#TBT: FoMAC Gallery Night

Thank you, everyone, for giving so much of themselves during the FoMAC Gallery Night last week. It was an honor to share my work and thoughts during the tour of my exhibition at The Golden Triangle

A special thank you to Organic Life for sponsoring the catering, your contribution and artful presentation were greatly appreciated.

Sketchbook Issue No. 6: Tantra

 
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new year new work

 

My new focus is on the medium of paint exclusively.

I developed a set of new vocabularies while exploring the Wabi Sabi series, 

which I am applying to my alternate bodies of work.

Below is a glimpse into the inspiration and development of the TANTRA SERIES.

 

series exploration

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new works

 Acrylic on canvas. 48" x 108"

Acrylic on canvas. 48" x 108"

 
 Acrylic on canvas. 50" x 73"

Acrylic on canvas. 50" x 73"

 

tantric inspiration

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tantra in situ

 Private collection.  Gold Coast.

Private collection. Gold Coast.

 
 Private collection.  Lincoln Park.

Private collection. Lincoln Park.

 
 Private collection.  Winnetka.

Private collection. Winnetka.

 

recent exhibition

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  Verso  by Adam Siegel, 9"h x 14"w, 17th century unique manuscript, pencil and ink.  SOLD    

Verso by Adam Siegel, 9"h x 14"w, 17th century unique manuscript, pencil and ink. SOLD

 

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The exhibition features the work of The Arts Club’s visual artist members, and continues The Arts Club’s long-standing tradition of, and commitment to, furthering the arts. Included in this exhibition will be locally, nationally, and internationally esteemed artists, working in a wide variety of media and a breadth of historical influences.

The Arts Club of Chicago, established in 1916, was founded with the mission to expand the artistic horizons of a public interested in the arts and related activities, and maintains its public galleries, free of admission, to that purpose. Since its inception, and as a part of its mission, The Arts Club membership has included both professional artists and lay members. Throughout its history, The Arts Club has produced significant exhibitions of artists such as Pablo Picasso, Constantin Brancusi (installed by Marcel Duchamp), Jackson Pollock, Alexander Calder, Auguste Rodin, Peter Doig, John Baldessari, David Hockney, Sigmar Polke, Maya Lin, and Chris Ofili.

The Arts Club of Chicago is located at 201 East Ontario Street, on the southeast corner of St. Clair and Ontario Streets. Exhibitions are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday- Friday 11:00 am – 6:00 pm, and Saturday 11:00 am – 3:00 pm.

 

in review

Art Basel Miami is one of the most anticipated shows of the year for me -- and not only to escape Chicago's brutal weather!  I am inspired by much of the work exhibited.

It's always very interesting to me when artists reinvent their work and Keltie Ferris is a great example. She is a large scale abstract painter known for her powerful canvases charged with color. Around 2014, however, she took up a new approach: she began coating her body in linseed oil, using her body as a brush. Then, she layered deposits of color pigment overtop. These works filled her last show at Mitchell-Innes & Nash in 2015.

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select press

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  Boar's Head II,  Mixed media on canvas, 64 x 84 inches

Boar's Head II, Mixed media on canvas, 64 x 84 inches

Entering  the expansive Golden Triangle on a sunny fall morning, I was struck not only by the abundance of exotic antiques from far-flung reaches of the globe but also by a pair of contemporary, large-scale paintings flanking the showroom entrance. The patinaed antiques were typical examples of the historic objects the Golden Triangle is known for sourcing from around the world, but they were enhanced by the relatable juxtaposition of old and new art. I was curious to learn more about the paintings as well as how so many of them, as I would soon see, came to be in this unique space. The long story of decades of technical experiments and evolving philosophies would come from the very talkative artist Adam Siegel, and Doug Van Tress, co-owner of The Golden Triangle. Following is a transcript of our interview from October 2017. –GV

 
  Cones Series,  Acrylic on canvas, 48 x 72 inches

Cones Series, Acrylic on canvas, 48 x 72 inches

excerpt from the article:

CGN: People have to be inspired to go see things in person. You need to come up with new ways to do that, and that may mean putting people physically together in a new space, so that they are not alone with a virtual image. You can’t understand the three-dimensional aspect of a setting and the spatial relationship through a screen.
 
Adam: This is the antithesis of seeing something on your phone. You hit it on the nose. This show is an aggressive invitation to be able to go back and actually see paintings in ways that people used to see in the 16th century, when you’d walk through a church and see a Giotto, and stained glass, and all in the context of an amazing cathedral. Today, you’d see a hundred people around you, just scrolling away on a screen, or aiming to take the right Instagram photo. How can you really connect with that? People need to be allowed to sit with art and understand its context.

CGN: It’s different to be in a place.
 
Adam: Things look different at home than in a gallery setting. I tell people, “[This painting] is different in the summer and in the fall. It’s different in the morning, afternoon, and evening. It’s different when there’s humidity out, there are clouds out.’ Paintings that have layers, they’re like living beings. You take something home and all of the sudden it’s a real work of art. It starts creating an environment.

