From January 14 – February 1, 2013, the exhibition “Plowed: Eleven Drawings” by Tom Adair will be on view at Mary Baldwin’s Hunt Gallery. Adair lives and works in Richmond, Virginia. He received the BFA from Eastern Michigan University; and, he earned the MFA from Indiana University (Bloomington). Since 1968 Adair has exhibited his work nationally and internationally, including venues in New York, Texas, Michigan, Virginia, Qatar, and Canada, among others. He is an adjunct faculty member in the School of the Arts, the English Department, and the Honors College at Virginia Commonwealth University.Adair’s work is represented by the Page Bond Gallery in Richmond.
The work in “Plowed” is comprised of eleven recent drawings in which the following materials are employed: etching ink, flaked graphite, marble dust, linseed and mink oils, and gold leaf. Each of these is used with a keen respect for its unique physical and optical qualities. Attentive to the physicality of the media and the various gestures of his creative process, Adair’s goal for the drawings is for them to function self-reflexively and self-critically. He states: “[t]he drawings do not refer elsewhere. [E]ach is a referent to the actions involved in its construction.This includes the white border (joint compound) and the hand-built frames.”
A reception will be held for the artist on Monday, January 14, from 4:30-6:00 p.m. in Hunt Gallery. The public is invited to attend.Hunt Gallery is dedicated to the exhibition of contemporary work in all media by regionally and nationally recognized artists. The Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. during the College’s academic year. Hunt Gallery’s schedule for the 2012-2013 academic year can be found online at: https://www.mbc.edu/arts/huntgallery.php.