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POWER by David Emitt Adams

Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Candela Gallery is excited to announce POWER, a solo exhibition by Arizona based photographer, David Emitt Adams. For the last ten years, Adams has been documenting the contemporary American landscape using the wet plate collodion process. By applying this early 19th century process onto discarded steel ephemera such as cans and scrap metals, Adams’ photographs are inherently transformed into one of a kind, three dimensional objects with a new gravitas and actualized tension between time and place. 

 In POWER, practicably realized on large scale 55-gallon steel drum lids, Adams’ conceptually orbits the moorings of the petroleum industry in the American Southwest. Fascinated by the multifaceted weight of power, Adams has spent the last three years traveling cross country, photographing oil refineries and the industrial landscape. The resulting images portray the various sub-regional interdependencies with industry, in their similarities and distinctions, while presenting as almost wistful landscapes. All photographs are direct positive, and made on location using Adams’ custom-built camera system. By pushing process and form, Adams merges the past and present, photography and sculpture, asking us to consider the history of energy as well as our place within it.

David Emitt Adams obtained his Bachelor of Fine Art from Bowling Green State University and a Master of Fine Art from Arizona State University. David’s photographs have been exhibited nationally and internationally including museum exhibitions at Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Phoenix Art Museum, Wichita Art Museum, Roswell Museum and Art Center, Southern Utah Museum of Art, Tucson Museum Art, the Chrysler Museum of Art and most recently at Museum of Fine Arts Boston. He is a recipient of the Clarence John Laughlin Award, the Puffin Foundation Grant and the Arizona Commission on the Arts Research and Development Grant. His work is in the permanent collection of The Center for Creative Photography, The Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Museum of Photographic Arts San Diego, The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, The George Eastman Museum, and The Worcester Art Museum as well as numerous private collections.

POWER by David Emitt Adams will be on view Tuesdays - Fridays, 11am – 5pm and Saturdays, 1pm – 5pm - through Sunday, October 27th. 

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