This May, Cohle Gallery is delighted to announce the highly anticipated new exhibition by American artist Adam Handler, running May 18-29, 2022. Following his solo show, Twinkling Unknowns, in 2021, Adam is back with Love Land and will this time be present for the inauguration, Wednesday, May 18, 2022.
For a few years, the popularity of Adam Handler has ceased to grow. Born in 1986 in Queens NY, he grew up in Long Island. As a child and teenager, he spent countless hours in his grandparents’ framing workshop in New York. There, his passion for art grew and at the age of 18, he made the decision to develop his creative abilities. He left to study drawing in Italy and then graduated from Purchase College in New York in 2008 with a specialization in art history.
Adam works with spontaneity, drawing inspiration from his current feelings and playing with colors. His process promotes feelings of freedom and excitement, where surprises can appear at any time. The artist’s faux-naive style, his bright colors, aim to convey emotions to the viewer and not to lead to a reflection on the work.
The title of the exhibition Love Land is taken from a song about two lovers called “Loveland”, by the German group Milky Chance. His paintings will talk about love and relationships. The viewer comes face to face with the idea of unconditional love, highlighting the importance of accepting love in all its forms. The aim of the artist above all is to provoke an emotional connection between the public and the work. “Whatever that bond is, whether it’s joy or sadness, excitement or fear…I’m looking for pure emotions. I want people to see things from a new perspective. For artists, our view of representation varies greatly and so it’s refreshing when someone gets a new perspective on the world after seeing my work. »
The exhibition will mark an evolution in Adam’s work as he introduces new subjects, seeing them interact with his already established characters such as the ghost and the girl. His work oscillates between sweetness and sadness, the desire for yesterday or tomorrow; placing his subjects in the cosmos only confirms the uncertainties we all face; like the unknown universe. For the artist, painting serves as a means of self-exploration, acting as therapeutic tools through which he can examine his own psyche.
Adam’s subjects were inspired by his wife, whom he met while studying drawing in Italy. Captivated by her eyes, he began to draw female figures with large round eyes. Exploration of this subject evolved over the years from figurative to abstract, slowly morphing into the faux-naive style it is known for today. He was also strongly influenced by the work of the abstract expressionist artist, Willem DeKooning, and more particularly his atypical depictions of the human form. Speaking about his role as an artist, Adam explains: “My role as an artist is not only to bring joy to myself and my family in the life I lead, but, in my small existence in this world, to give a touch of joy , love, emotions and all that is genuine to people who decide to stop for a short while to just watch. »
This new series of works promises many imaginative and colorful paintings, created in the faux-naive style of Adam. She explores themes like relationships, emotions and empathy, always with a vivid palette and exaggerated shapes to make viewers feel like they are somewhere else.