Marisa Adesman

Marisa Adesman’s surreal and thought-provoking paintings often depict ordinary objects in bizarre contexts and striking states of mystical transformation. Recent works prominently feature tangled and twisted forks slithering in the garden or peering from a kitchen drawer. Her precise draftsmanship and delicate brushwork draws viewers into the fantasy and challenges our perceptions of reality.

Adesman (b. 1991) received her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI in 2018 and her BFA from Washington University, St. Louis, MO in 2013. She has exhibited work widely including at the Contemporary Art Museum (CAM), St. Louis, MO; Black Mountain College Museum, Ashville, NC; and Mead Art Museum, Amherst College; Amherst, MA. The artist has completed a number of residences including the Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT; Brooklyn Art Space, NY; Wassaic Project Residency, Wassaic, NY; ChaShaMa Residency, Pine Planes, NY; Jentel Foundation Artist Residency, Banner, WY; and Tongue River Artist Residency, Dayton, WY. Adesman lives and works in St. Louis, MO.

 

EXHIBITIONS

Forklore, July 24 – September 11, 2021

Marisa Adesman

1991
Born in Roslyn, NY
Lives and works in St. Louis, MO

Education

2018
MFA, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
2013
BFA, Washington University, St. Louis, MO

Solo Exhibitions

2021
Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles, CA (forthcoming)
2020
Desiderio Pacens, Eve Leibe Gallery, London, UK

Group Exhibitions

2021
Good Company: The Remix, Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles, CA
2020
Gest, Nino Mier Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Anat Ebgi at Art Athina, Art Athina, Athens, Greece
In Excess, Spring Break Art Fair, New York, NY — curated by Abigail Ogilvy Gallery
No Time Like the Present, Public Gallery, London, UK
Art in Place: Projection Series, Standard Space, Sharon, CT
Congruence, I Like Your Work Podcast Juried Exhibition — juried by Bridgette Mayer
Hope, Pfizer Building, Brooklyn, NY — curated by Ambrus Gero
2019
Feels LIke a New Beginning, ChaShaMa, Brooklyn, NY — curated by Peter Fulop and Brigitta Varadi
Welcome Home, Elephant West, London, UK — curated by Rebecca Pelly-Fry
The Salon, The Wing, Boston, MA — curated by Lolita Cros
PLOP Residency Show, The Koppel Project, London, UK — curated by Oli Epp
Tales of Diverted Reality, Light Year 47 x ChaShaMa ChaNorth, Brooklyn, NY
Unveiled, The Beehive, Boston, MA
Red Eye Black Tie, Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, Amherst, MA
Rosalind Sallenger Richardson Center for the Arts, Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC
2018
Counter Narratives: Geographies of the Unfamiliar, Asya Geisberg Gallery, New York, NY — curated by Sara Reisman
RISD Grad Show 2018, Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence, RI
Domestic Memory, Abigail Ogilvy Gallery, Boston, MA
Girlhood, RISD Museum Gelman Gallery, Providence, RI
{RE}HAPPENING, Black Mountain College Museum + Art Center, Ashville, NC
2017
Pure as a Seagull's Belly, RISD Museum Gelman Gallery, Providence, RI
RISD MFA Summer Show, Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York, NY — curated by Hrag Vartanian
Painting Graduate Biennial, Sol Koffler Gallery, Providence, RI
A Show About Care, Memorial Hall Gallery, Providence, RI
2015
Face It: The Face in Contemporary Art, OnSite: Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY
Resident Artist, Freehold, Brooklyn, NY
2013
Umbra, LeRoy Neiman Gallery, New York, NY
A Show of Heads, Limner Gallery, Hudson, NY
Dark and Scary, Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Selected Local Artist, Practice Body Mind Soul, Roslyn, NY
This Must Be the Place, 2276 Jefferson Avenue, St. Louis, MO
Community Visuals, University City Public Library, St. Louis, MO
Senior Painting BFA Exhibition: 9x considered, Des Lee Gallery, St. Louis, MO
2012
Ghost Particle, 2712 Cherokee Street, St. Louis, MO
Recontexualized, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, MO
Yale Norfolk School of Art Student Exhibition, Art Barn, Norfolk, CT
According To:, Los Caminos Gallery, St. Louis, MO
Face Your (___), Danforth University Center, St. Louis, MO