 

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Photo Credit: Mary Carol Fitzgerald

MEET ADAM

Today we’d like to introduce you to Adam Siegel.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Adam. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there. I was fortunate enough to be raised within a family which lived and breathed the arts both architectural as well as fine arts. My father was hired to head up the new program for the Bauhaus photography department at the Institute of Design. Thus it was not uncommon to engage with the great architects and artists of the times at the dining room table- Saul Bellow, Harry Callihan, Larry Booth, and Edward Westin. I learned from monitoring these creative exchanges that to be in the arts was best facilitated by an embrace of both courage and humility. With photography in my veins I had immediate artistic commercial success with large-scale experimental photography early on in my career and from there I took a blind leap into painting. I synthesized and integrated my personal experience of living in Japan for a couple of years integrating those experiences into a personal aesthetic that fused both east and west and contemporary and historical. My library echoes my trajectory focusing on both European and Asian rare books from the mid- 1600’s to the early 1800’s. These visual treasures provide fertile breeding grounds for my evolving bodies of work.
 

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?  I don’t think a life in the arts is meant to be a smooth road. There’s a bump every time a blank canvas is staring at you. That’s why I’ve chosen this path. It’s because of the constant challenges that keep me excited about the next creative environment. I’ve always found that the most challenging space is to focus all my energies on what is essential and whether or not the work is relevant beyond my own sphere. The most challenging aspect of being an artist has been how to disengage from the process long enough that I can restore myself before I return to my creative world. 

 
 

 
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The Evolving Zen of Artist Adam Siegel | Chicago Gallery News Interview

 
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The Evolving Zen of Artist Adam Siegel

BY GINNY VAN ALEYA

Entering the expansive Golden Triangle on a sunny fall morning, I was struck not only by the abundance ofexotic antiques from far-flung reaches of the globebut also by a pair of contemporary, large–scale paintings flanking the showroom entrance. The patinaed antiques were typical examples of the historic objects the Golden Triangle is known for sourcing from around the world, but they were enhanced by the relatable juxtaposition of old and new art. I was curious to learn more about the paintings as well as how so many of them, as I would soon

see, came to be in this unique space. The long story of decades of technical experiments and evolving philosophies would come from the very talkative artist Adam Siegel, and Doug Van Tress, co-owner of the Golden Triangle. Following is a transcript of our interview from October 2017.  –GV

 
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CGN/Ginny: So how did this partnership come to be? Adam, I see so many of your new works installed throughout the Golden Triangle. There must be 30.

Adam Siegel: Doug Van Tress and I have been kind of watching each other – culturally – from a distance for a while. Jill Maremont, who is the founder of the River North Design District, launched this idea of embedding artists into the design district with an annual Gallery Walk event. She suggested a partnership for me with Doug and The Golden Triangle and said that I should first bring a few paintings over to show Doug. And I’m like, ‘That sounds incredible.’

I don’t do anything in a small way, and I’ve never really had to work in an environment where someone told me I couldn’t do something. When someone gives me an opportunity I just go at it, 100%. I showed up at Doug’s in 2016 with a semi-truck, initially with 26 paintings, I was supposed to have six, and they were just supposed to be kind of leaning, for instance, in the foyer. It was all going to be smaller and no one was going to have to move anything. That is what they anticipated.

CGN: But you thought, ‘I know Doug has this huge space with all these rooms.’ Adam: Right! And he has no clue that I’m just thinking, ‘This is amazing.’
Doug Van Tress: Adam came with some very big paintings.

Adam: But Doug just said, ‘I like it.’ And I told them there were a lot more. Next, Chauwarin Tuntisak, Doug’s partner here [at Golden Triangle], says, ‘Okay, bring another.’ Finally, after five works, he just said, ‘Okay Adam, just empty the truck. I’m not going to look. I’m going to walk away and just do it.’ So, for our first show I ended up bringing another four or five paintings in, and it was kind of by the seat of our pants. That night we almost sold out the show.

CGN: So, now you’re into your second year of partnership.

Adam: Yes, this show ends in March 2018. When we started this exhibition, just knowing that I was going to show here again allowed me to start developing the Wabi Sabi Series, which is a series that takes an enormous amount of time to put together and develop. They’re designed to look like they just kind of floated together somehow, but the background that nobody will ever know is that I spent years in my studio investigating materials and technologies to marry this kind of historical and modern sensibility. This happens to be one of the elements that makes this work so compelling in setting for me. You can walk in and see a 200 year-old mask, or a 18th century European lamp, and then my contemporary paintings; it’s the classical and contemporary fused together and, ironically, that’s what’s happening in my studio.

This partnership has afforded me this ambitious vision to come in here and take control. Once again, I came in and Doug and Chauwarin said, ‘Okay, Adam, let it happen.’

Doug: We definitely don’t just lie on our backs here. We seek things out for the space. We travel the world seeking beauty and see a lot of amazing art but we just really relate to Adam’s work.

Adam: There’s a conversation. I sat down with them and I said, “You know, I think what makes this potentially compelling to the world is that we’re so used to having these platforms for what a gallery showing is. You walk in, you look at the four walls, you see the paintings, you get a reading of that, and that’s your experience. We tend to associate the art now with that measure of experience. That’s the archetype of how we see art in the city.

Doug: And there may be a statement from the artist or gallerist, who tries to fluff up what you’re looking at.

