Artist Adam Daley Wilson Pop PopCon Conceptual Art

Conceptual Artist, Popcon Artist, and Pop Art Artist in San Francisco, California

Artist Adam Daley Wilson Pop PopCon Conceptual Art

Conceptual Artist, Popcon Artist, and Pop Art Artist in San Francisco, California

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Artist's Statement:

After 20 years as a painter and sculptor, I began focused experimental projects as to both process and substance in 2011, exploring blends of Pop and Conceptual Art. The nuclear question of these explorations was this: Should art make you think? Or should it just look pretty on your wall? As my experiments continued, my art took the former position, not the latter --- through a process that created blunt, austere, minimalist works juxtaposing language to offer intellectually valid yet rebellious and insurrectionary statements --- not cliches --- on American society, culture, and politics.

Immediately recognizable, my process is my language, my juxtapositions, my statement, and my composition. With words that are electrically charged in our society, my works are, upon first view, open to incongruity, different meanings, several permutations, and multiple interpretations across the spectrum of intellectual thought. And then, even when the work snaps together for the viewer, the viewer is *still* required to think, as many of my works are purposely ambiguous, forcing the viewer to get off the bench, make a personal decision, and take a personal stand.

Artistically, although they appear straightforward, the works are the result of dozens and sometimes hundreds of hours of experimentation and revision with the constituent parts to achieve both the illusion of simplicity and the symmetry and balance required to communicate multiple meanings in a rigid quadrilateral form and rectangular grid.

Linguistic conceptualism, post-conceptualism, abstraction, and ready-made stenciling all have a rich art history and intellectual history --- Christopher Wool, Ed Ruscha, Barbara Kruger, Jenny Holzer, Bruce Nauman, and Lawrence Weiner; works of the Cubists, Futurists, and Constructivists; Picasso, Jasper Johns, and Francis Bacon --- many of whom reference all the way back to Duchamp. With profound gratitude to these masters for inspiration, I am committed to experiment and evolve, striving not to just depict words as images, and not to just depict the current zeitgeist, but instead to create works that hold brutally honest mirrors to our culture, society, and politics --- investigating, and recording, the possible truths of who we are, where we are, and, perhaps, why we are.

  • Work
    • Modern Art Adam Daley Wilson
  • Education
    • Stanford Law School
    • University of Pennsylvania