Press and Publications

2021
Raez, Constanza Falco. "Marisa Adesman | no, that’s not a fork in the path; it’s an owl." Flaunt. April 09, 2021. (Link)
2019
Art Maze Magazine, Issue 14. Autum 2019
The Salon Exhibition Catalgoue, Boston — curated by Lolia Cros
Steer, Emily. "Are Our Homes Still Safe Spaces in the Digital Age?" Elephant Magazine. August.
Lavender, Chris. "New art project showcases home life in Spartanburg." Spartanburg Herald-Journal. January.
"HUB-BUB Launches Project to See 'Home' Through Spartanburg Resident's Eyes." Spartanburg City News Podcast. January.
2018
"Getting to Know the New HUB-BUB Artists-in-Residence." Spartanburg City News Podcast. September.
"Thought Provokers Series, Interview." Boston Voyager Magazine. December.
McQuaid, Cate. "When Student Work is Well Worth Studying." The Boston Globe. July
Baker, Sarah. "Domestic Memory: A Group Exhibition." Art New England Magazine. May.
2017
Butler, Sharon. "MFA Report: Hrag Vartanian Finds 'Home' in RISD Painting Studios," Two Coats of Paint. August.
Cascone, Sarah. "Editors' Picks: 13 Things to See in New York This Week." Artnet. July 2017
2014
Artist Portfolio Magazine: NY vs. LA, Featured Artist (4 page spread), Issue 15
2012
Archer Art Now, "Tonight Only! According to @ Los Caminos," Laura Barone. April 2012.
Kuumba.tv, "Artist Profile: Marisa Adesman," Matt Malis, Carly Schulman. September 2012

Marisa Adesman

BIOGRAPHY

CV

Marisa Adesman Midnight Snack, 2021
Oil on canvas 20 x 14 inches / 50.8 x 35.6 cm
Marisa Adesman Divinorum (life finds a way), 2020
Oil on panel 10 x 8 inches / 25.4 x 20.3 cm
Marisa Adesman Hortus Inconclusus, 2018
Oil on canvas 84 x 46 inches / 213.4 x 116.8 cm
Marisa Adesman Bending Space and Tine, 2020
Oil on canvas 16 x 12 inches / 40.6 x 30.5 cm
Marisa Adesman Fighting Chance, 2020
Oil on panel 10 x 8 inches / 25.4 x 20.3 cm
Marisa Adesman Imitatio Ludum, 2020
Oil on panel 10 x 8 inches / 25.4 x 20.3 cm
Marisa Adesman Imitatio Ludum, 2020
Detail
Marisa Adesman Twilight Jubilee, 2020
Oil on panel 9 x 12 inches / 22.9 x 30.5 cm
Marisa Adesman Snake Eyes, 2019
Gouache and colored pencil on paper 11 x 14 inches / 27.9 x 35.6 cm
Marisa Adesman All the Trappings, 2020
Oil on panel 10 x 8 inches / 25.4 x 20.3 cm
Marisa Adesman Blue Bind, 2020
Oil on panel 10 x 8 inches / 25.4 x 20.3 cm
Marisa Adesman Blue Bind, 2020
Detail
Marisa Adesman Blue Bind, 2020
Detail
Marisa Adesman Immortal Coil, 2020
Oil on panel 10 x 8 inches / 25.4 x 20.3 cm

BIOGRAPHY

Marisa Adesman’s surreal and thought-provoking paintings often depict ordinary objects in bizarre contexts and striking states of mystical transformation. Recent works prominently feature tangled and twisted forks slithering in the garden or peering from a kitchen drawer. Her precise draftsmanship and delicate brushwork draws viewers into the fantasy and challenges our perceptions of reality.

Adesman (b. 1991) received her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI in 2018 and her BFA from Washington University, St. Louis, MO in 2013. She has exhibited work widely including at the Contemporary Art Museum (CAM), St. Louis, MO; Black Mountain College Museum, Ashville, NC; and Mead Art Museum, Amherst College; Amherst, MA. The artist has completed a number of residences including the Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT; Brooklyn Art Space, NY; Wassaic Project Residency, Wassaic, NY; ChaShaMa Residency, Pine Planes, NY; Jentel Foundation Artist Residency, Banner, WY; and Tongue River Artist Residency, Dayton, WY. Adesman lives and works in St. Louis, MO.

