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Adam Rake
Bloomington, Indiana

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In an era when artistic practice is most celebrated for how it diverges from traditions, my prints and drawings remain unabashedly committed to aesthetic formalism.  Whether in detailed renderings of the human form or in abstractions that probe the elusive realms of memory and place, my work seeks to achieve a permanence which consciousness alone can never maintain.  Beyond individual experience, I also believe uncertainty and fleetingness are particularly characteristic of our age.  Through my work, I hope to distill a common, uniting experience- at once poignant and compassionate- that is a response to the isolation and longing of postmodern existence.

Drawing is the most important part of an artist's creative and intellectual discovery.  It is the most effective and efficient means to grapple with complexity and what is not yet known.  I tell my drawing students that they must learn to use the simple to build the complex.  This is what drawing teaches us to do.  I believe this may be applied to all aspects of life and experience.  Drawing allows me to synthesis and reveal what I have learned from the experiences of my life.  It nourishes my consciousness and is essential to my continued growth as a human being and artist.  





born: 1980, Bristol, Pennsylvania


Indiana University, MFA, 2015
The University of the Arts, BFA 2002

selected awards/honors

James Eiseman, Sr. Travel Scholarship, 2001
Greenfield Library Book Purchase Award, 2002
Soviak Memorial Painting Scholarship, 1999

selected publications

Umbrella. Review: "The Book of Shadows": Apr. 2002 (vol. 25,no. 1).
The Ryder. Article: The Push and the Pull: Two Person Exhibition Pays Homage to IU's Historic Printmaking Traditions and Offers Promise for the Future; issue: December 2013

selected solo or two-person exhibits

Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center: Keegan Adams / Adam Rake: Recent Works, Bloomington, Indiana, 2013

selected group shows

Manifest Gallery: Regional Showcase: Works on Paper from Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana, 2013
Manhattan Graphics Center: Manhattan Graphic Center's 3rd Annual Juried Printmaking Show, New York, New York, 2013
Grunwald Gallery of Art: MFA Group Show, Bloomington, Indiana, 2012
808 Gallery at Boston University, The Boston Printmakers 2007 North American Print Biennial, Boston, Massachusetts, 2007

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