Anya Tish Gallery is pleased to announce the return of Adela Andea’s stunning, mesmeric light sculptures and installations in the artist's third solo exhibition with the gallery, On the Left Side of Mercury. Andea’s work gives life to the child-like wonder of space exploration that has compelled the residents of Earth since the Middle Ages. With a commanding physical presence and a sublime spirit, the artist creates environments that are simultaneously grandiose and immersive.
Diverting industrial materials like flexible neon lights, fluorescent tubes, Plexiglas rods, and plastic coils from their intended use and into her own personal cosmos, the artist becomes a creator of artificial life, constructing a world somewhere between fantasy and science. Frosted plastic spheres become inverted craters, while colorful, geometric debris orbit the piece, simulating the gravitational pull of planetary shrapnel to the surface. Mirrored structures reflect the possibility of ice deposits on Mercury, and the fluidity of the vivid electrical currents illustrate the intense solar radiation experienced as the nearest planet to our galaxy’s sun. Fluctuating between the biological, celestial, and technological, Andea’s sculptures and installations work to redefine the conventions of what we know the scientific world to be, and what we hope to uncover about our universe in the future.
Adela Andea received her Masters degree in 2012 from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, becoming the inaugural graduate of their New Media program. Her work has been featured in several museum exhibitions, among them The Grace Museum, Abilene, TX; The Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, TX; and The Museum of Geometric and MADI Art, Dallas, TX; as well as in such venues as Women and their Work, Austin, Texas; Art League Houston, Houston, Texas; Blue Star Contemporary, San Antonio, Texas. Andea has been invited to participate in the 2015 International Kinetic Exhibition and Symposium in Boynton Beach, Florida, on view in February. Her monumental, site-specific light installations have been wonders of art fairs in Texas and Florida, and her work can be found in several national and international private and corporate collections.