center, "Self": Portraits in New Media, Westport, CT
2001

D.U.M.B.O. Film & Video Festival, New York, NY
Grand Central Art Center/Cal. State Fullerton, Chapman & Utterback, Fullerton, CA
The New Museum Z-Media Lounge, This is New (Impermanence Agent, collaboration), New York, NY

GRANTS & AWARDS

Scheduled
Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Extending Creativity in Digital Media, Snowmass, CO (2009)
MassMoCA, Kidspace, North Adams, MA (2008)
2007 - 2008
American Academy in Rome, Visiting Artist, Rome, Italy
2006
MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH
911 Media Arts Center, Artist in Residence, Seattle, WA
2002
Web Lab X-Over: Studio A White Oak, FL
Rockefeller New Media Fellowship, Nominee
2001

California State, Fullerton Grand Central Art Center Artist in Residence, Santa Ana, CA
Banff Center for the Arts Banff, Canada