Discover the third series of new artists based in New York City.

Adam Stennett creates conceptual works from a post 9/11 perspective, investigating issues that affect our global society and their ramifications on the American psyche. Well known for his exquisite renderings in oil and acrylic, Stennett delved into sculpture and performance with Survival Shack, an exploration of an artist’s necessities installed at Glenn Horowitz in East Hampton. Adam Stennett has been published in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Frieze, Art In America, Bomb Magazine, BlackBook, New York Magazine, The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, and Esquire. He has exhibited at Centro de la Imagen in Mexico City, 31GRAND in New York, The Portland Art Museum, and The National Arts Club in New York. Adam Stennett was born in Kotzebue, Alaska and graduated from Willamette University in 1994, where he returned this September to give the lecture, “Keep Making Art”.

Please tell us a little bit about yourself and your artwork. I studied painting and writing in college and then moved to New York in 1994 to pursue both. I make paintings, video works, object-based works and installation/performance-based works. My studio is in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

How do you relate to New York with your work?  New York became my graduate school. I met and discovered other artists and dealers. I established ways of working that allowed me to survive and create shows. New York has energy that can drive you but it can also crush you. 
New York is an extremely dense environment both socially and physically. Which one would you say has a larger impact on your work? When I am working I tend to isolate myself so the density doesn’t have much impact. I love the way New York is broken up into so many different neighborhoods and each has its unique character. The density of galleries and museums in certain areas makes seeing a lot of art more efficient.
How has the location you grew up in affected your process, and does this continue to influence your practice today?  I grew up in the woods of Oregon so big nature was a constant influence. Nature has a way of distilling things to their most essential very quickly.
Who or what are among your major influences as an artist? Seeing things I have never seen before.
What continues to inspire you to create? Survival.

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