Picture This

A community photographer has work in a prestigious juried show.

Matt Adams' Self Analysis

By Tim Brookover

Houston Center for Photography, located only a block from the Menil Collection, is an often-overlooked arts institution in the cultural landscape. But it’s a hidden jewel and always worth a visit for its exhibitions of local and internationally prominent photographers as well as photography auction and sales.

This month, the center holds the 25th edition of its prestigious annual juried membership show. One of the artists selected for the June 9-July 8 event is our community’s own Matt Adams. Adams’ work was chosen by show juror, Ann Wilkes Tucker, the esteemed photography curator of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

“Selection by her is a real honor,” Adams says.

A self-portrait of Adams.
The photos pictured here are from a series called Our Willful Battles.

“The body of work is a visualization of the inner child and the struggles that are occurring within one young man as he recognizes the impending loss of his own childhood naiveté,” Adams writes in his artist statement.

“This gradual process occurs in discrete steps delineated by introspection and decisions. These include the exploration of the male as destructor, the learning of religion, and the impacts of family.”

Adams will speak about his work on June 21, at 7 p.m., at the Houston Center for Photography (1141 West Alabama).

On June 23, Adams opens a show at Gallery 19 in the Heights (327 West 19th St.), which he organized with six other collaborating artists.


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