Born and raised in Philadelphia, Adam Daily attended Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York where he earned a B.S. in 2003. He earned his M.F.A. from the University at Albany in 2007. Adam Daily's work spans a variety of media and techniques, including painting, photography and collage. Characterized by experimentation and innovation in production methods and materials, Daily often combines digital and hand made processes to create new and unique work. In 2011, he was awarded a New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Fellowship in Digital/ Electronic Arts for a body of work combining photography, painting and collage. His work has been widely exhibited in both solo and group exhibitions. His solo exhibitions include shows at Salem Art Works in Salem, N.Y. at The Foundry for Art and Design, in Cohoes N.Y. and at Schaefer Landing in Williamsburg Brooklyn. He has twice exhibited at the Governors Island Art Fair on Governors Island, N.Y. His most recent project is a large-scale mural commissioned by the City of New Rochelle, N.Y.
Building on my interest in the interaction between paintings and the spaces they inhabit, my recent works are geometric explorations of color, shape, and space. Sometimes landscape, sometimes close-up details, the paintings are always worlds unto themselves, infinities of space, line, geometry and color describing unknowable environments. In each piece I set-out to create a painting with mechanical precision, implementing a process of manufacture designed to yield a finished object which appears to be produced without human interaction. The paintings are intentionally handmade, but inhabit an almost imperceptible space between painting and contemporary mechanical modes of image production. It is in this space where the human hand emulates and approximates, but can never outpace the mechanical, in which the painting becomes a living form in spite of its geometric rigidity.
The paintings are two-dimensional surfaces with the sculptural power to push and pull their environment. Chromatic intensity, distorted isometric perspective and high contrast are all key to their visual punch. Varying internal tensions, rhythms, and interactions between color and form reveal new information with each viewing. Each finished piece begins with a drawing composed of hundreds of individual isometric shapes assembled and guided by a set of self-imposed visual rules. Though both methodical and intentional, my drafting and iterative editing processes allow for variation and play. Each image deepens in complexity as I work and explore the interactions of space and form that cannot be predetermined, but must evolve through a blend of rigid visual systems and improvisation.
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