Thursday, February 28, 2013

Artist blends ideas of “beginning” and “end” in works of art

Still from "Inhumation" by Adam Forrester

Adam Forrester isn’t bothered by failure. In fact, he’s inspired by it.

Forrester’s works of art in the “Master of Fine Arts Degree Candidate Exhibition” are about the merging of polar opposites, like failure and success. To illustrate these ideas, he engages in character-driven performance acts. His exit show work will feature short videos of his performances, accompanied by objects from these acts.

“The acts themselves closely resemble absurd cycles of meaningless or futile acts,” said Forrester. He incorporates performance with sculptural elements and uses his photography and filmmaking background to reiterate this idea of making and unmaking, creating and destroying.

The theme for these works arose when Forrester grew frustrated with making and creating art and decided to act in the moment to counter his frustration. Grabbing the nearest object, a shovel, he began digging holes, only to fill them back up again. This labor, while giving him no tangible or “meaningful” results, inspired him.

Forrester’s work has been featured in the Oxford American, Appendix Magazine and F-Stop Magazine. In 2011, he was awarded the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts Research and Performance Grant for his documentary featurette “Eat White Dirt.” His work has been screened and exhibited both nationally and internationally.

Forrester plans to continue making similar video works and exhibiting them. He recently self-published a book of images and texts, “SUPERMOON,” that will be the first of a large volume of books about celestial bodies. He hopes to release the next volume, “YELLOWKNIFE,” a book about Mars, with a publishing company.

The “Master of Fine Arts Degree Candidates Exhibition” is on view at the Georgia Museum of Art March 16 to April 22, 2013, with an opening reception in conjunction with 90 Carlton: Spring on March 22. MFA Speaks is scheduled for March 21 at 5:30 p.m. and will feature the artists discussing their work.

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