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Adam Mysock
A Surmountable Problem Writ Large

2020

About the Item

After: The Young Beggar by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (c. 1645-50) and Approaching Thunder Storm by Martin Johnson Heade (1859) The main character of this painting finds himself mired in a pond as a sizeable storm approaches, and yet – instead of standing up and removing himself from the trouble – he chooses to focus on the discomfort of his wet clothing. This child, attending to a minor nuisance rather than enacting a permanent solution, stands in as an icon of our current sociopolitical leadership – leadership which has defined our modern reality by its preference for constantly kicking the can on major issues (climate change, income inequality, various forms of discrimination, and so much more) as the rest of us are left to watch from the shore. ADAM MYSOCK was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1983 - the son of an elementary school English teacher and a lab technician who specialized in the manufacturing of pigments. On account of a steady stream of folk tales from his mother and his father’s vividly dyed work clothes, he developed an interest in narrative and representative painting from an early age. Mysock earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting and Art History in 2004 from Tulane University and an MFA from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 2007. After his studies, Mysock taught at the university level for nearly a decade, including as a Professor of Practice at Tulane University. In 2016, he and his family moved back to Cincinnati, where he currently serves as coordinator for Manifest Drawing Center. Mysock’s work has been exhibited throughout the country and is in private collections across the US, including the 21c Museum, Beth Rudin DeWoody, Ruslan Yusupov, Thomas Coleman and Michael Wilkinson. He was introduced to Jonathan Ferrara Gallery as a jury winner in the 2009 No Dead Artists annual juried exhibition. In 2012, Mysock was awarded first prize “Best in Show” in the Ogden Museum’s inaugural Louisiana Contemporary Annual Juried Exhibition, exhibited for the first time at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans, and concluded the year exhibiting at Pulse Miami Art Fair with Jonathan Ferrara Gallery. By 2013, his work was selected by curator Miranda Lash for inclusion in that year’s southern edition of New American Paintings, and was exhibited in a solo project booth at the VOLTA9 Art Fair in Basel, Switzerland (where he was acquired by the SØR Rusche Collection). In 2014, Mysock had a solo exhibition in the VOLTA NY Art Fair in New York. In 2016, Mysock’s work was featured in a Baroque and Contemporary group exhibition from the SØR Rusche Collection, Oelde/Berlin at Kunsthalle Jesuitenkirche as well as in a solo exhibition entitled When Everything Was Wonderful Tomorrow at Galerie Andreas Binder in Munich, Germany. His work was also featured in EXCHANGE, an international exhibition at Galerie Jochen Hempel, Berlin. Furthermore, Mysock was recently selected as one of two recipients of the fifth Manifest Artist Residency (MAR) Award through Manifest Creative Research Gallery upon his return to his hometown.
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