Bringing together many sources, including reference to the Hudson River School painters of the American West, the Romanticism of Caspar David Friedrich, animation aesthetics, and the ukiyo-e traditions of Japanese woodcuts, Adam Sorensen makes landscape paintings that are familiar, yet otherworldly. On one hand optimistic and sublime, these paintings depict watery rills, lakes, and rivers that transport the viewer to a place with elements that are easily recognizable, but altogether feel utopian. With this utopia comes a sinister absence— a landscape that feels untouched and unaltered by life.
Skeleton makes reference to a reexamination and excavation of past work, with many of the paintings in the show referencing and revisiting works that the artist has made over his fifteen year-long career.
Sorensen lives and works in Portland, Oregon
Adam Sorensen: Skeleton
Exhibition Dates: January 15 – February 29, 2020
PDX CONTEMPORARY ART
925 NW Flanders Street
Portland, OR 97209