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ADAMS, DEAN
ADAMS, DEAN
MONTANA
I use the image of the penis combined with other imagery to create icons of a new paradigm contrary to popular cultural attitudes of male sexuality and to comment on kitsch. The penis birds are playful and humorous. Humor allows me to be more subversive. They violate a taboo born out of mainstream cultural connotations expressing male sexuality as characterized by abuse, domination, pornography, and narcissism. I intend my pieces to act as metaphors representing uninhibited phallic sexuality, which is negative to neither males nor females.
My work is made using molds appropriated from hobby ceramics and made from objects I purchase from junk/antique stores, toy stores, and adult shops or objects I sculpt. Each object becomes a letter in my alphabet or a word in my vocabulary. By combining two or more of the images, I re-contextualize them into a new icon to be experienced in an art experience.

"The Keith Haring Journals" (by Robert Farris Thompson: "Erography, as opposed to pornography... transforms sex in a script of liberation, so that many can benefit, partaking of the freedom and the energy, whereas porn plays for single customers."

1996
1995.96Resident Artist/Technician, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, Montana
1988.90Studio Assistant, Jun Kaneko, Omaha, Nebraska

EXHIBITIONS
2009 All China Wood-fire, Xi’an Architecture University, Xi’an, China
Magnificent Seven, XYZ Gallery, 798 District, Beijing, China
Dean Adams, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio
MSU/UM, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, Montana
Bottle Invitational, Lawrence Art Center, Lawrence, Kansas
MSU Faculty Show, Emerson Cultural Center, Bozeman, Montana
Made At Kent, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio
Yunomi Invitational, AKAR, Iowa City, Iowa
Invitational, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio
2008 Western Sundry, curated, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, Montana
The Bird/Homage to Brancusi, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Bunny McBride Legacy, AKAR, Iowa City, Iowa
Wood-fired Sculpture, The Clay Studio of Missoula, Missoula, Montana
Yunomi Invitational, AKAR, Iowa City, Iowa
2007 R. Duane Reed Gallery, SOFA/NCECA, Louisville, Kentucky
Line to Volume, Southeastern Indiana University, New Albany, Indiana
Reflections of the Body, Gallerie Hertz, Louisville, Kentucky
ANA 35, Holter Museum of Art, Helena, Montana
Ring of Fire, Emerson Center for the Arts & Culture, Bozeman, Montana
2006 Man Vs. Woman, Holter Museum of Art, Helena, Montana
Erotik Neurotik, Elise Mankes Studio, Marblehead, Massachusets
LH PDX, in conjunction with NCECA, Portland, Oregon
Invitational, 20+1 Years of Tozan Kilns, Flagstaff, Arizona
2006 Faculty and Visiting Artists, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts
2005 Coupled, Robert A. Peck Arts Center, Riverton, Wyoming
Unzipped, The Chait Galleries, Iowa City, Iowa
Borrowed Curiosities, Beall Park Arts Center, Bozeman, Montana
Rudy Autio Celebration, Phantom Gallery, Butte, Montana
Group Show, The Danforth Gallery, Livingston, Montana
2004 New Works, Artworks Gallery, Bozeman, Montana
Group Show, The Galleries Downtown, Iowa City, Iowa
MSU Faculty Show, Museum of the Rockies, Bozeman, Montana
The Bray In Spokane, Past Residents of the Bray, Spokane, Washington
Group Show, Neil Estrick Gallery, Grey’s Lake, Illinois
2003 Erotic Art, Galerie Move, Den Haag, Netherlands
21st Century Ceramics, Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, Ohio
ANA 32, Holter Museum of Art, Helena, Montana
Woodfire Invitational, Artworks Gallery, Bozeman, Montana
Clay West: 2003 Intermountain Invitational, Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art,
Utah State University, Logan, Utah
Just Bowls, Artworks Gallery, Bozeman, Montana
Art of the New West, Daum Art Museum, Rapid City, South Dakota
2001Sculpture II, Fifth Element Gallery, Portland, Oregon
The Magnificent Five, Phoenix Rising Gallery, Seattle, Washington
Pour It, Artworks Gallery, Bozeman, Montana
Clay Invitational, The Art Spirit, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
The Western Garden, Artworks Gallery, Bozeman, Montana
Archie Bray Foundation Show, Cube at Becco, Kansas City, Missouri
2000Invitational Cup Show, Fifth Element Gallery, Portland, Oregon
Mug Shots II Invitational, Artworks Gallery, Bozeman, Montana
Dean and Shannon, Bill McIntosh Gallery, Billings, Montana
Northwest Ceramics Invitational, Museum of the Rockies, Bozeman, Montana
Invitational Ceramics, Artworks Gallery, Bozeman, Montana
Archie Bray Foundation, Beall Park Art Center Lobby, Bozeman, Montana
National Teapot Invitational, Ryan & Maclean Tea House, Helena, Montana
1999Popular Culture and Gender in Art, 19th Annual Gender Studies Symposium,
Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon
Mug Shots, Artworks Gallery, Bozeman, Montana
Light, Color and Subversive Souvenirs, MSU Exit Gallery, Bozeman, Montana
Dean Adams and Shannon Williams, The Reineke Visual Arts Gallery, North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dakota
1999 All Shook Up, Fifth Element Gallery, Portland, Oregon
Ceramics Alumni Exhibition, Stanley Gallery, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
Put a Lid On It, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Whitewater, Wisconsin
Kitschy Kitschy Coup II, Studiolo Gallery, Iowa City, Iowa
1998 Put a Lid On It, Appalachian Center for Crafts, Smithville, Tennessee
Kitschy Kitschy Coup, Studiolo Gallery, Iowa City, Iowa
1997 Bull In a China Shop, Muu Gallery, Helsinki, Finland
Anything That Pours, Appalachian Center for Crafts, Smithville, Tennessee
The Culture Club, Las Vegas Art Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
NCECA Clay National, Barrick Museum, Las Vegas, Nevada
1996 The Sex Show, The Other Gallery, Banff, Alberta, Canada
Rendezvous!, Museum of Nebraska Art, Kearney, Nebraska
Ceramics USA, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas
Resident Show, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, Montana
Art in the Garden, Lee Morrison Gallery, Missoula, Montana
Frances Senska and Her Students, Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana
1995Fall Resident Show, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, Montana
University of Iowa Show, NCECA, Concordia College, Minneapolis, Minnesota
MFA Thesis Show, University of Iowa Art Museum, Iowa City, Iowa
1993Feats of Clay VII, Gladding, McBean, and Company, Lincoln, California

PUBLICATIONS
Sex Pots: Eroticism in Ceramics, 2003, by Paul Mathieu
21st Century Ceramics In The United States and Canada, 2003, edited by Bill Hunt
Nat, 2003, by Tessa Bekker
Ceramic Art and Perception, #77, Fall 2009, page 41
Ceramics Monthly, March 2007, page 28
At Home, Bozeman Daily Chronicle, June 2007
Confrontational Clay, 2008, by Dr. Judith Schwartz


COLLECTIONS
Candice Groot
Sandy Besser
Kent State University
Tony Waller and Robert Yoblonski
Robert and Suzanne Taunt
R. Duane Reed and Glenn Scrivner
Doug and Dale Anderson
Arthur Williams
Archie Bray Foundation
Gladding, McBean, and Company
Daniel Jacobs
Gilbert Milliken
Robert and Debbie Burger
Jim Kolva and Pat Sullivan