ADAM SORENSEN | In Situ

May 1 - June 27, 2015
Opening Reception: May 2nd, 6-8pm

"In nature the new is mythic because its potential is not yet realized; in consciousness the old is mythic, because its desires were never fulfilled." –Susan Buck-Morss

CULT | Aimee Friberg Exhibitions is pleased to present In Situ, a solo exhibition of new paintings by Adam Sorensen, on view from May 1 through June 17. Since 2006, Sorensen’s work has explored the craft and concept of the pictorial landscape. Incorporating influences ranging from the Hudson River School, painters of the American West, and the uikiyo-e tradition of Japanese woodcuts, Sorensen produces his own visual language, one that communicates a reverence both for the existing natural world and for imagined places.

“For years my paintings have been landscapes bereft of any particular subject or action. While creating the series of works in In Situ, I wanted to challenge that static space with a component that felt natural to the setting, yet contradicted its stillness,” said Sorensen. “The push/pull of the jutting rocks, occupiers of once-empty space, prompt the question of whether they are coming or going, forming or eroding. This ambiguity of subject is for me the crucial feature.”

Composed over long periods of time, Sorensen’s paintings demonstrate a methodical and precise technique, evocative of digital renderings. In his most recent works, crags and cliffs protrude from seemingly nowhere, only to disintegrate into the foreground. Disregarding the rationality of space or stasis of the landscape, these paintings celebrate the artist’s uncanny ability to invent worlds and provoke viewers into doing the same.

ABOUT THE ARTIST
Born in Chicago and raised in Pennsylvania, Adam Sorensen now lives and works in Portland, Oregon. He has shown his work throughout the Western US and internationally, including at PDX Contemporary Art (Portland, OR); the Portland Art Museum; James Harris Gallery (Seattle, WA); The CW (Los Angeles, CA), and the Glasgow School of Art (Glasgow, Scotland). Sorensen studied painting at the Studio Arts Center International in Florence, Italy and sculpture at Alfred University in New York.

Adam Sorensen - Brontosaurus, 2015, oil on canvas, 64 x 68 inches
Adam Sorensen - Plant Life, 2015, oil on linen, 40 x 44 inches
Adam Sorensen - Balloon Animal, 2015, oil on linen, 40 x 44 inches
Adam Sorensen - Repose, 2015, oil on canvas, 64 x 68 inches
Adam Sorensen - God's Eye, 2015, oil on linen, 40 x 44 inches
Adam Sorensen - Guest 1, 2015, oil on paper, 11 x 14 inches, unframed
Adam Sorensen - Guest 4, 2015, oil on paper, 11 x 14 inches, unframed
Adam Sorensen - Guest 3, 2015, oil on paper, 11 x 14 inches, unframed
Adam Sorensen - Guest 2, 2015, oil on paper, 11 x 14 inches, unframed

Current

RHONDA HOLBERTON: Still Life
January 10 – March 4, 2017

Past

REBEKAH GOLDSTEIN: Release Me
October 21 - December 10, 2016

NO SHOW MUSEUM: Yves Klein, Maria Eichhorn, Daniel Knorr, Etc.
One Night Only: Monday, October 17, 2016

DESIRÉE HOLMAN: Selected Works
September 17 - October 8, 2016

SHE MOONAGE DAYDREAM:
Facundo Argañaraz, Leah Guadagnoli, Desirée Holman, Kara Joslyn, Max Maslansky, Liz Robb, Tamra Seal, Emily Weiner, & Cate White

July 16 - August 20, 2016

PABLO DÁVILA: Ladies & Gentlemen,
We Are Floating In Space

May 13 - July 9, 2016

MASAKO MIKI: Conversations with Fox, Feather, and Ghost
March 4 - April 30, 2016

SUZY POLING: Total Internal Reflection
January 15 - February 27, 2016

DAN GLUIBIZZI: You Don’t Have to be Alone Tonight
November 6 – December 19, 2015

FRANCESCO IGORY DEIANA: Haptic Render
September 11- October 31, 2015

SEXXXITECTURE: Daniel Gerwin, Rebekah Goldstein, Roman Liška, Max Maslansky, May Wilson & Jake Ziemann
July 1 - August 1, 2015

ADAM SORENSEN: In Situ
May 1 - June 27, 2015

KLARA KÄLLSTRÖM & THOBIAS FÄLDT: Village / High Hills
February 27 - April 25, 2015

PRINCE RAMA: How To Live Forever
January 25 – February 21, 2015

JOSEPH DUMBACHER & JOHN DUMBACHER: Divert (Out of Line)
November 7, 2014 – January 16, 2015

REBEKAH GOLDSTEIN: Passenger
September 12 – November 1, 2014

A PATTERN LANGUAGE: Michelle Grabner, Angie Wilson & Lena Wolff
June 20 - July 19, 2014

MICHELLE BLADE: Gathering Into Being
April 25th – June 7th, 2014

MIGUEL ARZABE: /*Reject Algorithms*/
March 7 – April 19, 2014

JACQUELINE KIYOMI GORDON: Drawings
March 7 – April 19, 2014

FRITZ CHESNUT: Purr Valley
& Rhonda Holberton

January 10 - February 22, 2014

UNSEEN: Miya Ando, Miguel Arzabe, Chris Duncan, Klea Mckenna & Dean Smith
November 10 - December 21, 2013

Past Off-Site Exhibitions

LAS COSAS QUE PINTAN / PAINTING IN AN EXPANSIVE FIELD
Works by Miguel Arzabe & Juan Sorrentino

April 9 – May 17, 2015

EBB: Gina Borg and Chris Russell at Loczi Design
December 10, 2014