International Archives 1st half of 2015
Recent paintings by Adam Straus will be on view at Nohra Haime Gallery from February 11 to March 21. In his new body of work, Even the 21st Century Longs for the Sublime, Straus offers a satiric take on landscape painting, often referencing the technology we use to view the natural world.
Straus has always found inspiration in the work of the 19th-
Exhibition 14 February -
By using mosaic imagery and abstraction, Straus alters the landscape in the way a digital image can break up, creating a metaphor for the disappearance of nature.
Straus focuses on the loss of land to development in Green Space (2014), which is inspired by a photograph taken behind a Target store on the East End of Long Island and a favorite George Inness painting from 1887 of a moonrise. The left part of the canvas is slightly broken up into a mosaic pattern, a comment on the rapid disappearance of green space. Like a number of the paintings in the exhibition, Green Space is painted on a rough jute canvas, which further breaks up and shifts the image so it is slightly out of focus.
A series of small diptychs from 2012–14, wryly titled "Monuments," are intended to create a larger presence than their size. By juxtaposing a representational image on the left and a non-
Work by Adam Straus can be found in museum collections as well as corporate and private collections. Born in Miami in 1956, Adam Straus lives and works on the North Fork of Long Island.
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Adam Straus, Colors of Winter, 2013–14. Oil on canvas, 48 x 72 x 2 in. Photo: Laura Maloney. Courtesy of Nohra Haime Gallery.