Adam: Right, which usually takes longer than looking at the art.

Doug: Don’t get the wrong idea, but it’s lame.

Adam: You go to museums and people are just reading everything. I grew up in Chicago when the Museum of Contemporary Art was first a very adventurous institution. One of their original shows was called the Paper Show, you’d walk into the institution and everybody wore paper slippers, there were glass hallways, you’d walk above things, things were made out of paper. This city and its perspective of art is very organic, and my feeling was that to bring my paintings in context to a space like this, they have to have sympathetic motifs and origins in terms of using this very contemporary perspective. The understanding is historical, but there’s more relevancy for work that can actually walk both lines at the same time.

Doug: We do have a description posted of the Wabi Sabi series that Adam has produced, so we have word power here too, but mainly the space is the catalogue - you’re walking through it.

Adam: Right, it’s an experience.


Doug: Each room was transformed by a painting. 

 Two-Tone Series, Acrylic on canvas, 66 x 162 inches

Two-Tone Series, Acrylic on canvas, 66 x 162 inches

CGN: Most showrooms don’t have individual rooms. Here, it’s a very real setting that mimics the home.

Adam: I’ve installed many works in private homes, and what I’ve tried to cultivate is this experience of watching rooms being transformed. Typically, clients will say, ‘I like these 4 or 5 paintings. Often, I’ll bring a couple of assistants into their home and we end up hanging 4 or 5 paintings in 10 different locations throughout the house. Coming into the Golden Triangle, I thought, it was like a museum, where each room offers up opportunities for different contextual spaces.

Doug: From our point of view, we love what it does to the rooms. Love it. Now, Adam doesn’t know this, but we’ve been buying contemporary paintings for a long time, but not a lot. I started actively buying oil paintings, mostly very old ones, in 2009. While in France at a show, I saw some stuff that I really liked, mostly from a color point-of-view ­– very old, blistered, ancient paintings – and I paired them with antiques, and they look great. We had just been playing with art a little bit, but not ever full out. We were not scared to mix some paintings in, but we had no clue that the space would be so transformed by Adam’s work.

CGN: I see a consistency in the rooms; you can see how the antique and the contemporary fit together as well as change each room.

Doug: Customers love it, including designers, but also average buyers – people who probably have some comfort level buying things on their own but when they see it rigged up like this, it makes it even better. So, we were a little bit prepared for the success, but not for this. Adam’s work is very persuasive.

CGN: Well, from the antiques side of things you’ve been in the business for a long time - close to 30 years. You have to evolve.

Doug: If you don’t evolve you end up in the fossil section of the museum.

CGN: I would say that’s part of bringing antiques and their relevance and livability into reality today. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing, just antiques or just contemporary.

Doug: This is selfish on my side. I love Adam’s work. I just like it, personally, but when his pieces are next to all my antiques I don’t have to explain that my antiques are relevant to modern life. All they need to do is just walk through. They absorb that message with no words, and that’s what art is. I’m very suspicious of art that needs a lot of words, because that’s literature. If I want literature, I’ll buy a novel. I like art that speaks for itself. Adam’s pieces are very powerful, they speak directly, and they go with our lives.

Adam: In Europe the idea of embedding fine art in high-end retail has been going on for a while –artists know that you can have a showing in a historical place that’s an accepted template. In Paris you can go to some really elite boutiques and there are contemporary artists who are showing work there. That’s something that Europe has picked up on but America is a little bit slower to do thus so far. It’s basically this idea of relevancy, of different mediums talking to each other, for instance fashion and art. This is now what you are seeing at The Golden Triangle. 

  Day Into Night I , Mixed media on canvas, 60 x 96 inches

Day Into Night I, Mixed media on canvas, 60 x 96 inches

CGN: People have to be inspired to go see things in person. You need to come up with new ways to do that, and that may mean putting people physically together in a new space, so that they are not alone with a virtual image. You can’t understand the three-dimensional aspect of a setting and the spatial relationship through a screen.

Adam: This is the antithesis of seeing something on your phone. You hit it on the nose. This show is an aggressive invitation to be able to go back and actually see paintings in ways that people used to see in the 16th century, when you’d walk through a church and see a Giotto, and stained glass, and all in the context of an amazing cathedral.

Today, you’d see a hundred people around you, just scrolling away on a screen, or aiming to take the right Instagram photo. How can you really connect with that? People need to be allowed to sit with art and understand its context.

CGN: It’s different to be in a place.

Adam: Things look different at home than in a gallery setting. I tell people, “[This painting] is different in the summer and in the fall. It’s different in the morning, afternoon, and evening. It’s different when there’s humidity out, there are clouds out.’ Paintings that have layers, they’re like living beings. You take something home and all of the sudden it’s a real work of art. It starts creating an environment.

CGN: Tell me what inspired the Wabi-Sabi paintings here.

