The Fourth Wall

From the Studio

From the Studio V

Mel Adamson and Alexandra Uchida

July 20: The Fourth Wall is pleased to present our fifth online exhibition in the ongoing series, From the Studio. The current show combines paintings by two artists who straddle the line between abstraction and figuration. Mel Adamson has roots as a figurative painter but, in recent years, her work has veered toward a spare, evocative abstraction. Alexandra Uchida had been working non figuratively for several years but, following a traumatic accident, started painting dead flowers.

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Mel Adamson, Clinched 1, 2020, oil on linen, 50x40cm
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Alexandra Uchida, Head, 2019, oil on canvas, 10x8in.
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Alexandra Uchida, The Ailing Mallard, 2019, oil on canvas, 5x7in.
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Mel Adamson, For the Trees 2, 2020, oil on linen, 20cmx25cm

“…in erasing and rubbing back and in the absence of marks I begin to find presence on the canvas, and, in the absence of subject matter a feeling of clarity begins to emerge. It seems that it is only through throwing out the picture that the picture becomes visible.” – Mel Adamson

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Mel Adamson, Blinds 1, 2019, oil on linen, 25x20cm
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Alexandra Uchida, Fray, 2019, oil on canvas, 8x10in.
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Alexandra Uchida, Dust, 2019, oil on canvas, 8x10in.
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Mel Adamson, Semifore 5, 2020, oil on linen, 30x40cm
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Mel Adamson, Stack 1, 2020, oil on linen, 70x100cm
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Alexandra Uchida, Narcissus’ Doorstep, 2019, oil on canvas, 10x8in.

“My abstraction series had petered out after a fateful trip to New York where I was hit by a car. And that was a few hours after seeing the Giacometti show no less, whose miniature sculptures of Sartre and De Beauvoir only added to the existential atmosphere. I couldn’t get excited by the soft pinks and lovely yellows of a fresh bouquet but after a couple of days of painting the same setup, the flowers started to lose their youth. That’s when they captured my interest.” – Alexandra Uchida

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Alexandra Uchida, A Nod to Albert York, 2020, oil on canvas, 12x9in.
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Mel Adamson, Suspended 1, 2020, oil on linen, 50x40cm
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Mel Adamson, Threesome, 2020, oil on linen, 50x40cm
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Alexandra Uchida, Five Moments, 2020, oil on linen, 10x8in.
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Alexandra Uchida, Until the Frost, 2019, oil on canvas, 16x12in.
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Mel Adamson, Over 3, 2017, oil on panel, 30cmx40cm
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Mel Adamson, Over here 1, 2019-20, oil on linen, 25x30cm
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Alexandra Uchida, Pending, 2020, oil on canvas, 10x8in.
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Alexandra Uchida, Untitled, 2020, oil on canvas, 10x8in.
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Mel Adamson, Semifore 3, 2019, oil on linen, 20x25cm
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Mel Adamson, Semifore 4, 2020, oil on linen, 50x60cm
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Alexandra Uchida, Alms, 2019, oil on canvas, 10x8in.

About the Artists

Mel Adamson is a painter currently working both figuratively and non-figuratively. Her sources of inspiration range from everyday events to time spent in nature. 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. 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. Adamson lives in Oslo, Norway. She is originally from Berkeley, CA and maintains a studio in Richmond, California.

Alexandra Uchida is a Bay Area artist who grew up in working class Southern California neighborhoods. The often industrial nature of her surroundings, sometimes lacking exposure to nature, led to a gentle rebellion against conventional beauty. Her current work seeks to memorialize flowers in their withering and unlovely last days. Uninterested in the conventional language of flowers, her work is often informed by darker, more despairing themes in flower-related literature. Alexandra currently lives and works in San Jose, California.