Adam Brock Ciresi is a New York born artist residing in Portland, OR since 2008. He received his MFA from Pacific Northwest College of Art and BFA from Portland State University. Adam is a multidisciplinary artist exploring various mediums and modes of making, with an intensive background in painting, from oil and acrylic to large-scale murals in spray paint. Political undertones cohere his art practice, stemming from a lifelong commitment to DIY communities and punk rock. Adam is a musician and producer of two active bands.
Since my early adolescence I have been committed to punk and hardcore movements–expansive subcultural music communities that emphasize DIY ethics, social critique, and creating safe space for experimenting with expressive performance and audience engagement. This lifestyle has shaped both my art practice and sense of self. The conceptual cohesion between my art and practice are variable approaches to resistance from socio-political discontent. As an interdisciplinary visual artist, I use traditional and non-traditional art mediums, music, performance, and social engagement.
Some of my work ventures to depths of the modern human condition by using performance, song, found objects and installation. This is especially personal for me, as someone who suffers from the chronic illness of Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. I work collaboratively with local communities to paint large scale public murals that illustrate their social histories. These murals help to ensure accessibility to the narratives that risk erasure by contemporary societal development and gentrification. A large part of my practice is approaching forms of collaboration in radical ways, such as an on-going series of collaborative works with a young person, more than half my age. Many of my recent works respond to the Anthropocene and globalized capitalism, like using dirty motor oil to paint landscapes, calling attention to the degradation of land from industrialism. In short, my practice is situational and the artworks continually amorphous. It is meant to reflect a desire for multi-dimensional thinking, not just for myself, but for all of society.