Adam: For Wabi-Sabi, when I went to Oberlin College, I ended up in a seminary library one evening. I liked this community of people, and they were all going away to Japan the next year. So, I said to myself, ‘That sounds exciting,’ I ended up doing a 6-week Japanese intensive course, and next thing I know, I’m living in Japan for about a year studying at the Waseda University in Tokyo. I became friends with a photography dealer who had a home in Kyoto, and his spouse’s family owned the land that Ryoan-ji temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was built on. I became very familiar with what is called exquisite, aesthetic landscapes, and I had the opportunity to rake the Zen garden, which, is one of my life’s greatest honors. I bring it up because for me this piece embodies what it is to be in a Zen temple. The Wabi-sabi philosophical aesthetic is this idea of finding deep resonance and feeling embodied within humble materials. In some ways this work symbolizes the tension that’s in the [Golden Triangle], which is a mixture of both antique and modern. Certain works end up mimicking what’s happening in the rest of this store - contemporary and historical pushed together. Here, in Atlas, you see this whole experience and then all of the sudden your mind starts fighting to acquiesce, what is this grid, how does it all fit together? There is restraint and reverence, here I’m challenging the archetype of the dog.

CGN: This painting in the [Golden Triangle] entryway is of a dog’s head.

Adam: We look at dogs and we’re very familiar with them, but there’s like 25 billion dog paintings out there; it’s like Rembrandt painting an old lady. At the point when he did that, everybody had painted portraits, but it wasn’t relevant that he had painted portraits. What was relevant was his vision of a how people could be seen through the medium of paint. Rembrandt took the most common elements and elevated them. For me, I liked the idea of being able to take this shepherd type dog and have this rugged projection of something menacing and also in opposition a very warm, organic, earthy. To live with an image like this would, I think, give the viewer the opportunity to re-evaluate their relationship to these beings. 

  Atlas , Mixed media on canvas, 60 x 60 inches

Atlas, Mixed media on canvas, 60 x 60 inches

CGN: But you said this series is also meditative.

Adam: Yes. One of my series is called the Tantra series. It’s an opportunity for me to eliminate subject matter in order to focus on color exclusively. Here, color is a metaphor in some ways for a change in the temperature of your blood. When we are in environments, color literally changes our system and we secrete different chemicals in our brain – that’s why we look at sunsets and all these cascading chemicals are pumped out of our different organs. The Tantra series is an opportunity for me to think about the body and color as a metaphor of being in an emotional space.

CGN: You started to talk about technology andWabi-Sabi. How did the series come to be? Can you explain more about technology aspect?

Adam: On a trip to an old girlfriend’s country house in Wisconsin years ago I brought a stack of letters purchased from an antiques store written in Germany in the 1920’s. I get to this atrium in the house and open a letter up and it was written in Yiddish, which is a mostly dead, written language. I looked at it and out of nowhere I took a white candle, I drew a 3⁄4 profile of a woman’s face along the quadrant of the axis of the fold. Working blue watercolor over the wax drawing, a face emerged. That launched a 15-year run of works on paper called Works on Words, where I was interacting with antique manuscripts. That work hit a chord among a wide audience and the collecting community. While showing one year with the Thomas McCormick Gallery at Art Chicago we sold over 25 of these works. It was crazy I was running back to the studio at night making and framing these pieces and delivering them all in the morning in order to keep pace with the demand. After 15 years of developing these small collages, I eventually developed them larger in scale. Later on in the development of these works I began incorporating collage elements such as natural history - butterflies, birds, flowers, dogs, lions, tigers, and bears.

CGN: Was that a departure point for you, working with older materials?

Adam: I had never worked in collage before until I opened up those letters. I was working directly on paper, but never with pre-existing documents. What I was compelled by was this idea of not knowing what the language said and having the responsibility of how my images might be interpreted down the line.

At first the work was smaller in scale, and I began to think I could be more persuasive if I could make it larger. It took me 15 years to figure out how to do that. When I talk about technology, ultimately it was 15 years of me trying to figure out how to take something small and make it large and have it be infused with the same level of humility and humanity. Many people said, ‘Adam, you’ve got to give up,’ and I just hit roadblock after roadblock.

CGN: But you figured it out.

Adam: When I finally figured it out, it was a turning point. I realized I had everything I needed to make a grand, big piece, and I created this image of a boar’s head. I said to my wife, ‘Honey, I think I have something for our dining room,’ and she’s like, ‘Wow, that’s kind of intense. I love it, sure.’ But at that point I have art consultants coming through my studio, curators, some designers, and then all of the sudden, within a week, I had three people mention a new restaurant, Roister, and say I should show it to co-owner Nick Kokonas, whom I happened to know already. It’s a long story, but the piece (Boar’s Head) made it to the restaurant, where it still is. 

  Lobster II,  Mixed media on canvas, 84 x 84 inches

Lobster II, Mixed media on canvas, 84 x 84 inches

CGN: I hear you like to tinker with works even after they’re supposedly finished.

Adam: Yes, sometimes I like to go back in; often I am looking at a painting in my studio years later that I feel needs further development.

CGN: You mentioned that Boar’s Head is at Roister. There is another boar’s head painting here at Golden Triangle.

Adam: Yes, this painting has the same motif but is a very different painting. This particular work (Boar’s Head II) speaks about challenging archetypes.

CGN: I see it’s done on panels. What was your creative process?

Adam: It’s done on panels separately – there’s paper, charcoal and wax, ink and acrylic paint. So, for instance, I like layering different types of experiences within my work. These large gestures at the top of the painting are actually taken from my studio floor. When I’m painting, and paint is falling down and I’m slipping on it, they’ll then dry and I peel each one off like plastic. I actually bring the collage back into a work that’s so painterly.

