Full of exacting precision and gestural improvisation, Fowler’s drawings are produced through a meticulous and meditative process. Starting with white sheets of paper, Fowler applies color to each using oil based inks and a printing press. After drawing a network of graphite gestures on each sheet, he then cuts away the paper between the lines and combines them to create multi-layered, dimensional reliefs in which all of the negative spaces have been excised.
In Transparency of Volume, Fowler has greatly varied the densities of his compositions by modulating the size and tonalities of his lines; each work is comprised of six to ten cut paper layers. In an additional refinement of his previous body of work, Fowler has inserted layers of contrasting color to create different optical effects in each work. Together, Fowler’s fusion of densities and textures with contrasting layers of color adds greater depth and complexity to his already intricate works.
Adam Fowler was born in Fairfax, VA and received his BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, in 2001.
Adam Fowler: Transparency of Volume
Exhibition Dates: Up now through November 7, 2020
Brian Gross Fine Art
San Francisco, CA