"The Forlorn Incantations" by Johnny Adimando at Yellow Peril
"The Forlorn Incantations" continues to underscore major themes present in Adimando’s overall body of work (collection, escapism, protection, surveillance), but the exhibition will focus more specifically on a concept that addresses the blurred line between protection and imprisonment by way of obsessive order and feigned attempts at "perfection."
The Forlorn Incantations continues to underscore major themes present in Adimando’s overall body of work (collection, escapism, protection, surveillance), but the exhibition will focus more specifically on a concept that addresses the blurred line between protection and imprisonment by way of obsessive order and feigned attempts at “perfection.”
“In my early life, this manifested as a carefully managed home, where extreme cleanliness and perfect order were always maintained, and deliberate distancing was kept from any influence perceived as bad or damaging. There was a right way to be,” Adimando shares. “But, time has led me to see substantial chinks-in-the-armor. The world finds a way in.”
Adimando’s current research focuses on the fallibility of spiritual protective gestures and manifestations; prayers, mantras, ritual objects/actions, as well as the great trust and reverence we place in these measures as conduits of divination. “I am also interested in the cloak-and-dagger of strict morals, be they artistic, emotional, familial, religious or social, and the ways in which these standards/virtues are utilized as a communion with or dispensation from the divine purview/order,” he notes.
In addition to mixed-media sculptural work, The Forlorn Incantations includes digital photographs and videos that touch upon Adimando’s experiences with bouts of familial illness, "misfortune," and feigning truth, which have led him to question the validity of living with any rigid moral distinctions and/or neatly within the parameters of prescribed virtues.
“I believe my work and concepts echo primordial urges and basic human biological imperatives,” explains Adimando. “Namely, the struggle for peace within oneself, and moreover, to protect oneself at all costs, even if that means escaping in ways that are physical and metaphysical.”
The opening reception for The Forlorn Incantations is Saturday, September 12, from 6PM – 9PM. The exhibition will be on display until Saturday, October 17, 2015. This is Johnny Adimando’s first solo exhibition at Yellow Peril Gallery.
About Johnny Adimando
Johnny Adimando is currently part-time faculty in Printmaking and Painting at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI. He has also taught at the Montserrat College of Art and Bucknell University. Adimando earned his BFA (’05) from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University and MFA (’09) from the Rhode Island School of Design. He is the recipient of several major awards including a two-year fellowship and artist residency at Bucknell University (’05-’07), the Temple Rome Grant, a Frogman’s Print and Paper Workshop scholarship, and more recently, a Faculty Professional Development Grant form the Rhode Island School of Design.
Adimando’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and is represented by public and private collections including; The Slater Memorial Art Museum, The Philadelphia Free Library, Samek Art Gallery at Bucknell University, and Tower Investments Gallery. His work also appears in a multitude of national print exchange projects and flat file programs. He is currently represented by Diane Birdsall Gallery in Old Lyme, CT and Yellow Peril Gallery in Providence, RI.
Adimando’s practice is defined by a focus on intense detail, technical proficiency, and the harmonious mixture of various mediums. His work does not subscribe to one particular convention; bridging dedicated engagement with various print media processes into photography, sculpture, and video. It has been described by curator Robert P. Stack as “art that speaks to a constantly shifting and material reality.”
For more info about Johnny Adimando, visit www.johnnyadimando.com.