Johnny Adimando: The Devil of Unapologetic Mirrors
January 16 – March 3, 2019
Gibbs Street Gallery, 1st floor
Manipulating and reassembling a wide variety of appropriated and original motifs and symbols, Johnny Adimando develops highly detailed sculptures, drawings, photographs, and printed matter. Complicated symmetries and coordinated patterns form elaborately encoded constructions and networks.
About the Artist: (b. 1982; Bronx, New York) Johnny Adimando’s work has been defined as “art that speaks to a constantly shifting material reality”, as well as “miraculous, encoded, and labyrinthine.” He has developed an artistic practice that is defined by a focus on intense detail, technical proficiency, and the harmonious mixture of various mediums. Adimando bridges a dedicated engagement with various print media processes into areas of performance, photography, sculpture, and video. His work does not subscribe to one specific convention. A major focus of his overall studio practice is the development of new materials and alternative processes.
He earned his B.F.A. from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University (2005) and M.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design (2009). He is currently Critic in Painting and Printmaking at the Rhode Island School of Design, where he also serves as the print shop manager, and has been nominated for the “John R. Frazier Award for Excellence in Teaching.”
Adimando’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and is in public and private collections including: The Philadelphia Free Library, Samek Art Gallery at Bucknell University, Tower Investments Gallery, The Lyman Allan Museum, as well as various print exchange projects and flat file collections. Adimando is represented by Yellow Peril Gallery.
He is the recipient of awards including a two-year fellowship at Bucknell University, the Temple Rome Grant, Frogman’s Print and Paper Workshop scholarship, Professional Development Funding Grants from the Rhode Island School of Design, Ruth Katzman Fellowship to the Art Students League Vytlacil residency, an individual artist fellowship to the Chulitna Lodge in Alaska, 2016 RISCA Fellowship in Drawing and Printmaking, 2017 RISCA Fellowship in Three-Dimensional Art, and most recently the Berkshire Taconic Artist’s Fund Fellowship Grant.