Adam Jaye Mickey Porter

 

My work is a confluence of aggregate fantasies, altered materials from LGBTQ archives, and reflections of distorted desire – exploring the drawn mark and printed image while taking cues about phenomenology from the California Light & Space movement. The final image is arrived at through chance and revision; a series of responses to initial marks, appropriated images, glitched materials and welcomed happenstance. Working through multiple media, a disarray of visual information is synthesized together, put through filters of drawing, digital media, traditional printmaking, and new-media fabrication. I strive to create images that reframe gritty nightlife aesthetics, a serene pandemonium where linear narrative dissolves and abstraction solidifies. Elements culled from defunct gay bars, optical patterns, and digital moires create political and phenomenological effects blending history and fantasy together.

For the work included in this application I have been reworking scanned materials I’ve collected from largely two archives, the Gerber Hart Library in Chicago and the USC One Archive & Library in Los Angeles. I’ve been attracted to using old LGBTQ materials for many reasons. One as a way of learning about the past, as a way of seeing how a subculture communicated outside of the mainstream methods of communication. I’ve also been intrigued and enjoyed the amateur or bad design elements in a lot of old printed matter from local clubs and bars. By re-working the source material I engage in a willful suspension of disbelief – simultaneously stepping back in time but also imagining a hypothetical queer future. I sometimes imagine my drawings/prints as posters in a futuristic gay bar when the light of the disco ball strikes them just right. My work has also been exploring phenomenological effects, delving into use of patterns, optical color, reflective surfaces, and probing the difference between a static and moving image. In this way, I’ve created a feedback loop in my work, where my video work informs my drawings and vice versa. I think my work becomes strongest when it is at it’s most cannibalistic and dissolves the boundaries between media.

 

Education

Rhode Island School of Design – Masters of Fine Arts in Printmaking – 2014-2016

Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design – Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing – 2007-2011

Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design – Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking – 2007-2011

 

Selected Exhibitions:

2019 IPCNY “Pulled in Brooklyn” – New York, NY

2019 University of Wisconsin “26th National Print Exhibition” -Parkside, WI

2019 Indianapolis Art Center “Pushing Paper” – Indianapolis, IN

2018 Good JuJu Gallery “Bo Ju Ju” – Evergreen, CO

2016 NARS Foundation “The Glare” – Brooklyn, NY

2016 Rhode Island School of Design “Graduate Thesis Show” – Providence, RI

2016 Brown University – Granoff Center “Still/Static” Two Person Show – Providence, RI

2016 Rabbit Hole “SPRUNG” – Brooklyn, NY

2016 Gelman Gallery – “Prisoners Cinema” – Providence, RI

2016 Columbia College “37th Annual Paper in Particular National Exhibition” – Columbia, MO

2016 Rhode Island School of Design 505 Gallery – “Lasting Impressions” – Providence, RI

2016 8th International Printmaking Biennial of Douro – Alijó, Portugal

2015 Extra Credit Gallery – “Flare(air)” Two Person Show – Providence, RI

2015 Central Academy of Fine Arts – RISD Printmaking Showcase – Beijing, China

2015 Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition “Black & White” Brooklyn, New York

2015 Sol Koffler – RISD “Spring : Printmaking Biennial” – Providence, RI

2015 Gelman Gallery “Fever Dream” – Providence, RI

2015 Center for Fine Art Photography “On Beauty”- Fort Collins, CO

2014 DATELINE “006 – Video Show” – Denver, CO

2014 Rhode Island School of Design “Printmaking Departmental Exhibition” – Providence, RI

2014 LSU Union Gallery “20x20x20 National Compact Competition” – Baton Rouge, LA

2014 Gormley Gallery Notre Dame of Maryland “25th Drawing & Print ” Baltimore, MD

2014 Arterie Fine Arts “Feeling Blue” – Naperville, IL

2014 Verum Ultimum “Abstract Sanctuary” – Portland, OR

2014 COMB Gallery “White Show” – Milwaukee, WI

2013 Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design “Alumni Printmaking Exhibition” – Milwaukee, WI

2011 The Happening Gallery – Los Angeles, CA

2011 The Long Beach Island Foundation “Exhibition: Digital Works” – Loveladies, NJ

 

Honors/Awards:

Graduate Scholarship – Rhode Island School of Design 2014-2016

Graduate Teaching Assistantship – Rhode Island School of Design 2014-2016

Graduate Teaching Assistantship – Brown University 2014-2016

President’s List (All Semesters) Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design 2007-2011

Half-Tuition Scholarship – Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design 2007-2011

Rosenberg Scholarship – North Central High School 2006

Philosophy Student of the Year Scholarship – North Central High School 2006

 

Publications:

Tradigital Printmaking Blog : Featured Artist http://hybriddigitaltraditionalprints.blogspot.

com/2010/01/adam-x-aka-lifeapoptosis-from-wisconsin.html

The American Youth Printmaking Exhibition Catalog – 2011

Beloit & Vicinity Catalog 54th Year – 2011

 

 

Employment:

Present: Rhode Island School of Design – Providence, RI – Adjunct Professor for CE – Courses: Adobe Animate – Blender Adobe Animate was taught as a course with the end goal of integrating flash animation with web platforms.

Present-2016: SUNY Purchase – Purchase, NY – Lecturer
Courses: The Machine in the Ghost- Extended Media – Introduction to Screenprinting –Advanced Screenprinting – Senior Projects Advisor

Present-2016: Marilyn Minter Studio – New York, New York – Studio Manager
Managed office emails, inventory and administrative needs of the studio. Assisted with photo-shoots and worked in post-production as a video/photo editor. Also worked as a studio painter and graphic designer. Aided with “Pretty/Dirty” Retrospective installation at Brooklyn Museum.

2016: Rhode Island School of Design – Providence, RI – Instructor of Record Basic Intaglio
Taught an introductory Intaglio class that explored collagraph from a drawing approach to tone & line. Sintra was used as the primary substrate.

2016-2014: Brown University – Providence, RI – Graduate Teaching Assistant
Making Monotypes – Political Constructions – Screen Printing – Lithography
Helped prepare for demonstrations, participated in critiques, worked with the professor & students on class projects and technical issues.

2016-2014: Rhode Island School of Design – Providence, RI – Graduate Teaching Assistant
Graduate Printmaking – Installation Sight & Sound – Painting 3 – Installation Sight & Sound
Helped prepare materials for class, demonstrated various technical processes, participated in critiques, worked with the professor to give students individual feedback on their work.

2016-2014: Rhode Island School of Design – Providence, RI – Co-Works Teaching Assistant
Supervised and aided students in the use of laser cutter, 3D printing, vacuum forming, Ink-jet printing, and vinyl cutting. Lead demonstrations for students on how to prepare files and materials for all stages of production.

2014-2012: Digicopy – Milwaukee, WI – Production Manager
Managed production of print jobs, quoted jobs, typeset and designed files, oversaw work flow and worked with customers to meet project deadlines and quality control