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Art & Life with Adrian Negenborn

Today we’d like to introduce you to Adrian Negenborn.

Adrian, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I am originally from Cleveland, OH and moved to Boston to pursue my MFA at MassArt 10years ago and have stayed in Jamaica Plain ever since. Even at a young age, I was destined to be an artist. I was an only child until almost 8years old and found creative ways to occupy myself alone. I drew and painted all the time as a child.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
My paintings are as much about the primacy of the moment in which they were made as they are the materials they are made with. Starting with a very deliberate setup to paintings, I try to transgress my initial ideas by allowing chaos and chance to influence applications of paint. Before starting paintings, I setup my color palette, mix specific consistencies of paint, and preconceive notions of composition and movement. Then through sometimes explosive uncontrolled and sometimes deliberate methods I throw, pour, brush, scrape, drip the paint on the canvas. As much as my paintings try to engage languages of action painting, they encapsulate the moment they were made. Unweighted by the over-sincerity of abstract expressionism, my mark making refers to the physicality of paint on canvas but aspires to simply refer to the moment of its making. The paintings function as visual stimulus for the viewer to fill in whatever interpretation they see within it.


Given the Role of Artists everything that is going on in the world today, do you think the role of artists has changed? How do local, national or international events and issues affect your art?

The role of artists hasn’t changed much in the last 200 years. The means by which we as viewers experience art has changed greatly. With the internet today, artists don’t need a gallery or museum to receive exposure or sell their work. Anyone can make paintings or sculptures and sell them on the internet. The viewer, more than ever, has to have a critical eye and versed in visual language to distinguish the good art from the bad. There is just so much more art out in the world now, and there are so many more artists.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I am currently represented by On Center Gallery in Provincetown, MA; Asterisk Projects in Brooklyn, NY; Appleton Art Design in Westport, CT; and have paintings on loan throughout the Boston area through the deCordova Museum Corporate Loan program. I also do private showings out my studio on an appointment basis.

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All images copyright Adrian Negenborn

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