ADAM BALL STUDIO VISIT
We recently had the chance to stop by Adam’s studio and talk about his new show at the Goss-Michael Foundation, The Space Between, as well as the new motifs his exploring in his work, and the other projects that he’s got in the pipeline, amongst other things. If you’re in the Dallas area be sure to checkout The Space Between as it’s running through October 4th.
1. Where is your studio located in the UK?
I’m currently based in South London.
2. How long have you been there, what’s your favorite part of your studio?
About a year and it overlooks an ancient cemetery so I love the peace. It really helps me to work.
3. Are there any spots in your neighborhood that you go to for inspiration/take a breather from work?
The parks for downtime with my 3 year old son, and my studio is also situated immediately above Volcano Coffee which is an amazing independent roastary with a coffee shop for energy when I’m putting in long nights in the build up to a show.
4. Can you tell us a little bit about the work in your new solo show at the Goss-Michael Foundation, The Space Between?
Much of the imagery reflects life in all it’s forms - man made or naturally occurring, visible or invisible, micro biological or galactic. By challenging the context or scale, I found that everything can potentially become interchangeable. My work is essentially abstract, but much of the core imagery is distilled from source material that has been constantly layered, edited and reworked.
5. Hailing from the UK, how did you get connected with the Goss-Michael Foundation? What are your thoughts on the current Dallas art scene?
I first exhibited at the Goss Gallery in Dallas in 2007 when Kenny and George started to collect my work. I’ve since worked closely with the Foundation on exhibitions such as RE:DEFINE, which happens to also involve the curator of The Space Between, The Future Tense. However this is my first solo show since they became a foundation and also my first major institutional US show. I will be in Dallas 3 times this year so it’s almost becoming a second home. It’s changed dramatically since I first visited there is a real hunger and knowledge for contemporary art here.
6. What are some of the new motifs that you’re exploring in your work?
A lot of the work in this show originates from images created by collaborating with a range of specialists - mostly microbiological. I’ve been examining what is possible and how it can be made.
7. A lot of your work incorporates abstract DNA as a visual language, how did you become fascinated with using these forms?
I’ve always been extremely interested in how we are made and function and how everything is connected. The fact that we are all essentially made of stardust is pretty hard to comprehend when you think about it.
8. In The Space Between is there a statement that you are attempting to make or something that you want the audience to walk away with?
I hope it feels like a cohesive body of work, investigating different aspects of the world around us but also that it feels intimate and optimistic. Science is playing an increasingly interesting role in our lives and poses some fundamental questions about the way we exist.
9. What other projects do you have in the pipeline?
My next show is later this month at the XXV anniversary exhibition at Galeria Xavier Fiol, Spain, and I’ve also collaborated with The Halo Trust on a unique signature artists version of the classic Desert Boot, which is something very different from my usual gallery shows.
10. What is the greatest part about being an artist?
Pushing myself to see what I can create and constantly trying to learn. Oh, and traveling to lots of interesting places and meeting and working with very interesting and different people.