Location: Carlsbad, California
Featured Work: You Deceived Me and I Was Deceived (Black)
Source: 2017-2018 CIVA Sourcebook
From curator Michelle Westmark Wingard.
Adam Belt’s beautiful light and created rainbow work examines reality and perception.
Describe your featured work.
You Deceived Me and I was Deceived is a functioning rainbow created using glass beads adhered to a panel rather than rain droplets. As the viewer moves in front of the piece, the rainbow moves with them and appears to float in front of the surface of the panel. This work is one in a series of three: one black, one gray, and one white. The titles are derived from three different translations of the opening line of Jeremiah’s Lament (Jeremiah 20:7) and speak to the differing experience of each. The black version, You Deceived Me and I was Deceived, shown here, is more dramatic than the other two but haunting with its dark background. The gray version, You Seduced Me and I was Seduced, is more subtle and alluring. While the white iteration, You Enticed Me and I was Enticed, is much more subtle and ethereal than the other two, similar to a corona in the sky.
My artistic practice is a religious vocation resulting in works and projects that are a contemplation of physical and phenomenological aspects of our world, the cosmos, God, and religion.
What are you making now?
In the studio I am working on a series of reflective surface paintings that reference the landscape. These paintings react with light as viewers walk in front of them revealing myriad rivulets and flow patterns. Earlier this summer I completed a large installation titled A Religious Experience,
based upon an earlier work of the same name, for a traveling pop-up museum called Wonderspaces (wonderspaces.com). They have managed to reach a much broader audience than the typical art audience so it has been fun witnessing the interactions and reactions of visitors to the show. More recently I began developing ideas for a temporary public art commission with Tidelands, the Port of San Diego’s art division, with plans to exhibit the work in early 2018.
Why do you belong to CIVA?
Just as we are asked to gather together in fellowship with other Christians in our churches and cathedrals, I believe it is important that Christian artists gather together to support, encourage, and engage fellow believers pursuing a creative vocation.
Adam Belt lives in Carlsbad, California. He received his BFA from the University of San Diego in 1997 and completed his MFA from Claremont Graduate University in 2001. Adam’s work has been exhibited at a variety of museums and galleries locally and nationally including the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; the La Jolla Athenaeum Music and Arts Library; Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville Arkansas; Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New York; and Wonderspaces, a traveling exhibition.