Andrew Hart Adler
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For the past 35 years, Andrew Hart Adler has been showing his work on both sides of the Atlantic in the USA and Europe. Now, for the first time in South Africa, he will be showing his most recent body of work entitled “Light Whisperer” at Res Gallery in Johannesburg.
A New Yorker by birth, Adler is the son of the late Tony Award winning Broadway songwriter, Richard Adler, who wrote some of the most iconic Broadway Musicals of the 1950’s. He has lived a major part of his life in London, Paris, Munich, the Côte d’Azur, near Nice, as well as New York City and eastern Long Island before arriving in Cape Town.
He was the assistant to the distinguished Abstract Expressionist artist, Willem de Kooning for two years. Adler is driven by the convictions of his personal path. His travels, and interests in different cultures and philosophies, which have been synthesized into a unique visual language.
Known for his complicated, layered surfaces, he has recently been using a camera as a tool with which to draw. Developing a technique with different aperture openings and movement, then changing the values on the computer, he uses these images of light and energy as an armature for the paint which he weaves onto the surface. He structures the compositions like music, establishing rhythms, crescendos, and spaces to rest in, as the spectator passes from one side of the canvas to the other.
The different themes that he has been working with emphasizes both his universality and his excitement to be in South Africa, where he has recently started a center for the performing arts within the walls of his studio in Woodstock, Cape Town, Atelier AHA. He supports South African talent, both known and lesser known, giving them a platform from which to continue their evolution. Various of his portraits are of these artists, as well as IKapa Dance Theater who inspired the series “Passing through the Moment.”