CGN: Tell me about the historical references here.

Adam: People look at Chicago as a food city more than ever, right? We’ve gone from looking at a plate of food as something we eat to looking at it in terms of high examples of what a plate of food is in terms of a narrative. And for me, what I love is this idea of a story, of taking the idea of food as a motif. Take the tradition of looking at food to paint a still life – you have a basket with a cornucopia, with the fruit and the rabbits spilling out. This [lobster painting] is kind of a play on that, but it’s taking it in a kind of mad direction where the paint is spilling out, and the idea is there’s a reference between the idea of cooking and painting and abundance. It speaks to the historical process of creating a meal as well as creating a painting. It is a feast for the eyes, really. Imagine sauces washing all over the place – oil from cooking and from painting.

CGN: How closely related do you think art and food are to each other?

Adam: These works, they’re made sequentially, and what’s unique about collage is what’s important about cooking too. In cooking you can’t go backwards. You add something, and you taste it until it’s right. Or you start over. When you make the meal again you hope to have an understanding of what something will taste like based on how you understand your materials or ingredients. Just like tasting too much salt, too much vinegar, too much fat, too much sweet – collage has been a teaching mechanism for me to see that I know a piece is getting better. 

  Kimono II,  Acrylic on canvas, 60 x 48 inches

Kimono II, Acrylic on canvas, 60 x 48 inches

CGN: Where do you think your work is now, after several evolutions over the years, in scale, subject matter and technique?

Adam: This body of work is developing. Some of these paintings feel very relevant to me, because you’re never going to tire of them. I want painting to be reduced to its most essential core where it’s very personal and essential. Like being in the Zen rock garden, I’m trying to take humble materials and allow these very subtle things to ultimately have a voice and cultivate a metaphor for what it’s like to be alive. We can all be sad, angry and vulnerable, as well as inspired, transparent and resilient.

So, this series really hits people. It’s like a meditation on what’s essential in life.

CGN: Looking at this work (Kimono) everything is being turned on its head and moving downward. The butterflies aren’t flying up, they’re tumbling down. All together it's sinister, despite the individual elements of white paint, flowers and butterflies.

Adam: Right, exactly. We’ve inherited an evolutionary perspective, predisposing us to associate color with butterflies and flowers, so I took that archetype and inverted it. There is a literal gravity to it too. It’s not random to use gravity to describe darkness. My dad died when I was 19. I helped him through six months of cancer. Watching your dad die is horrible. There’s also some power that comes with that too. You realize that you have this inheritance. I had been given this gift to know that death is certain, and it kind of amps one’s appreciation of life. This painting is very much a reflection on this balance of what we hold in our lives simultaneously. For me it is an ideal, celebratory perspective. At the same time the bouquet of flowers are a lament, or a death march. I think if we hold these two perspectives, one of celebrating our own humanity and in opposition, our mortality, it can increase our appreciation for the gift of being alive.

CGN: You’re flipping the natural orientation as well as the colors.

Adam: Exactly, so here I’m taking two things that we’re wired to perceive and changing it up. Even if you’re 90, and you’ve had four drinks and you’re three sheets to the wind, you’re not looking at a rendered image. This says, ‘He’s still fucking with me.’ Here it’s dealing with luminance. Light into dark. As a painter to be able to walk both those lines is really powerful. I’m trying to draw people into a space where they are experiencing metaphors of our own environment and challenging the rudimentary nature of those archetypes.

• Adam Siegel’s work is on view at The Golden Triangle at 330 N Clark St. through March 31, 2018.

• Siegel’s work is part of the 88th Artist Member Exhibition at the Arts Club of Chicago, January 19-February 24, 2018. 

Thank you!

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My latest exhibition has been a lifelong journey and I am so grateful for everyone who has already taken the time to experience it. Wabi Sabi: Portraits in Evolution is on exhibition at The Golden Triangle for an extended length of time. There are 34 works in the series and I encourage everyone to stop by. I would love to provide you with a private, guided tour. Please contact me to make arrangements.

 

 
 Two Tone. 4' x 9'.

Two Tone. 4' x 9'.

 
 Two Tone. 4' x 9'. 

Two Tone. 4' x 9'. 

 
 Day Into Night Series II. 5' x 8'.

Day Into Night Series II. 5' x 8'.

 
 Atlas. 4' x 4' 

Atlas. 4' x 4' 

 
 Tantra Series II. 4' x 4'

Tantra Series II. 4' x 4'

 

 

RECENT PRESS

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New Exhibition Opening September 8

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on exhibit at
The Golden Triangle
330 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60654

Opening Reception
September 8th, 2017
Open house 4-8PM

Exclusive ticketed after-party from 8-10PM
Proceeds benefit The River North Design District

 
 
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Adam will premiere his new exhibition From the Wabi Sabi Series, Portraits in Evolution at The Golden Triangle. Adam's new work will be unveiled September 8th during an open house from 4-8PM

As a featured artist for the River North Design District (RNDD) Fall Gallery Walk, a special celebration and program is planned for the opening night of Adam's solo show in collaboration with Vosges and The Golden Triangle with an exclusive ticketed after-party from 8-10PM.  To attend please purchase your tickets in advance here, space is limited.  Proceeds benefit The River North Design District and support their programming throughout the year.

