The Fourth Wall

For immediate release.

Rebecca Kaufman, Memorized Emotions, 2018
Rebecca Kaufman, Analytical Mind, 2018

"Kaufman is well on her way to giving op art a second wind." -Matt Gonzalez, Juxtapoz

The Fourth Wall is pleased to present Memorized Emotions, paintings and books by Bay Area artist, Rebecca Kaufman. Kaufman’s abstract works use the repetitive imagery found in analog video "glitches" and digital technologies in order to challenge perception and attention.

“A vast majority of people now prefer text messages to real-life interactions, indicating the extent to which social and personal disassociation is the new normal in a visual world where images on screens have become more compelling than objects in the real world. The slow, methodical process of painting exists in stark contrast to our rapid image consumption rates.

In collaboration with analog video synthesis technology, I collapse and expand time, exploring optical anomalies through traditional painting. My paintings reflect the dissociative realities and the somatic experience of the screen and its ability to launch us into a hypnotic trance. The work demands a continued engagement between the eyes and the body, much like the addictive technologies we rely on today.”

Rebecca Kaufman, Presence > Presents, 2019

Rebecca Kaufman is a visual artist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She works in various mediums, including painting, printmaking, video, textiles, zines, and books. Kaufman earned an MFA from San Francisco Art Institute where she was awarded an MFA Fellowship, a Cadogan Scholarship, and an Outstanding Graduate Student Award. In 2018, she was nominated for a SECA award. Her work has been exhibited internationally and nationally, including exhibitions at Artists' Television Access, SOMArts Cultural Center, the Diego Rivera Gallery, and Root Division in San Francisco, Archivi Della Misericordia in Venice, Italy, the Collective Gallery in Denver, Colorado, and Mulberry Gallery in Richmond, Virginia. Recently, her work was published in the Pacific Coast Issue No. 133 of New American Paintings. Rebecca Kaufman's paintings and prints are included in public and private collections across the United States. She currently lives and works in East Oakland and teaches in San Francisco.

Mel Adamson, Redacted 3, 2018
Mel Adamson, Redacted 2, 2018

Concurrently in the hallway gallery, The Fourth Wall is pleased to present, Missing Information, paintings and works on paper by Oslo based artist, Mel Adamson.

The idea for the Redacted drawings came out of quick observational sketches made by Adamson in 2017-18 while watching video clips of politicians, historians, news anchors and journalists discussing the Mueller investigation in its early stages. “I felt helpless in the studio, with the exception of enjoying making horizontal lines on drawing paper and panel. The restrictions I set for myself in these line studies somehow created a containment and calm. I grew to accept the process if not for any creative high points, at least as reliable and perhaps to have control over something in a time when everything felt so out of control. Eventually these drawings started to relate to the idea of the files of Robert Mueller. Files with missing pieces of information, yet, piece by piece, his files began to tell a story.”

The show also includes a wall of fifteen oil on panel works from Adamson’s Elegy series. In these works she weaves subjects as varied as changes in the natural environment due to increasing temperatures, wars being fought with the use of military drones, and the excesses and falsehoods of the current presidency. Adamson explains, “More importantly, these paintings are compelled by my amazement at the connection between all things living, the idea that everything contains its opposite, and simply sitting with the sticky discomfort of not having answers.”

Mel Adamson, Elegy, 2018

Mel Adamson is an artist, originally from the Bay Area, now based in Norway. Her primary subjects are the figure and imagery that refers to elements in nature. For her, painting provides a way of looking at something from different perspectives, and works best when all senses are engaged, where touch informs sight, and listening aids looking. Adamson received her MFA from the University of California at Berkeley where she was awarded the San Francisco Foundation Jack and Gertrude Murphy Fine Arts Fellowship. She has exhibited locally and internationally, including Hackett Freedman Gallery in San Francisco, 1st Street Gallery, Humboldt State University, Berkeley Art Center, Richmond Art Center, and H12 Gallery, croquis utstillinger, Oslo, Norway. Her paintings are included in public and private collections in the US and Europe. Adamson has taught at San Jose State University, California College of the Arts, and Stanford University. She lives in Oslo, Norway and also maintains a studio in Richmond, California.