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Comment: FM. By Adams, Lisa, introduction and text, 1998 Peeps' Island Press, Venice, CA. ISBN 0966943406.55pgs, illustrated (striking color plates. ) Exhibition catalogue for a show of Los Angeles painters who studied with Lisa Adams at the Santa Monica College of Design, Art and Architecture. Foreword by Mat Gleason. Soft cover FINE, 2 lbs.
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Lisa Adams is an internationally acclaimed painter and a recipient of a 1996 Fulbright Senior Scholar Award and the creator of a BMW ArtCar. Her work is in the collections of Eli Broad and the Frederick R. Weissman Museum of Art. She was a recent artist-in-residence at the Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art in Helsinki and will be representing the United States at the World Design City Gifu 2000 in Gifu prefecture in Japan. She has taught at the University of Southern California, the Claremont Graduate University and the University of California, Riverside. Her work can also be seen at the Patricia Correia website.

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From Chapter 8: Material From The "99 Cent Only" Store

You were asked to collect ten items that resonate with you from the 99 Cent Only stores and then to write an essay on your experience and on your relationship to the items. Now for the painting.

Since the time of Duchamp, one could legitimately use any ready-made object and contextualize it into art by intending its function to be "art" and/or by literally placing it in an art world framework. But if we can agree that art does not seek to mimic or represent at this point in history, then we have to ask ourselves why it is that we cannot not just use or represent these appropriated objects per se and call them art? For me, it's not enough to know that there is some interface between art and life. My focus is on a far more sublime understanding of this connection.

There is a brilliant passage in Arthur C. Danto's "Transfiguration of the Commonplace" (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1981) that I would like to quote here:

".... say the Polish Rider of Rembrandt was not painted at all but is the result of someone's having dumped lots of paint in a centrifuge, giving the contrivance of a spin, and having the result splat onto the canvas, 'just to see what would happen.' And what happened is that by a kind of statistical miracle, the paint molecules disposed themselves in such a way as to produce something to all outward appearances exactly like one of the deepest paintings of one of the deepest artists in the history of the subject. Now the question is whether, knowing this fact, we are prepared to consider this randomly generated object a work of art."

Might this be an argument for transformation?

Think about the premise from which you operate, aspects of literalness or transfiguration in your work, your relationship to aesthetics, metaphor and expression. These are big issues that cannot be addressed in a single painting. But I am hoping that you can create one or more paintings with an awareness of such new, expanded limits. You will be asked to present sketches and ideas about your process from class to class.


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  • Paperback: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Peeps' Island Press; First Edition edition (September 1, 1999)
  • ISBN-10: 0966943406
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966943405
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Nesselle on May 9, 2000
In this day and age where what seems to make it in this worldis that and those people who conform to the do's and don'ts ofcorporate America, or perhaps I ought say america with a small"a", FM is a most refreshing change that renews my belief that there are still original thinkers out there making personal and important statements that are not only artistic, but personal, cultural, politically relevant, psychologically astute and desperately needed. It is hard to hold onto the hope that individuals can grow up in this world, develop and hold onto and feel good about an authentic sense of self - so kudo's to Lisa Adams for creating this book, and for those whos work appears. I am always impressed by the work of Lauren Hartman who seems to really have found a path to her authentic self - may she never lose that, and may this book inspire others to find theirs.
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