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Finding Balance - retro-palm-springs-handstand Collage

Adam Collier Noel

United States

Collage, Paper on Canvas

Size: 60 W x 36 H x 1.5 D in

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This piece is from my ongoing series about finding balance. It was created with a photo transfer of an original snapshot of a man doing a handstand on the beach over a base collage of vintage paper and paint. The piece is finished with a thin layer of resin coated with matte varnish. The surface has an appearance similar to encaustic wax. I have had a relationship to the handstand from an early age. As a young boy I have vivid memories of my neighbor walking on his hands from one end of his expansive yard to the other. I was mesmerized and impressed by this display of physical mastery and endurance as the neighborhood kids cheered him on. In elementary school I was involved in gymnastics and was chosen to demonstrate a handstand for the physical education bulletin board outside the gymnasium. The gym teacher captured my handstand in profile using a Polaroid camera. It depicted the slight bend in my back and street clothes consisting of untucked shirttails and black hightop Reeboks with dangling purple laces. As a child I felt like somewhat of a celebrity having my name and image on the board and found a way to pass by the photo several times a day. Now as an adult I continue to demonstrate my balancing abilities in my yoga practice. The yoga pose Adho Mukha Vrksasana, better known as Handstand, is an epic feat of strength, grace, courage, and beauty and is very difficult to master. These pieces ultimately represents my precarious artistic and emotional journey into an uncharted chapter of my life. Traveling from point A to point B can be a defining journey full of ‘handstand’ moments in which we attempt great feats of strength where we find harmony, instability or both.

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Collage:Paper on Canvas

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:60 W x 36 H x 1.5 D in

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Throughout his education Adam Collier Noel worked to combine diverse materials and techniques with various photographic processes. ​The subject matter incorporated into the artwork is often appropriated from his extensive collection of one-of-a-kind antique daguerreotypes and mid-century snapshots. Each photograph in his acquisition is chosen because of its ability to simultaneously mirror intimate and universal facets of the human experience. “In a day and age when we are constantly being bombarded with immeasurable amounts of new imagery, I have chosen to create new art forms using vintage photographs that have been forgotten, lost or disregarded. This ambiguous, yet familiar collection of snapshots I have assembled traverses universal cultural themes such as nature, science, history and the physical form. My photography-based mixed media artwork relies heavily on the appropriation of these found images and their relationship to the contemporary world through the lens of popular culture.” Employing a combination of technological and traditional processes in his paper-based creations gives Adam Collier Noel the opportunity to reinterpret the original history of the found image through an enhanced narrative. His inspiration is derived from the meaning inherent in the found images, as well as the materials with which he pairs them. Blue prints, letters of correspondence, receipts, book pages, etc. are often layered with the photographs to reflect the importance of paper as a transcript of human history and a place where ideas are written and discoveries are documented. Building upon the rich history of the image creates a transcendence of time and a revitalization of the past, “Much of my work is about optics, ways of seeing and the grand tradition of photography. By appropriating and repurposing found images I give them a new life and a new narrative. I have often expressed that I may not necessarily be the photographer of these relics, but through my artistic interpretation I feel I am their curator.” Recently, Adam Collier Noel traded representational imagery for bold abstraction in a new series of colorful paintings. Using his familiar grid composition, Noel explores formal compositional elements and color theory applications to achieve a rhythmic balance pleasing to the eye. He explains, “The grid has always been a consistent element throughout my artwork. It is a way of bringing order to chaos and organization to disarray.

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