Gabriel Adams (USA / NZ)
GABRIEL ADAMS was born in Stockbridge, Massachusetts in 1978.
He had an early exposure to the decorative and fine arts and grew up within a
vibrant community of performance, theater, dance, and classical music. He
attended the Putney School in Vermont,
where he took to the arts of painting, drawing, and sculpture like wildfire.
During this time he studied sculpture in Ireland,
at the Burren College of Art, and made a short residence at the Stone Carving
Studio in Rutland, Vermont. He then attended Trinity College
in Dublin, Ireland,
The College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine, The Chautauqua School of Fine Art in New York, and The Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine
where in 2002 he earned his degree with Honors in Sculpture and Fine Arts.
After graduating from university Adams boarded a sailing ship and worked as a
deckhand along the Atlantic
Coast. He then moved to Dunedin, New
Zealand, to take up residency as a
traditional timber-framer and farmer. During these years (2003-2008) Adams maintained a very strong studio practice. He also
tended bees, gardened, built sustainable homes, demolished fences, sailed,
explored, guided tourists through some of the countries rockiest terrain, and
was an artist at the Refinery Art Space in Nelson, NZ. In 2006 Adams allied
himself with New Zealand
and formally accepted his citizenship. These formative experiences inserted Adams into the rich fabric of Art/Environment and formed
the underpinning of his work, which he refers to as, ¡®environmental: forever
bound and inseparable.¡¯ Adams says his work
resides where, ¡°¡¦man and nature intersect, where intellect meets the boundary
with nature and the outside world. It¡¯s this dialogue between what is real, and
what we think is real, which interests me, and this question of whether or not
man and nature are separate entities.¡±
Adams has exhibited in Bosnia,
Dragon Heads: World Art Tendency, Winter Festival,
Downs Sculpture Symposium, Canaan
Sculpture Symposium, Milnthorpe Reserve,
International Sculpture Symposium. Geochang,
Public Art Project, Nelson and
2004 No Man's Land, Gallery 203, Arts Council, Nelson
The None Gallery,
2002 Coaster Project, Destination the World, Trans-cultural Exchange, Global
and Drawings, Blum, College of the Atlantic,
Tower Exhibition, The Burren
School of Art,
of the Atlantic,
College of Art, Ballyvaughan, Co.
Art of Peace, by Nicole Dupont, The Advocate. The Berkshires.
2006 Open to the Elements, Nelson Mail. Nelson, NZ
2005 Connections With The Land, Nelson Mail. NZ
2004 Linkages With The Land, Nelson Mail
for Cultural Exchange, Channel 13 News.
Chautauqua School of the Arts Publications.
Watercolor on Six-packs, by Alice Giordano,
of Brewing and the Golden Lass,
D.L. Geary Brewing Company,