Adam Ball

Artrinity – Postcards of Positivity benefiting Artist Relief

Good things do come in small packages, and a polite little postcard, a token of positive communication, is the inspiration behind the second project for Artrinity — the art venture I share with my business partners Joyce Goss and Kenny Goss. The exhibition, Postcards of Positivity, During the Pandemic, evolved from our conversations during the initial days of the Coronavirus lockdown, we all agreed, “We need to do something!”

Maja, 2020, ink on paper, 4 x 6 inches, Francisco Moreno

Maja, 2020, ink on paper, Francisco Moreno

Post Suspension II, 2020, watercolor and collage on paper, 4 x 6 inches, Juan Alberto Negroni

Post Suspension II, 2020, watercolor and collage on paper, Juan Alberto Negroni

Mother Tongue II, 2020, graphite on paper, 4 x 6 inches, Corrie Thompson

Mother Tongue II, 2020, graphite on paper, Corrie Thompson

Before, 2020, charcoal on paper, 4 x 6 inches, Adam Ball

Before, 2020, charcoal on paper, Adam Ball

For me, philanthropic philosophies thrive during moments of critical circumstances, with the innate desire to serve and to initiate a cause for action. Selfishly perhaps, yet always propelling, the need to give, to think beyond oneself, rather than dwell on the impossible — it helps to focus on others by using one’s capabilities.

As we all grappled with the concept of COVID-19, a sense of shock seeped through my soul and the quote from Maya Angelou, resonated through my mind, “I have found among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.” And artists have given, supporting their community!

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Artist Adam Ball Chats About Life, while in Lockdown in London

Lockdown and locked out! Creativity is the heartbeat, soul, and lifeline of every artist, and when the ability to create is compromised, the effects can be life-changing. I recently reached out to a good friend, British artist Adam Ball, based in London, to ask him how he was handling lockdown. On a brighter note though, we mostly engaged in a general chit chat, or chinwag, as us Brits prefer to describe an ebb and flow of casual conversation between friends.

 

Detail of Taman Negara, hand-cut paperwith pinpricks by Adam Ball - 1

Detail of Taman Negara, 2009, hand-cut paper with pinpricks by Adam Ball

 

I met Adam Ball back in 2014 when he visited Dallas to attend MTV RE:DEFINE—he donated a work, Shine, a black paper-cutout abstraction of his DNA reflected over gold leaf paper, which completely fascinated me. Adam is known for his intricate hand-cut paper and textile cutouts, a craft of intense, dedicated focus. In September that same year, he exhibited at The Goss-Michael Foundation for a second time, a solo show, The Space Between, showcasing his intricate hand-cut transparent works in textiles and paper, some with charcoal, while other works highlighted with LEDs. 

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