Adam Siegel's Sketchbook Issue No. 5

Save the date RNDD Fall Gallery Walk 2017
From the Wabi Sabi Series, Portraits in Evolution

July 2017: PURSUING WABI-SABI

On September 8th I will premiere my exhibition From the Wabi Sabi Series, Portraits in Evolution at The Golden Triangle. As a featured artist for the River North Design District (RNDD) Fall Gallery Walk a special celebration and program is planned for the opening night of my solo show in collaboration with Vosges and The Golden Triangle.  

My new work will be unveiled during an open house from 4-9PM September 8th with an exclusive ticketed after-party from 8-10PM.  To attend please purchase your tickets in advance here, space is limited.  Proceeds benefit The River North Design District and support their programming throughout the year.


ADAM SIEGEL:
From the Wabi Sabi Series, Portraits in Evolution

on exhibit at

The Golden Triangle
330 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60654

September 8th, 2017
Exclusive ticketed after-party from 8-10PM, $25. 
Proceeds benefit The River North Design District.


Since my last exhibition, I intensified my focus in the studio, developing distinctively refined techniques for a compelling new body of work: From the Wabi Sabi Series, Portraits in Evolution. Wabi-Sabi is a traditional Japanese concept of beauty passed down through generations. It is a vision of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete.  It is modest and humble. It is the allure of all things unconventional. Below is a glimpse into my journey in achieving Wabi-Sabi: 

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INSPIRATIONS. 
Last month I stole away to Italy with my family to experience le dolce vita and collected inspiration for my new works.

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RETROSPECTIVE.

Adam Siegel: Works on Words

Spertus Museum, Chicago
September 11, 1997 thru January 4, 1998

The Works on Words series, featured in my one man show at the Spertus Museum, is continually evolving in the privacy of the studio.

 
 

IN THE NEWS.
I've had the great honor to collaborate with so many talented individuals in the culinary and design worlds.  Congratulations to Roister on being featured in this past month's issue of Hospitality Design and in Chicago Magazine! It was an absolute pleasure to work with the team at 555 International on the installation of the Boar's Head piece. I'm flattered to have one of my works in this amazing restaurant and for 555 to feature it on their homepage.

Save the Date! RNDD Fall Gallery Walk 2017

RIVER NORTH DESIGN DISTRICT FALL GALLERY WALK 2017

For the third year, the River North District hosts its annual Fall Gallery Walk, a showcase that joins the art world’s rising stars with the city’s top designers, who will be creating vignettes inspired by their favorite featured artwork from the event. On September 8, festivities begin with the VIP kickoff party at Lightology and wrap with an after-party hosted by The Golden Triangle featuring artist Adam Siegel. Free; VIP/after-party tickets $25 each/$40 for both; rivernorthdesigndistrict.com

Adam Siegel's Sketchbooks Issue No. 4

March 2017: Spring Forward

Palimpsest Series

The Palimpsest series is a sustained exploration of the beauty and truth that is abundant in our natural world. The series reveals the simple and innate elegance of nature by magnifying historical observations and renderings within a contemporary context.

  wolf.  5'5" x 8'

wolf. 5'5" x 8'

  zeus.  5'8" x 4'6"

zeus. 5'8" x 4'6"

  duke.  5'7" x  4'8"

duke. 5'7" x  4'8"

  monkey.  7'4" x 4'9"

monkey. 7'4" x 4'9"

  lobster.  4'8" x 4'10"

lobster. 4'8" x 4'10"

To inquire about available works, please contact:  info@goldentriangle.biz


INSPIRATIONS. 
A small collection of inspiring moments captured through my lenses.


RETROSPECTIVE.
Last year I had the great pleasure and honor of incorporating the Palimpsest series into an unique dining experience that paired my art with the culinary genius of Alinea chef Grant Achatz.  The experience of The Progression [ a pop-up in Fulton Market ] that Grant created was about breaking boundaries in terms of texture, palette, and color.  My art is also about breaking boundaries. I created 24 unique works, including two large murals and a series titled Circular Moments.


IN THE NEWS.
I'm very pleased to be featured in the newly released 2017 Arts Guide, by Chicago Gallery News, which highlights the incredible art being produced this year in Chicago. This city is a cultural inspiration and I'm privileged to call it my home!



Adam Siegel's Sketchbooks Issue No. 3

2017: New + Refreshed

I'm thrilled to release a new collection of work added to my exhibition at the The Golden Triangle. My most recent works from the Ohm series are now on display.

New works Golden Triangle

The Ohm Series

the ohm series refers simultaneously to cellular, binary and planetary organizational systems. The main them explores and makes visual the idea of life's infinite abundance as seen through variation of a simple circular form.

