Adrian Landon Brooks: SACRED TRADITIONSIllustration // Saturday, 14 Jun 2014
SVPER ORDINARY Gallery is pleased to present SACRED TRADITIONS, a solo exhibition of new work by Adrian Landon Brooks, with an opening reception Saturday, June 14th from 6p.m.-10p.m. Brooks uses a mixture of mediums and techniques to execute his vision; most recently focusing on gouache/ink illustrations that are created on paper or wood. In recent years, this has primarily been reflected in his war paint series, which consists of antique cabinet photos that have been drawn and painted over. This series is a revitalization of the past and a celebration of timeless beauty. Style may vary but Adrian's core elemental themes remain consistent. He generally focuses on a central figure that is often floating in a blank space, or on a minimal background. He is drawn to sacred art of all kinds, especially art that emphasizes a "savior.” This is strongly represented in the iconic imagery he creates, and in his words “it is my attempt to pay homage to something greater than myself.
'I have always been drawn to a past era, imagery that reflects a simpler time. I grew up rummaging through my grandparents' garage in Houston looking for old oil cans, paint buckets, and catalogs. The artifacts I found there showed detail and style that has long been replaced by digital imitations. The flat logos on rusty cans and illustrations in men’s 1950's catalogs served as perfect test subjects for learning how to draw a simple image. In many ways, I am still creating the same simple and effective images I made when I was a kid. Traditional folk art has been the primary focus for most of my adult life. The emphasis on a single bold line or minimal color palette continues to serve as a constant challenge. When I strip a painting down to its bare bones it helps me think more intently about the impact of each line or stroke. I find satisfaction in creating simple and concise works that convey universal messages of loss, love and redemption.' Adrian Landon Brooks
New Works by Adrian Landon Brooks June 14th - July 6th, 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 14, 6p.m. - 10p.m.
3350 Brighton Blvd., Denver, CO 80216