>>If you ask Adam Maida what his most important work of art is, he will stop and think for a second, reflecting on certain times and feelings, specific projects, or special collaborations. But, if you ask him what’s important about his work, he won’t hesitate for a second. His work is loud enough to speak for itself, and his explanations are carefully chosen and cast light on who he is an artist. The man behind this modesty is fiercely intelligent. Adam is someone who lives locally in Rochester but is always thinking globally when it comes to his craft.
There’s a calm control to Adam’s voice, an easy metered rhythm that makes you feel at ease. There’s confidence in his words absent of bravado. This is because he is a remedial thinker, and an intelligent and patient artist who has spent countless hours contemplating the convalescence of these modern times.
Adam grew up in Rochester, New York getting his start as an artist early on, drawing and painting, and eventually becoming part of the local DIY music scene. His work is what most of us would call mixed media, but that’s not how he sees it. “I like to play with my work. It ends up looking like mixed media, but to me, it’s all just graphic art,” he says. He calls it a language, a blend of all things artistic, a blend of all of his influences, which leads him to be the most expressive.
If you are not familiar with Adam’s work, it may still feel like you’ve seen it before. His work is striking and incredibly familiar, like you’ve known Adam and his work for years. His work also has a lasting effect, taking shelter in your psyche long after you’ve looked at them, a siren of art beckoning you to crash land on the shores of reality. CONTINUE READING<<