“The Pleasures Here Are Well Known”featuring the work of John James Anderson and Susan StacksOpening Reception, Saturday February 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m. February 8 - March 11, 2012
Adah Rose Gallery, 3766 Howard Ave Kensington Md, 20895 www.adahrosegallery.comHours: Fri-Sun 12-6 and by appointment.
Music by Walker RoadJohn James Anderson
The printed word and the acquisition of language are the principal ideas in the work of John James Anderson. His first series, “Building Blocks,” adopts the playful vocabulary of pop art with familiar logos and graphics which require reading through a lens that is both nostalgic and cerebral. Mr. Anderson creates a graphic alphabet from the eye- catching lettering of soda cans, candy wrappers and cereal boxes. In his second series, “Out of Print,” language and the evolution of our collective literacy is also explored, this time in the decline of print journalism. Mr. Anderson collected the front pages of national newspapers and carefully erases portions of their content, resulting in graphic and poetic musings on the fate of mass communication.
John James Anderson earned two BFAs from Iowa State University in graphic design and fine arts. After earning an MFA in painting from American University, he taught at American University, George Washington University, and The Corcoran College of Art and Design. He is currently Associate Professor of Art at Prince George’s Community College. He has shown extensively in the DC area, most recently at the Arlington Arts Center, Transformer Gallery, Glenview Mansion, and the Stamp Gallery at the University of Maryland.
Beginning with the unconsciousness of a doodle, but executed with the commitment of surgery, Susan Stacks creates drawings with pencil and pen that are artifacts of a meditative experience. These intricate and elegant works reference landscapes, microscopic forms, and cartography. As she draws, a twist becomes a tug, a dash a dot. Her influences are as varied as novels, mythological figures, plant and bacterial life, rock stars and vending machines. Ms. Stacks refers to her drawings as emotional maps, parasites, friends, and penance.
Susan Stacks recently earned an MFA from the School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan. She recieved her BFA, Magna cum laude, in sculpture, art, and visual technology from George Mason University in 2008. During her three years at the University of Michigan, she worked as a Graduate Student Instructor. She has received several grants and fellowships, both as an undergraduate and graduate student, and has exhibited both in Virginia and Michigan. This is her first show at Adah Rose Gallery.