Transforming The Landscape
Adrienne Pierluissi has been working as a painter since 1987. Starting with figurative work and developing her approach to this material over 17 years, she made a radical shift to abstraction in 1999. Unique in its non-representational imagery, the visual nature of these new paintings was located somewhere between that of Abstract Expressionism and Geometric Abstraction. The course of this evolution in Pierluissi's art was suspended from 2001 to 2005, while she raised her two sons. When she returned to the canvas in 2005 it produced a complete break from all of the earlier work- a series of 30 singular images that focused on tight variations of a rectangle. These were exhibited in Milwaukee during 2007. Since then, she seems to have been driven to make up for lost time, developing a rapid set of moves from one area of visual exploration to another- mainly in different series- that focus on another unconventional approach to the investigation of abstract content. Every collection has produced an extreme leap in its graphic direction from the one that preceded it.
Now comes the boldest creative initiative in Adrienne Pierluissi's career- Poppies: Four Seasons, a 6 year project that explores the seasons' impact on the image of this flower: 4 sets of 13 innovative landscapes, large in scale and incorporating text as well as a variety of abstract methodologies. The first installation will be held at the Jeff Leen Farm, September 20, 2015. This exhibit will be followed in the order of the seasons: one in February 2016, May 2016, July 2016, all in different outdoor settings, natural and man-made. Each presentation will include all 52 paintings, mounted on welded steel and placed in a 300 foot line that will begin with the current season and move in sequence through the quarterly cycle, Autumn ending with Summer, and so on. The entire project will culminate in a final 340 foot circle, presenting the collection at a public park in Bayview, Milwaukee during one day in September of 2016.
During the course of its evolution, the entire development and production of Poppies: Four Seasons will be visible at this website. In addition, the complete project- from the process of painting to the creation of the outdoor installations- will be documented and published in a book that features photographs by Tom Caldart and a series of interviews with the artist.