  Acrylic on canvas. 3' x 3'

Acrylic on canvas. 3' x 3'

  Acrylic on canvas. 3' x 3'

Acrylic on canvas. 3' x 3'

  Acrylic on canvas. 3' x 3'

Acrylic on canvas. 3' x 3'

  Acrylic on canvas. 3' x 3'

Acrylic on canvas. 3' x 3'

  Acrylic on canvas. 4' x 4'

Acrylic on canvas. 4' x 4'

  Acrylic on canvas. 4' x 4'

Acrylic on canvas. 4' x 4'

To inquire please contact:  info@goldentriangle.biz


INSPIRATIONS. Hawaii. 

Photographs from my recent trip to Hawaii where I relaxed, refreshed, and collected inspiration for my Two Tone series of paintings.

the simple things
getting away
chasing a wave
hiding under an umbrella drinking
single barrel tequila

family

Hawaii. 2017.


HAPPENINGS.

I recently set up a new Facebook business page (because FaceBook says I am hitting the limit of friends on my personal profile!) so I can better connect with more clients, designers, and fans! Please follow and like my new page to stay current on new works and events happening both in and out of the studio! Link in the image below:


IN THE NEWS.

I'm delighted to share recent press placements in Hospitality DesignSophisticated Livingand Chicago Gallery News.




Adam Siegel's Sketchbooks Issue No. 2

ADAM SIEGEL AT ART BASEL 2016

Adam Siegel at Art Basel

Art Basel is a credential for collectors and curators alike.  Over the past decade, the art-fair scene has exploded on an international level as North America’s most anticipated fair.  Pictured above, Gemini G.E.L.'s booth at Art Basel, a favorite featuring work of artist Richard Serra


INSPIRATION COMES IN MANY FORMS

Adam visits Art Basel Miami Beach and fairs Design Miami, Context and Untitled.  Here's what's inspiring him now and why:


  Joel Shapiro at  Pace Gallery     Shapiro's reductive geometric forms are imbued with a humanized ethos that I find fascinating.

Joel Shapiro at Pace Gallery

Shapiro's reductive geometric forms are imbued with a humanized ethos that I find fascinating.


  Bill Traylor at  Carl Hammer Gallery                 Bill Traylor is my favorite artist of all time.  He walks the delicate line between abstraction and figuration with a timeless sensibility grounded in the most humble materials.                                                                                  

Bill Traylor at Carl Hammer Gallery           

Bill Traylor is my favorite artist of all time.  He walks the delicate line between abstraction and figuration with a timeless sensibility grounded in the most humble materials.                                                                                


  Lynne Woods at  Gallery Joe     Combining vintage papers with broken geometries is a shared love of mine.

Lynne Woods at Gallery Joe

Combining vintage papers with broken geometries is a shared love of mine.


  McArthur Binion at  Kavi Gupta     The written word acts as a "sgraffito" to form a palimpsest with the intentional grid on top.

McArthur Binion at Kavi Gupta

The written word acts as a "sgraffito" to form a palimpsest with the intentional grid on top.


  Jacob Hashimoto at  Mary Boone Gallery     Three dimensional forms fight to unify themselves on the picture plane animating a humble palette.

Jacob Hashimoto at Mary Boone Gallery

Three dimensional forms fight to unify themselves on the picture plane animating a humble palette.


  Blossom Stool  Louis Vuitton Objets Nomades  by Tokujin Yoshioka    A designer that acknowledges the truth of natural forms has a good chance of keeping his work timeless.

Blossom Stool
Louis Vuitton Objets Nomades
by Tokujin Yoshioka


A designer that acknowledges the truth of natural forms has a good chance of keeping his work timeless.


ADAM SIEGEL ART BASEL, ART INSTALLATION

 Artist Adam Siegel employing small geometries to narrative affect.

Artist Adam Siegel employing small geometries to narrative affect.

Adam Siegel Solo Show at The Golden Triangle

Adam Siegel exhibition at The Golden Triangle gallery
On exhibit for two months until December 10th

 29 new contemporary works in an 18,000 square foot environment at The Golden Triangle, a Chinese Colonial like mansion showcasing both contemporary and ancient works of art and furnishings.

29 new contemporary works in an 18,000 square foot environment at The Golden Triangle, a Chinese Colonial like mansion showcasing both contemporary and ancient works of art and furnishings.


Preview works here

Adam often gives patrons private tours, contact Adam for a private viewing

CONTACT


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330 NORTH CLARK STREET |  CHICAGO, IL 60654 |  P 312.755.1266

MON-FRI 10am-6pm  |  SAT 10am-5pm  |  SUN Closed


About The Golden Triangle: Originally a store for imported collectibles from Thailand, The Golden Triangle has since grown to an 18,000 square foot design destination. For more than 27 years, owners Douglas Van Tress and Chauwarin Tuntisak have hand selected vintage and modern furnishings from around the world. Assembled in curated vignettes, the store boasts an eclectic mix of Asian and European antiques, artifacts, lighting, and other accessories. From designers and trade professionals, to collectors and simply curious shoppers, The Golden Triangle welcomes all individuals with an interest in design and appreciation for beauty. Cultural events are regularly hosted by the store highlighting: global and local design, inspiring artisans, Eastern and Western art, philosophy, history, tradition, and new collections.

