Tuesday, September 29, 2015

WHACK! Pop up weekend

Interior view of WHACK!, photo by Will Howcroft
WHACK!, a pop up exhibit at 49 River St., Beacon Hill, MA, featuring my work as well as my friend Jodi Colella

Myself and Jodi during our artist talks. Jodi's sculpture I/Me is in the foreground. photo by Wendy Seller
Visitors to WHACK on opening night

Jodi explains the influences of her residency in China, earlier this year.

Jodi Colella describing the origins of her sculpture, "Ant"

Wednesday, September 9, 2015


I am pleased to announce that I will be displaying some new work in a pop up exhibit, WHACK!, with my friend and artist colleague Jodi Colella.

Here's our press release. The first fifty visitors get a special, customized WHACK! door prize, (as if  you needed any more encouragement to see the show.)

Adria Arch, Next Nest, acrylic on Dibond, 122 x 122 cm

Jodi Colella, I/Me, fiber, thread, mixed media, 91.5 x 75 x 39 cm
The work will be on view Friday through Sunday, September 25 to 27 at 49 River Street, Beacon Hill, Boston MA, USA. An opening reception will be held on Friday, September 25 from 6 to 9 pm. The artists will discuss their work at 3 pm on Sunday, September 27. Hours are 3 to 9 pm, Friday and Saturday, and Sunday from 2 to 7 pm.

The show’s title refers to the intensity of color and texture on view and the immediacy and urgency of a three day show.

Adria Arch’s new paintings start with a splash. Working in an intuitive, gestural tradition, she brings in the element of chance at the beginning. The liquid spill, a pooling pour of paint, is the first mark that determines a causative sequence of subsequent marks. For works that are concerned with feeling and surprise and bursts of energy, Arch lets the abstract contour, and the initial color, of that first exuberant gesture determine the spaces she builds across her large-scale surfaces.

Jodi Colella transforms stuffed animals already imbued with meaning into dimensional, imaginary beings that are rich in pattern, color and texture. Obsessed with process, she uses needle and thread to reconstruct found objects into figures laced with whimsy and threat. As embodiments of human nature these beasts resonate with the cultural and psychological plights of the modern world.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

New video about my painting process

Thanks to the fabulous Jonathan Barbato at Arlington Cable Media and videographer Samantha Williams-Radecic, I now have an excellent video to show you my working process.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

August 1 - 7 I spent with 15 brave souls who took my workshop, Intuitive Painting on Cape Ann. I made this video to demonstrate how this approach to teaching art can change profoundly how you see and make art.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

New work on canvas

I've been hard at work in the studio expanding my horizons, pushing myself to the next new exploration which is working at a larger scale and working on canvas and other more permanent surfaces. This has been the most fun I've had in the studio in a long time. I am super excited about what I've been doing.

Stretch, acrylic on canvas, 48" x 48"

Plunge, acrylic on canvas, 48" x 48"
Debut, acrylic on aluminum panel, 48" x 48"
Plunk, acrylic on canvas, 72" x 60"
Rose Garden, acrylic on canvas, 72" x 60"

Swim, acrylic on canvas, 72" x 60"

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Boston Drawing Project

I am very pleased to announce that my work has been accepted into Carroll and Sons Boston Drawing Project, a prestigious flat file collection of art on paper curated by Joseph Carroll. My work will be on view at the Drawing Project through April 2016.

My piece is on the top row, with pink, green and yelllow.

From the Passing Strange series, acrylic on Mylar and paper, 16" x 12"

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Passing Strange at Mary Baldwin College

Thank you to all the folks at Mary Baldwin College who welcomed me and my show, Passing Strange, to the Hunt Gallery this January. Paul Ryan, head of the art dept. at MBC and also gallery director, couldn't have been more gracious. The students were smart, receptive, and hard working.

My preconceptions about this southern, all women's college were wrong. That is, my old fashioned idea of "white girls in pearls" was, thankfully, very out of date. The student body is diverse, anything but privileged in attitude, and I found the ones I met in the art department engaging and engaged in their work. And they were quite curious about my artists' life, and how and why I make my work. I feel very honored to have had this opportunity.  Here are few installation shots.

Passing Strange, Hunt Gallery, Mary Baldwin College

Passing Strange, Hunt Gallery, Mary Baldwin College

Passing Strange, Hunt Gallery, Mary Baldwin College

Passing Strange, Hunt Gallery, Mary Baldwin College

Passing Strange, Hunt Gallery, Mary Baldwin College

Passing Strange, Hunt Gallery, Mary Baldwin College

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Grimshaw-Gudewicz Gallery exhibition is on view

I am pleased to be part of the three person exhibition including myself, Nancy Hayes and Allison Paschke, curated by Kathleen Hancock at the Grimshaw-Gudewicz Gallery at Briston Community College in Fall River, MA. On view from Jan. 22 through February 20.

From the curator:
"The ability to create, and to assign meaning to, marks and shapes is a uniquely human trait. Image making, symbol writing, written language development are part of the impulse to assign meaning to and communicate information about things. Of necessity it requires a communal set of marks and shapes whose meaning is relatively constant. However, language and the marks cultures use to record objects and things are the same marks used to describe ideas, notions of things that live inside the mind.

Some shapes and marks seem to be universal, shared across cultures and time. They are a reflection of a common visual language or archetypal elements of expression. The artists in this exhibition use shape, color (or its absence), and complex spatial relationships to draw us into some of these ideas. What gives rise to meaning? What experiences are common to all of us? Are there associations that we can all delight in a shared sense of connection with?

Adria Arch uses an almost serendipitous approach to building images. She often works with doodles — the kinds of spontaneous marks and shapes found along the margins of notebooks.

Of her work Arch has written, "Doodles made in an unselfconscious state of reverie strike me as a way into our common humanity. For me, these symbols are a mysterious language that is both deeply personal and universal." Arch expands these shapes onto canvas and into sculpture, sometimes layering these shapes to create bold, richly textured works that invite us to think of them as both shape and narrative."