The Fourth Wall


Mel Adamson and Alexandra Uchida

From the Studio 5

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.

View the entire From the Studio series: 1.Manuel Angeja and Devon McKnight, 2.Victoria May and Nancy Youdelman, 3.Kim Bennett and Carrie Lederer, 4.Sydney Cohen and Carlo Ricafort, 5.Mel Adamson and Alexandra Uchida, and 6.Zach Bohny and Vered Gersztenkorn.

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.

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