A Brief History of the Future, Group Exhibition at Claire Oliver Gallery

 

 

 

BK Adams, the Thinker, acrylic paint and mixed media on canvas, 2024, 60 x 86 x 3 inches/152 x 218 x 8 cm. Image courtesy of the artist and Claire Oliver Gallery.

Claire Oliver Gallery is pleased to present A Brief History of the Future, a special group exhibition of works by gallery artists BK Adams, Barbara Earl Thomas, Stan Squirewell, and Carolyn Mazloomi—who the gallery recently started representing. Expressing themselves through painting, paper cuts, glasswork, found photography, and quilting, the artists in this presentation are time benders—wielding their practices in order to explore the interdependent and evolving dimensions of past, present, and future. With their own unique variations on the choreography of reflection and anticipation, these artists prove that chronological systems of time are insufficient to address the compounding complexities of and ever-shifting revelations about identity, race, gender, family, nature, culture, and politics. Calling on ancestral, generational, and societal wisdom, this show gives equal importance to those histories we bring into focus and those futures we attempt to influence. As Octavia Butler expressed in her 1993 novel Parable of the Sower, “All that you touch / You Change / All that you change / Changes You / The only lasting truth / Is Change…” A Brief History of the Future will be on view at Claire Oliver Gallery, May 31 – August, 2024.

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Claire Oliver Gallery Announced a Solo Exhibition of BK Adams in September, 2023 ~ ‘Five Miles’

 

 

 

BK Adams, Sul Surrender, Oil on canvas, 2021-22, 60 x 83 x 2 inches/152 x 211 x 4cm. Images courtesy Claire Oliver Gallery

Claire Oliver Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new work by artist BK Adams, Five Miles. The exhibition features 10 large-scale, multimedia artworks that are layered narratives of symbolism, syphers, recurring imagery and text. Adams employs a complex system of references from the natural world such as dried flowers and wax bees alongside recurring characters such as the lion and the blue horse to tell complex biographical and allegorical stories. The exhibition marks the gallery debut for the artist, whose work has already been placed in four institutions since he joined the gallery’s program in early 2023. Five Miles will be on view in New York City from September 8 – November 4, 2023.

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