Last night Kevjn, Ross and I went to Adam Machose's opening at Trinity College's Broad Street Gallery, which as far as I know is almost totally unknown in the community. It is a nice small gallery. Years ago, I saw a show there of Ramsay Barnes' homoerotic boyscout paintings back when I was a college freshman, when Ramsay was still gay.
Anyway, Adam is one of my favorite artist pals because of his sturdy work ethic, his taste and his no-funny-business approach to artmaking. All he wants to do is cut the crap and make excellent paintings. Periodically we get together and tear one another's work apart. He has a bunch of my best paintings from art school and his portrait of Asian Syd is hanging in the sexy portrait wing of Bonerland Ranch.
Here we have his most recent work, in which he synthesizes an interest in American folk art and modern reductionism to make portraits of his friends. They are charming, pleasant, quiet, and at times hot with character. Adam has a great power for nuanced observation.
Unfortunately the opening was more of a closing. The show comes down next Tuesday. So hurry if you'd like to see it or purchase: by appointment; (860) 297-5232 or visit Adam's website.
the Broad Street Gallery: a vastly under-exploited and shamefully under-utilized resource. Possibly slated for demolition