Subtle Body Drawing (Drawing #4), 10” x 12”, acrylic ink, pencil, and colored pencil on paper, 2011

A Variety of Fits new paintings & drawings by Adam Grossi

Reception: Friday, April 8th, 6–9 pm
Daytime hours: Wednesday & Thursday, April 6th and 7th, 12–5 pm

Johalla Projects
1561 North Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, IL 60622

A Variety of Fits is an exhibition of new paintings and drawings by Adam Grossi. Grossi’s work is a soft, fleshy underbelly to normative culture’s rational exoskeleton. Through the prisms of mundane objects – piles of t-shirts, rolling clouds, and suburban fashion models – the disparate works in this exhibition cohere into a fractured vision of what it feels like to cloak one’s consciousness in the pleasantries of normalcy.

Adam Grossi is an artist who relies heavily on images and words, which usually take shape as paintings and texts, though occasionally become other things. He hails from Reston, Virginia, one of the country’s first suburban environments to manifest from the utopian spirit of “new town” development. The triumphs and failures of Reston’s intentional landscape have formed a kind of locus for his creative practice, which relies on reading, interpreting, and reconfiguring the meaning embedded in the conventions and rhetoric of American middle-class culture. Adam received his BFA from Carnegie Mellon in 2003 and his MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2009.

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