Thursday, March 22, 2012

Adam Bateman: As the Rose

As the Rose (2010) by Adam Bateman, at the Torrance Art Museum patio

The TAM has a new sculpture to grace the Museum Patio, Adam Bateman's As the Rose, an engaging work composed out of irrigation implements.

A strong theme to Bateman's work is the contrast of the Modernist aesthetic with the Pastoral. Through the utilization of landscaping or agricultural materials in creating abstract forms, the work expresses anew the traditional concept of transcendence through the observation of nature, but, perhaps, subverts it through the formal arrangement of material.

Certainly, to observe this sculpture "as the rose" is to be seduced by the organic, spiralling structure. However, have the abstraction and material selection severed the connection between Nature and Art, deciding upon pure Form and Design over representation or traditionalism?

I don't know, but you can come by to see this thought-provoking work to decide for yourself when the museum reopens on April 14.

As the Rose by Adam Bateman, reflected on TAM's closed doors.

Until then, you'll only be able to view it from a distance, from between the bars of the patio gate. ;-)

Close up of As the Rose (2010) by Adam Bateman

Looking forward to seeing you at the TAM!!!

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