Los Angeles

Adam Ross

Angles Gallery

Adam Ross is an artist devoted to exploring the broad range of possibilities in abstract painting. Having come of age aesthetically amid the clashing art-historical narratives of the 1980s—which either tracked painting’s so-called endgame, generating a pronounced interest in the semiotics of abstraction, or, to the contrary, trumpeted the resurgence of representation as the rebirth of the medium—he has made a practice of reconciling tendencies.

In the ’90s, Ross produced not quite thoroughly abstract paintings characterized by heavily worked surfaces and saturated yet diffuse pockets of color. These Rorschach blot–like patches tempt audiences to tease out likenesses as they might from passing clouds. At the end of that decade and into the new millennium, Ross began to produce quasi-architectural forms, fusing diagrammatic abstraction to futuristic or retro-futurist sci-fi. The results are

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