Website: www.goldentriangle.biz


  About Adam Siegel  Chicago artist Adam Siegel is nationally recognized for his breadth of work as an abstract painter and photographer. Fusing iconic forms with texturally rich color, Siegel constructs his large paintings and photographs in multiple layers that immerse the viewer into a meditative space.  Inspired by his personal collections of 18th century works including Japanese kimono designs, natural history illustrations, and quixotic manuscripts he uses new technology alongside collected imagery. His works bridge new to old, high to low, reverie to the achingly simple.  For more information and  Siegel's full bio  please visit, www.adamsiegel.com .

About Adam Siegel
Chicago artist Adam Siegel is nationally recognized for his breadth of work as an abstract painter and photographer. Fusing iconic forms with texturally rich color, Siegel constructs his large paintings and photographs in multiple layers that immerse the viewer into a meditative space.  Inspired by his personal collections of 18th century works including Japanese kimono designs, natural history illustrations, and quixotic manuscripts he uses new technology alongside collected imagery. His works bridge new to old, high to low, reverie to the achingly simple.  For more information and Siegel's full bio please visit,www.adamsiegel.com.

Adam Siegel Now at EXPO CHICAGO

Adam Siegel  |  EXPO CHICAGO
Preview Adam Siegel's new work now at EXPO Chicago through September 25th located across from booth #745

  Monkey.  Palimpsest Series

Monkey. Palimpsest Series

See more of Adam's work at his POP-UP EXHIBITION at The Golden Triangle, an 18,000 square foot showroom featuring an eclectic mix of Asian and European antiques, artifacts, lighting, and other accessories, now through December 9th


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The Golden Triangle
330 NORTH CLARK STREET |  CHICAGO, IL 60654 |  P 312.755.1266
MON-FRI 10am-6pm |  SAT 10am-5pm  |  SUN Closed

Preview works here

Adam Siegel selected to kick off the 2nd Annual River North Design District Fall Gallery Walk, September 9th at The Golden Triangle

Adam Siegel selected to kick off the 2nd Annual River North Design District Fall Gallery Walk, September 9th at The Golden Triangle.  On exhibit from September 9th thru December 9th. 

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Adam Siegel at The Golden Triangle


The River North Design District is kicking off their annual Fall Gallery Walk on Friday, September 9th 2016 at the Golden Triangle featuring new works by Adam Siegel.    The event’s host committee includes art enthusiasts and collectors Candace Jordan, Nina Mariana, Ignacio Valero, Aimee Wertepny and Donna Hall Mondi. 
 
The line up begins with a VIP Champagne kick off featuring artist Adam Siegel at The Golden Triangle at 5:30pm.  Please RSVP here, tickets are limited, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/vip-champagne-kick-off-party-for-rndds-fall-gallery-walk-tickets-26568055770


 Preview of Adam's work at The Golden Triangle

Preview of Adam's work at The Golden Triangle


The walk concludes with an after party hosted by Cambria at The Chopping Block, an open house from 8-10pm.  RSVP is required for the afterparty, space in limited.  RSVP Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rndd-fall-gallery-walk-after-party-hosted-by-cambria-tickets-25233717729

Each participating showroom will be exhibiting artwork created by some of the brightest stars in the art world today. Showrooms will have extended hours during the event until 9pm.  The works will be exhibited until December 9th.

Please visit https://rivernorthdesigndistrict.com/2016-fall-gallery-walk/ for more information.



A few photos of The Golden Triangle's fabulous space.

golden triangle installation

About The Golden Triangle: Originally a store for imported collectibles from Thailand, The Golden Triangle has since grown to an 18,000 square foot design destination. For more than 27 years, owners Douglas Van Tress and Chauwarin Tuntisak have hand selected vintage and modern furnishings from around the world. Assembled in curated vignettes, the store boasts an eclectic mix of Asian and European antiques, artifacts, lighting, and other accessories. From designers and trade professionals, to collectors and simply curious shoppers, The Golden Triangle welcomes all individuals with an interest in design and appreciation for beauty. Cultural events are regularly hosted by the store highlighting: global and local design, inspiring artisans, Eastern and Western art, philosophy, history, tradition, and new collections.

Website: www.goldentriangle.biz

Open Studio Night | Collaboration with the Cara Program

Open Studio Night
Collaboration with The Cara Program.

On June 22nd, 220 people gathered to preview Adam Siegel's new work.  Adam is delighted to be partnering with Cara*.  A portion of proceeds will be donated to the program for the entire month of July.  Special thanks to our host committee: Carrie Lannon, Debi Lilly, Bonnie Wise, Meghan Vietti, Randy Rivera, Seth Darmstadter, Bridget McDermott, Alexi + Jo Giannoulias and all who attended. If you were not able to make the event, Please visit www.adamsiegel.com or contact Adam to schedule a private studio visit, adam@adamsiegel.com

 

Adam Siegel and Tony Karman

Adam Siegel with Tony Karman

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*A portion of sales for the entire month of July will go to Cara – helping adults affected by homelessness and poverty to access hope, jobs and opportunity.  Cara was named by Chicago Magazine as one of the city’s Top 20 Standout NonProfits to Support this Season for 2015 and was selected as the 2015 Social Innovator by the Chicago Innovation Awards.  Please visit, thecaraprogram.org to learn more.


Connect.
Adam would love to see you on Instagram, give him a follow at @adamsiegel_artist


Recent Press.
 

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