Adam Silverman: Common Ground


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  • Silverman creates ambitious ceramic work with site-specific materials that engage their places of origin. In the fall of 2019, he began a project to address the political and cultural divisions in America. Silverman collected materials from every state and inhabited US territory and combined them into a single, new, fully integrated material. A series of 56 Ikebana arrangements are placed in Silverman’s vessels, creating a powerful pairing of American materials and symbols with Japanese traditions.Similar to a chef cooking with local ingredients, his works are infused with the history, culture, issues and spirit of a place. This material was then used to create 56 ceremonial vessels that celebrate the nation’s radical inclusivity and diversity. Adam Silverman (born 1963) is a Los Angeles–based artist known for his experimental processes and resulting sculptural vessels. He is regarded as one of the most dynamic practitioners dedicated to ceramics today. Silverman received received bachelor degrees in both fine art and architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design.
    ISBN 9781941753569. Inventory Press. pb. 144 pages. 68 colour, 12 b/w ills. 22.9 x 15.2 cm.