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Joel Adas

Arbores Venerabiles
Glyndor Gallery | March 3 – July 19, 2009

Joel Adas calls attention to the expressive qualities of the winter sky by fixing his gaze upward, at the very tops of trees. In each of these four small paintings, the composition has been cropped to include only a hint of a tree’s leafless branches, offering up a graphic contrast to the vast expanse of sky behind it. Adas often depicts urban street trees, and his canvases are often transversed by errant telephone wires or the silhouette of a distant airplane. In this way, he examines the intersection of natural and man-made forms. Here, he provides glimpses of Wave Hill House and the greenhouse to similar effect. These paintings, based on snapshots taken on the grounds during early December, aim to capture the distinctive serenity of the pastoral location, as well as the austere beauty of the winter season. The branches of the trees are articulated by thin dark lines of paint, and the structures of Wave Hill House and the greenhouse are suggested with a similar economy. By revealing just a fragment of what seems to be a much larger panorama, Adas creates an engaging intimacy with his subject matter.

Joel Adas has been working with this subject matter for a number of years, and his most recent solo exhibition was The Spaces In Between, at Stripeman Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. His paintings have also been in group exhibitions, such as Winter Group Show, Stripeman Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Window Seat, Fleetwing Gallery, Lambertville, NJ; Unadorned, Third Rail Studio, New Rochelle, NY; No Wonder in Winterland and The Landscape Within, both at A. M. Richard Fine Art, Brooklyn, NY; and The Face, the Temporary Museum of Painting, Brooklyn, NY. He earned a BFA from Rutgers University and an MFA from Purchase College, State University of New York. 
 

Branches and Clouds (Great Lawn), 2009
Branches and Clouds (Great Lawn), 2009
Oil on canvas
26” x 36”
Courtesy of the artist
 

Towards Evening, 2009
Towards Evening, 2009
Oil on canvas
24” x 36”
Courtesy of the artist
 

Above the Greenhouse, 2009
Above the Greenhouse, 2009
Oil on canvas
28” x 16”
Courtesy of the artist

The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts. 
 

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