Last week we visited the studio of Adam Cimerman, an artist who focuses is on creating art based on his memories of youth, travel, love, music and all the good old memories that make you smile with nostalgia. His Beatles Record collage series is influenced by Pop Art icons such as Andy Warhol, Lichtenstein, Jasper Johns, while his works on paper and sculptures pay homage to Schwitters, Joseph Cornell, Claes Oldenburg, and Alexander Calder.
“I became interested in the possibilities of transferring these “images” into collage and relief constructions. I soon began experimenting with enlarged xerox reproductions of my images, drawings and pages of journal entries. The first successful and satisfying piece that incorporated these is entitled “ubi sunt” (where are they). Ubi Sunt consists of mandala-like, raised, concentric surfaces collaged with maps, aerial views of pyramids, and an exhaustive list of every person that I knew up to that point in time. It was completed only after I discovered a xerox consultant who agreed to let me introduce newsprint paper into copiers (normally jamming them). Ubi Sunt (1977-1980), was completed around the time I graduated with distinction from the Academy of Art College, in San Francisco, now known as The Academy of Art University.”- Adam Cimerman
In the following years, Cimerman has made art in large studio spaces across San Francisco in which he works with mediums such as collage, collograph prints, oversize relief constructions and shadow boxes. His most recent works are available through our online shop.
“By the age of eleven, I was collecting discarded small objects and glueing them to board before forever painting them monochromatically white,or off white. As the metals rusted through – I added more paint (I had not yet discovered metal primer). Regrettably, nothing of these early efforts of mine today survives. As i was actively discouraged from pursuing art as a career choice , in the years to come it became something of a shadow life for me and I spent a typically dismal teenaged years yearning to leave Buffalo for New York City, or Boston- which I did in my own fashion… dressing like a hobo and hitchhiking whenever the chance arose.” -Adam Cimerman
Thanks to Adam for the invitation to explore your art space and to Whitney Lasker for the photographs you see here.