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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Jason Adams, Clemson University Art Department MFA Alum, Exhibit at Weizenblatt Gallery, Mars Hill University

Weizenblatt Gallery at Mars Hill University will host an exhibition of a large-scale sculpture/installation titled Cardiac Comfort, by Asheville artist Jason Adams (Clemson University, MFA, Art-sculpture, 2013), September 2–30.

The exhibition reception will be held at the gallery on September 11, from 6–8 pm.

According to the artist, Cardiac Comfort references a human heart in its form, and a tent through its materiality. The installation is participatory in that visitors are invited inside the heart shelter, to record their thoughts on available sheets of paper, then clip those pieces of paper on string throughout the gallery.

In describing the work, Adams said: "Our hearts are significant as centers through which blood enriches our various systems. They also hold significance as metaphors for our spiritual core. In both instances, our hearts perform functions necessary for our livelihood. Hearts and tents alike, are nomadic entities, meant for travel and the provision of reflexive protection with their owners. As such, the project implies that we embody the ability to provide and circulate care and shelter for others throughout our adventures."

Adams received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Asheville in 2010 and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Clemson University in 2013. His early work was been primarily comprised of painting, however his work over the last few years has shifted into sculpture and participatory installations along with other various strategies for a socially engaged art practice.
Adams was recently nominated for the Outstanding Student Award through the International Center for Sculpture, and was the 2011 recipient of the George R. MacDonald Fellowship at Clemson. He recently participated in P.A. 360 in Asheville, North Carolina and re(happening) in Black Mountain, North Carolina. Jasonʼs work has also recently been exhibited at Lee Gallery in Clemson, South Carolina, Conrad Wilde Gallery in Tucson Arizona, and at Root Division in San Francisco, California.

Weizenblatt Gallery is open each weekday from 10 am until 4 pm.

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