Adam Silverman

This is definitely the gambler's art. I have a lot of control, and I relinquish a lot of control, which I like. ”

Known for his sculptural vessels and richly textured glazes, Adam Silverman is among the most dynamic practitioners dedicated to ceramics today. Silverman brings in a sense of structure to his objects and utilizes painterly glaze on his works.

Silverman was born in 1963 in New York, NY and received a Bachelor of Fine Art and a Bachelor of Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1987 and 1988. He served as the Los Angeles studio director of Heath Ceramics from January 2009 to May 2014.

In 2014, he collaborated with architect Nader Tehrani and conceived Boolean Valley, an installation comprised of 400 clay objects with various versions at MOCA Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles, CA, Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga, CA, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, TX, and San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA.  In late 2019, the artist started Common Ground, an ongoing project in which he brings together clay, water, and wood ash from each of the 56 states and territories of the US. By mixing these materials together, he erases the arbitrary borders of statehood, to create a single new material which will be used to make the project. Common Ground reflects on the divisiveness of the current state of the country, while also celebrating the commonality and universality of the shared American experience.

Silverman’s work is included in the permanent collections of the Israel Museum, Jerusalem; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA; Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, OR; Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, TX; Palm Springs Art Museum, CA; Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence, RI; and the Yale Art Gallery, New Haven, CT.

He lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

 

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Untitled, 2019

Adam Silverman [American, b. 1963]
Untitled, 2019
Stoneware
30 x 11 x 10 inches
76.2 x 27.9 x 25.4 cm
Signed and dated on underside: AS 2019

Tide Jar, 2019

Adam Silverman [American, b. 1963]
Tide Jar, 2019
Stoneware
15 x 15 x 11 inches
38.1 x 38.1 x 27.9 cm
Signed and dated on underside: AS 2019

Tide Jar, 2019

Adam Silverman [American, b. 1963]
Tide Jar, 2019
Stoneware
18.5 x 10 x 12 inches
47 x 25.4 x 30.5 cm
Signed and dated on underside: AS 2019 K4B

Untitled, 2019

Adam Silverman [American, b. 1963]
Untitled, 2019
Stoneware
17 x 11 x 11 inches
43.2 x 27.9 x 27.9 cm
Signed and dated on underside: AS 2019

Untitled, 2018

Adam Silverman [American, b. 1963]
Untitled, 2018
Stoneware
18 x 11 x 11 inches
45.7 x 27.9 x 27.9 cm
Signed and dated on underside: AS 2018

Untitled, 2018

Adam Silverman [American, b. 1963]
Untitled, 2018
Stoneware
20 x 16 x 12 inches
50.8 x 40.6 x 30.5 cm
Signed and dated on underside: AS_RI 2018

Untitled, 2018

Adam Silverman [American, b. 1963]
Untitled, 2018
Stoneware
21 x 12 x 12 inches
53.3 x 30.5 x 30.5 cm
Signed and dated on underside: AS 2018

Untitled, 2017

Adam Silverman [American, b. 1963]
Untitled, 2017
Stoneware
19.5 x 10.5 x 10.5 inches
49.5 x 26.7 x 26.7 cm
Signed and dated on underside: AS 2017

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