 

EXHIBITIONS

Forklore, July 24 – September 11, 2021

CV

Marisa Adesman

1991
Born in Roslyn, NY
Lives and works in St. Louis, MO

Education

2018
MFA, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
2013
BFA, Washington University, St. Louis, MO

Solo Exhibitions

2021
Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles, CA (forthcoming)
2020
Desiderio Pacens, Eve Leibe Gallery, London, UK

Group Exhibitions

2021
Good Company: The Remix, Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles, CA
2020
Gest, Nino Mier Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Anat Ebgi at Art Athina, Art Athina, Athens, Greece
In Excess, Spring Break Art Fair, New York, NY — curated by Abigail Ogilvy Gallery
No Time Like the Present, Public Gallery, London, UK
Art in Place: Projection Series, Standard Space, Sharon, CT
Congruence, I Like Your Work Podcast Juried Exhibition — juried by Bridgette Mayer
Hope, Pfizer Building, Brooklyn, NY — curated by Ambrus Gero
2019
Feels LIke a New Beginning, ChaShaMa, Brooklyn, NY — curated by Peter Fulop and Brigitta Varadi
Welcome Home, Elephant West, London, UK — curated by Rebecca Pelly-Fry
The Salon, The Wing, Boston, MA — curated by Lolita Cros
PLOP Residency Show, The Koppel Project, London, UK — curated by Oli Epp
Tales of Diverted Reality, Light Year 47 x ChaShaMa ChaNorth, Brooklyn, NY
Unveiled, The Beehive, Boston, MA
Red Eye Black Tie, Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, Amherst, MA
Rosalind Sallenger Richardson Center for the Arts, Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC
2018
Counter Narratives: Geographies of the Unfamiliar, Asya Geisberg Gallery, New York, NY — curated by Sara Reisman
RISD Grad Show 2018, Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence, RI
Domestic Memory, Abigail Ogilvy Gallery, Boston, MA
Girlhood, RISD Museum Gelman Gallery, Providence, RI
{RE}HAPPENING, Black Mountain College Museum + Art Center, Ashville, NC
2017
Pure as a Seagull's Belly, RISD Museum Gelman Gallery, Providence, RI
RISD MFA Summer Show, Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York, NY — curated by Hrag Vartanian
Painting Graduate Biennial, Sol Koffler Gallery, Providence, RI
A Show About Care, Memorial Hall Gallery, Providence, RI
2015
Face It: The Face in Contemporary Art, OnSite: Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY
Resident Artist, Freehold, Brooklyn, NY
2013
Umbra, LeRoy Neiman Gallery, New York, NY
A Show of Heads, Limner Gallery, Hudson, NY
Dark and Scary, Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Selected Local Artist, Practice Body Mind Soul, Roslyn, NY
This Must Be the Place, 2276 Jefferson Avenue, St. Louis, MO
Community Visuals, University City Public Library, St. Louis, MO
Senior Painting BFA Exhibition: 9x considered, Des Lee Gallery, St. Louis, MO
2012
Ghost Particle, 2712 Cherokee Street, St. Louis, MO
Recontexualized, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, MO
Yale Norfolk School of Art Student Exhibition, Art Barn, Norfolk, CT
According To:, Los Caminos Gallery, St. Louis, MO
Face Your (___), Danforth University Center, St. Louis, MO

Press and Publications

2021
Raez, Constanza Falco. "Marisa Adesman | no, that’s not a fork in the path; it’s an owl." Flaunt. April 09, 2021. (Link)
2019
Art Maze Magazine, Issue 14. Autum 2019
The Salon Exhibition Catalgoue, Boston — curated by Lolia Cros
Steer, Emily. "Are Our Homes Still Safe Spaces in the Digital Age?" Elephant Magazine. August.
Lavender, Chris. "New art project showcases home life in Spartanburg." Spartanburg Herald-Journal. January.
"HUB-BUB Launches Project to See 'Home' Through Spartanburg Resident's Eyes." Spartanburg City News Podcast. January.
2018
"Getting to Know the New HUB-BUB Artists-in-Residence." Spartanburg City News Podcast. September.
"Thought Provokers Series, Interview." Boston Voyager Magazine. December.
McQuaid, Cate. "When Student Work is Well Worth Studying." The Boston Globe. July
Baker, Sarah. "Domestic Memory: A Group Exhibition." Art New England Magazine. May.
2017
Butler, Sharon. "MFA Report: Hrag Vartanian Finds 'Home' in RISD Painting Studios," Two Coats of Paint. August.
Cascone, Sarah. "Editors' Picks: 13 Things to See in New York This Week." Artnet. July 2017
2014
Artist Portfolio Magazine: NY vs. LA, Featured Artist (4 page spread), Issue 15
2012
Archer Art Now, "Tonight Only! According to @ Los Caminos," Laura Barone. April 2012.
Kuumba.tv, "Artist Profile: Marisa Adesman," Matt Malis, Carly Schulman. September 2012