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Alexander Adams - Ruins and Landscapes / Ruinen und Landschaften
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Alexander Adams, Ruins and Landscapes.
Edition Size 1000
Alexander Adams works in black and white by traditional means, using pencil and paint, lino cut, etching and engraving. he also writes. This introduction to his work draws heavily upon his writings, though Adams would be the first to acknowledge that any verbal statement about art is a translation from an intuitive mysterious activity which, finally, is untranslatable.
Deliberately he chooses the artisanal methods of a recently-superseded culture, the half-remembered culture of our fathers, invoking the promise of loss, the echoes of prelude and refrain.
"I never come to the easel with an idea. The image comes first and one knows it is right because one reacts instinctively - like a physical reflex, a spasm - and only later does one discern the layers of idea and reference."
Artist Alexander Adams
Excerpts Like a Ghost from the Memory Arising Unbidden, commentart.com, 22.Feb.08