Adam Silverman’s work embraces an energy that creates something truly new, and a mysterious presence like that of a freshly-mined, unpolished mineral. Silverman defines himself not only as an artist but as a skilled craftsman, and goes beyond the category of pottery. He explores both traditional and contemporary means of expression, and turns even accidental forms into works of art during the process of firing. A texture resembling kairagi , or like crust and lava, recalls the rhythms of graceful organisms, and forms evoking an egg or a human body fit into our living spaces as they describe abstract nature. Further, having studied architecture in college Silverman became inspired by the 20th century’s great architects. The geometry yet simultaneous sense of warmth of his work may thus be considered relatable to modernist architecture.
This is Silverman’s fourth exhibition with Tomio Koyama Gallery and features new works upon the theme of “blue”, with architectural references, natural forms and a sharp sensitivity towards material.
My show will be focused on the color blue, or the many blues, combinations of blues, layers of blues. There may be a few all white pieces, as a cleanser after all of the blues. Like ginger between courses of sushi. Some of the work for the show was made in a summer studio in Rhode Island, which is near the Atlantic Ocean, but also nestled in the green of the woods. The light and air and colors there are very different than in Los Angeles. Most of the work for the show was made in Los Angeles. Some of it was started before I went to Rhode Island for the summer and then finished after I returned, so in terms of time, Rhode Island is in the middle of those pieces, and therefore present. Then some of the pieces were made this Fall in Los Angeles, after Rhode Island. The different shades of blue have many obvious references in nature. The ocean, the sky, the space in between the two, flowers, birds, fish and insects, minerals, etc. (Adam Silverman)
Adam Silverman was born in 1963 in New York. After studying architecture and art, he moved to California. He is also known as a founding member of the fashion brand “X-LARGE”. He started his practice as a ceramic artist in 2002. After working as a studio director at Heath Ceramics, he now works in his own studio in California. His many exhibitions to date include “BOOLEAN VALLEY” (in collaboration with Nader Tehrani, MOCA Pacific Design Center, 2009), “Reverse Archaeology” (The Kimbell Art Museum, Texas, 2012) and “Clay and Space” (Laguna Art Museum, California, 2013). His work has been collected by public institutions including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Nasher Sculpture Center (Dallas, Texas), and the Israel Museum.