Hank Murta Adams creates raw renditions of figurative busts, wall murals that beckon Action Painting, and humorous canister figures all constructed from glass. Known for his crude renditions of generalized characters, Adams’ objects reference artists such as Jean Dubuffet, by illuminating a spontaneous, expressionistic approach. Heavy cast glass pieces that are slowly created in molds afford an inner and more spiritual glow versus traditional glass refraction.
Adams’ use of copper wire, embedded debris and rough texture evoke modern industry, while the fragility of glass material allows for a juxtaposition rich in dialog. His wall pieces are created much like an Abstract Expressionist paintings, which Adams’ calls “floor events.” Working on the ground using a poured sand-molded glass process, Adams’ quickly inserts wires and other materials to create a connected constellation of glimmering shapes.
Adams received a B.F.A. degree from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1978 and has studied at the Penland School in North Carolina and Pilchuck Glass School in Washington. His work is found in collections throughout the United States and abroad.
This exhibition was part of a regional collaboration--including the Contemporary Art Center of Virginia (now MOCA), Chrysler Museum of Art and the Virginia Arts Festival--known as Art of Glass 2. The first Art of Glass collaboration was in 1999 and featured the world-famous Dale Chihuly.