Joan Mitchell Center
Mormon Trail Walk

James Adam Bateman

Sculptor
June 5–30
Salt Lake City, UT
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Adam Bateman grew up in small-town Utah with a landscape painter aunt and working for local farmers.  He is fluent in English and Spanish and conversational in Portuguese. He received a BA in English and Spanish at BYU and an MFA in Sculpture from Pratt Institute.  As an artist, he has exhibited his work globally, across the United Sates, and at every major art museum in Utah.  He is the 2008 recipient of the Division of Arts and Museums Visual Artist Fellowship and the 2013 Joan Mitchell Fellowship.  He believes in community building and has curated projects in Los Angeles and New York City as well as for venues in Utah including CUAC, a non-profit space that he has operated for 12. He is represented by Gildar Gallery in Denver and Tanja Grunert Gallery in New York City.  

Mormon Trail Walk

Mormon Trail Walk

Mormon Trail Walk, 2015, 1200 miles. Durational performance where I walked for 74 days to cross the American West. A re-creation of my ancestors’ journey and an exploration of Manifest Destiny.
 

A platform for viewing

A platform for viewing

2015, 216 x 288 x 192 inches. Rough cut lumber, performance, installation. A section of floor was removed and elevated to form the ‘view point’ and also reveal a window in to the basement in the museum’s archive. A performer worked on digitizing the archive during the course of the exhibition.

A platform for viewing

A platform for viewing

2015, 216 x 288 x 192 inches, view of the elevated floor/platform

A platform for viewing

A platform for viewing

2015, 216 x 288 x 192 inches, a view through the floor of the archive and archivist at work.

Creamsicle

Creamsicle

2015, 72 x 72 inches, acrylic and spray paint on canvas

The Fourth Thousand Years

The Fourth Thousand Years

2011, 144 x 192 x 264 inches, books stacked without adhesive in a form that reflects institutional architecture of the space behind it in the Brigham Young University Museum of Art.

Rose

Rose

2010, 108 x 180 x 144 inches, wheels from irrigation implements used for large scale agriculture

Monolith

Monolith

2009, 108 x 240 x 72 inches, concrete and plywood. Scale model of Glen Canyon Dam.