Detroit artist Kristin Adamczyk‘s latest body of work featuring large-scale mixed-media paintings debuts at Two James Spirits & Distillery with an opening reception on Tuesday, January 10th, 2017. Her exhibition showcases the Solo Missionist series revealing the largest works to date with her fifth solo exhibition.

SoloMissionist is the collective aesthetic of her creative work – including Adamczyk’s solo exhibitions, as well as commercial branding projects. Her collaborative teams execute creative direction, marketing project management, production and casting for national brands.

Kristin Adamczyk’s visual artwork stems from her strong Animation & Illustration background, as well as influences from Art History. She focuses on technical processes along integration of design and beauty. Adamczyk uses digital technology to help create narratives around a distorted perception that occurs in everyone’s unique reality. In addition to her visual artwork, if you are a fan of local music you have probably seen one of the music videos she has worked on including Humons, ‘Try It For Me’, or Flint Eastwood’s ‘Find What You’re Looking For’.

Blending overlays, collaging layers of her photography of landscapes and natural formations of land around the world, with beautiful body contours and shapes filling, while creating, white space. Using film slides, light projection, scanners and digital drawing programs: methods of her cultivation. Fans of black and white will have fun getting up-close and personal with her pieces. Most notably, her photography has been featured in Juxtapoz Magazine & the cover/fashion editorial of Grand Circus Magazine’s inaugural Issue.

WIP, Adamczyk digitally manipulates her female subjects, showcasing her creative process.

PLAYGROUND DETROIT interviewed Kristin Adamcyzk as she began her installation of the upcoming exhibition at Two James to discuss her work, the process and the inspiration behind her latest series of work.

What’s your current medium of choice?

Mixed media; I studied illustration- so I’m classically trained in drawing and as an illustrator. I started taking my own photos for reference so I would be able to work on paintings directly from my own images.  I’ve blended those two things together so my now final pieces look more like the in-process work, where it’s both photos collaged with paint layered on top.

What inspires you?

One of the themes that is a part of a lot of my work is anatomy, or scientific references. Some of the most truthful things in the world stem from science-based knowledge.

Movement also has a big role in my pieces, I like to capture moments where you can see the models personality, or whoever the character is in the piece- that body language holds a lot of their personality in that.

Why did you chose some of the women represented in this new series?

Since I have studied classic fine art and painting, I’m very into landscapes and portraits including nudes. The women I chose to work with are very empowered and proud of the type of art that they partake in and their role as being a muse in the world. Even when they come off as overtly sexy, there is a lot of pride. There are a lot of body contortions and body movements created as well because I like to study anatomy and their bone structures underneath.

What about your creative process is the most successful for  you?

Experimenting is always the most valuable- really spending time in the studio and testing things out. Even if there is some technical processes that I’ve been very confident about, something like a photo transfer, there are different combinations of paints and oils, and things like turpentine- things I would only be able to know what happens as a result with the experimentation that I’ve done. That is the most fulfilling- when you feel like you know how to control the materials.

What are the most important themes or concepts in your work?

As a two-dimensional visual artist, I like the idea that you are capturing a narrative or a story within a single image. It allows people to come up with that story or even discuss it together- maybe they have different ideas of what they are looking at, even within the same image.  I have a on-going goal to create still images that can be very narrative and deep.

But this series at Two James is more specifically just for the sake of beauty. The muses that I use, they obviously each have a very specific personality about them, and the whole concept is based around me digitally processing them. The idea is about distorted perceptions and reality- it’s my perception of them, and that’s digitally mastered.

What do you love about Detroit?

I love how it’s a wild incubator.


Opening Reception, January 10th @ 7-11P:
Minors allowed if accompanied with an adult.

Dogs are welcome too! Secured parking is in the back.