“Owner & Operations Manager at Akron & Macon: The Work of Adam Greene” will be displayed in the Edna Carlsten Gallery Feb. 13 to March 6.
Adam Greene was a man who dedicated his life to connecting with others through his art. Throughout his life he took photographs, painted, sculpted, made videos and collaged.
A more prominent theme within his work is blimps, which is told through the title of the exhibit.
Two blimps, Akron and Macon, were commissioned by the U.S. Navy to improve surveillance. During the construction and tests, they faced many problems and ultimately crashed, leading to most of the crew dying. This story influenced his artwork.
“They symbolized to him a lot of different things. They were about surveillance, about these machines taking over our nature and coming into our spaces,” Leslie Walfish, the Carlsten Gallery Director, said.
Greene found old pictures and paintings at Goodwill and collaged pictures of blimps to show the invasion of the machines into everyday society and nature.
“His title comes from his interest in these and his creation of all of these blimp images that are referring to the Akron and Macron.” Walfish said.
This exhibit is a way to celebrate Greene’s legacy and the way he influenced others through his connections and artwork.
“It’s a way of honoring him, remembering him and celebrating the legacy he left behind,” Walfish said.
Stuart Morris, professor of art and graphic design, knew Greene personally and helped bring this exhibit to the gallery.
“Almost everything he did was involved in art, even at the level of the way he interacted with people and the things he made. He was constantly engaging in art activities,” Morris said.
Greene understood art is something which does not take a break from day to day.
In a video which will be part of the exhibit, he said “Maybe it’s something you do in the dreaming, in the sleeping, in the thinking.”
This exhibit brings a different perspective to the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point because most exhibits in the gallery are by faculty and students.
The reception party will be Feb. 20 from 2-4 p.m.
Arts and Entertainment Editor