John Adelman

John Adelman News: REVIEW: John Adelman in Visual Art Source, November  3, 2017 - John Zotos

REVIEW: John Adelman in Visual Art Source

November 3, 2017 - John Zotos

John Adelman’s artistic skills are fully in evidence in eleven new drawings completed this year, each executed on canvas in gel ink and acrylic.  They illustrate a wide range of formal approaches through which Adelman follows a strict set of rules to achieve his pictorial goals. This might be regarded as conceptualist process, but the result of his meticulous technique feels more important than the actions used to complete the pieces. He repeatedly uses text and certain shapes like nails traced on the surface while taking a tally. Many of the pieces, like the ethereal “38724," have the number of nails rendered over the surface as their title...

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John Adelman News: PRESS RELEASE: John Adelman: Drawing Attn, September  4, 2017 - Holly Johnson Gallery

PRESS RELEASE: John Adelman: Drawing Attn

September 4, 2017 - Holly Johnson Gallery

Holly Johnson Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of, Drawing: Attn, an exhibition of new ink drawings on canvas by John Adelman. An opening reception will be held Saturday evening, October 14th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. This exhibition continues through Saturday, December 23.

Drawing: Attn is Adelman’s fifth solo exhibition with the gallery and it continues to explore the material qualities of ink. Accumulative and compulsive, his compositions are strictly defined by a series of rules that the artist sets for himself. The works are diverse in scale, subject, and resources, and all created in a formula driven manner...

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John Adelman News: ARTICLE: John Adelman in the Houston Chronicle, January 31, 2017 - Molly Glentzer

ARTICLE: John Adelman in the Houston Chronicle

January 31, 2017 - Molly Glentzer

...While John Adelman has recently begun adding three-dimensional elements to his obsessive pen and ink drawings, this piece surprised me because it's entirely 3D, composed of a plaster cast bust, a metal coin slide (that perfectly suggests a flapping tongue!) and a marble base; yet it's still in keeping with what Adelman calls his "dismantling" concept... 

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John Adelman News: REVIEW: John Adelman + Anna Bogatin in moderndallas.net, January 17, 2014 - Todd Camplin

REVIEW: John Adelman + Anna Bogatin in moderndallas.net

January 17, 2014 - Todd Camplin

Holly Johnson Gallery has split the body and mind with her offering of John Adelman and Anna Bogatin...

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John Adelman News: ARTICLE: Glasstire - John Adelman - One of Two, December 15, 2013 - Richard Bailey

ARTICLE: Glasstire - John Adelman - One of Two

December 15, 2013 - Richard Bailey

John Adelman follows the rules. Rules prescribe the subject for each of his drawings. Precise and odd, they dominate every mark.

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John Adelman News: CATALOGUE RELEASE: John Adelman at Holly Johnson Gallery, November 23, 2013 - Jonathan A. Molina-Garcia

CATALOGUE RELEASE: John Adelman at Holly Johnson Gallery

November 23, 2013 - Jonathan A. Molina-Garcia

42 page fully illustrated catalogue published on the occasion of "John Adelman: One of Two" from November 23 - February 15, 2014. Catalogue includes an essay by Jonathan A. Molina-Garcia.

Available at the gallery and on Blurb.  

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John Adelman News: PRESS RELEASE: John Adelman at Holly Johnson Gallery, October 23, 2013 - Holly Johnson Gallery

PRESS RELEASE: John Adelman at Holly Johnson Gallery

October 23, 2013 - Holly Johnson Gallery

Holly Johnson Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of, John Adelman: One of Two, an exhibition of new drawings that elicit astonishing imagery from painstaking work with logical systems.

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John Adelman News: ESSAY: John Adelman Catalogue, February 15, 2013 - Jonathan A. Molina Garcia

ESSAY: John Adelman Catalogue

February 15, 2013 - Jonathan A. Molina Garcia

For most of his career, John Adelman has explored the material qualities of ink on paper, creating works of art that take on an incredible physical and visceral presence after successive layers of ink have been industriously applied. His compositions are strictly defined by a series of rules that the artist sets for himself. As others have noted, they follow – if a little peripherally - in the footsteps of minimalist and conceptual rule-based art that saw the likes of Sol LeWitt or Josef Albers, and a post-structural interest in art as text, rife with connotative value...

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John Adelman News: ARTICLE: Modern Dallas -  John Adelman - Trace Evidence, July 21, 2011 - Todd Camplin

ARTICLE: Modern Dallas - John Adelman - Trace Evidence

July 21, 2011 - Todd Camplin

Adelman follows the tradition of rule-based art, with systems derived from mathematics, logic, personal, and/or consequential rules. So disciplined is this work that it could be mistaken as computer generated but don’t be fooled, this is where John Adelman’s brilliance lies.

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John Adelman News: PRESS RELEASE: John Adelman: Trace Evidence, July  9, 2011 - Holly Johnson Gallery

PRESS RELEASE: John Adelman: Trace Evidence

July 9, 2011 - Holly Johnson Gallery

John Adelman’s work continues to follow traditions of rule-based art, with systems derived from mathematics, logic, personal, and/or consequential rules set by the artist.

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