Artist Adam Bridgland pays tribute to rock lyrics with intense colours and visual attitude
In a new show at London's Jealous Gallery, artist Adam Bridgland brings together wild hues, dynamic patterns and the powerful pull of nostalgia in an alluring visual display.
We sometimes forget how much of a role lyrics play in our love of popular music. Interdisciplinary artist Adam Bridgland hasn't, though, as his second solo exhibition stands as a testament to.
Drawing on his love of music, songwriting and his previous life playing in bands, his show titled 'Small Tom, Middle Tom, Floor Tom, Crash' showcases a new collection of works filled with vibrant colours and visual noise.
It's typically inspired work by Adam, who's known for using a diverse range of materials and working methods to pursue an intelligent, often witty exploration of British sentiments, externalising the underlying sense of loss and nostalgia that permeates our memories.
A graduate of the Royal College of Art, Adam's work has appeared in several exhibitions to date, including shows at the Royal Academy (2019), Saffron Waldon (2019), Curwen Gallery (2017) and CP+B London (2016), along with several private and public commissions for clients including YouTube, Warchild UK, Heal's and Comme Des Garcons.
Following the success of his last show in October 2021, Time Spent Together In Your Head, Adam's creative practice has continued to grow and reach new audiences with his nostalgic use of text, found paraphernalia and painted overlays.
His artistic approach is characterised by selecting found and created materials and overlaid text. And this new exhibition showcases new interpretations of his most memorable phrases, allowing viewers to discover fresh and unique perspectives on the artist's most recognisable expressions.
The inspiration and title of 'Small Tom, Middle Tom, Floor Tom, Crash' stemmed from Tom's discovery of an old folder containing song lyrics and band memorabilia while clearing out his old bedroom following his mum's passing.
The works on show feature a variety of mediums, such as print, photography, sculpture, drawing and painting, allowing visitors to explore a broad range of themes, imagery and human emotion. At the heart of the exhibition are a series of monoprints created through a collaboration between the artist and his youngest son and burgeoning artist Cass Bridgland.
Small Tom, Middle Tom, Floor Tom, Crash runs until 19 March at Jealous East, 53 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3PT. Opening hours are 10am-6pm Monday-Saturday and 11am-5pm Sundays.