Sunday, April 22, 2012


Bernard Martin: From the Landfills of My Mind
MAY 3 - JUNE 2, 2012
Opening reception: MAY 3, 6-8pm

ADA Gallery is pleased to present “From the Landfills of My Mind,” a new exhibition of paintings by Bernard Martin.

In his large-scale oil and acrylic paintings, Martin juxtaposes recreations of the magazine and comic book covers of his youth with images drawn from art historical and literary sources, creating a dialogue across the lines of high art and pop culture in which one picture plays off another, extending and complicating their possible meanings and suggesting rich levels of complexity not overtly discernible or inherent in each image alone.

Martin, 76, is a Professor Emeritus at Virginia Commonwealth University where he taught from 1962–92 and was the First Chairman of the Painting & Printmaking Department from 1967–69. He has had numerous solo exhibitions throughout his multi-decade career including three separate traveling shows of his work organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (in 1973–74; 1975–76; and 1996–97), and a previous show at ADA Gallery (2010). His work has also appeared in over 200 group shows nationally and internationally since 1969. He has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants including two Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowships and a National Endowment for the Arts Visual Arts Fellowship (1995).

Martin lives and works in Richmond, VA.

Sin Titulo featuring Cliff Hengst at Mulherin + Pollard

Here are two watercolors in the upcoming exhibit Sin Titulo, by San Francisco artist Clifford Hengst. Sin Titulo is a collaboration with Scott Hewicker. 

at Mulherin + Pollard


In Sin Titulo, San Francisco artists Scott Hewicker and Clifford Hengst explore the nether worlds between sublime mystery and lurid banality. In drawing, painting, videos and performance, both artists mine sparsely populated interiors and haunted objects that reflect on the anticipatory charge of discreet physical contact through experience, memory, and fantasy.
Hengst's watercolor and ink paintings on paper are based on dim light and shadows, and places people hide themselves both physically and emotionally. He investigates the darkness and mundane allure of anonymous settings and the strange and silent waiting game of boredom and promise.
Hewicker's acrylic on canvas paintings take on a wide breadth of subject and styles from muted objects and abstracted figurations, to blurry landscapes and soft focus interiors. His new paintings concentrate on the empty low-resolution environments of bedrooms, bathrooms and various public and outdoor spaces emphasizing a compulsive ambiguity between public and private.
Cliff Hengst has shown at Gallery 16, SF; Mariella Arts, Milan; Test-Site, Austin,  TX; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, SF; Second Floor Projects, SF, and LACE, LA.
Scott Hewicker has shown at Jack Hanley Gallery, SF; Galleri Christina Wilson, Copenhagen; Deitch Projects NY, University Art Museum, Berkeley, CA; New Image Arts, LA and Second Floor Projects, SF. He co-curated the exhibition, Hauntology at the Berkeley Art Museum with Lawrence Rinder in 2010.
Hengst and Hewicker will collaborate on a performance piece during the opening. They have previously collaborated together for the book, Good Times, Bad Trips published by Gallery 16 Editions in 2007. This is both artists debut show for the gallery.