The Anacostia Community Museum
presents the one-man show Exercise Your MyndBK Adams I Am Art on view Aug. 22 through Nov. 27the largest compilation of his work to date. The exhibition features more than 50 works of art, including towering sculptures, large-scale paintings, photographs and a video incorporating materials such as found objects, acrylic paint, toys, furniture, wood and visuals in an exuberant mix of color and form. Most were created in BK Adams former studio in historic Anacostia.
Between 17 and 19 years of age, Adams was the brains behind a blueprint courier service and the Soap & Water Inc. janitorial company; later in life, he was the proprietor of The Eye Opener Coffee Shop and Working Man Truckin movers. To these endeavors he brought a clear sense of self as a creator and innovator, one who saw a way that others did not see. It is that other way of seeing that Adams brings to his work as an artist.
BK Adams challenges his viewer to see the world not as it is, but as it might be, said Portia James, curator of the exhibition. Adams calls the viewer to get involved with art. The Art Man, as he is known, has a faithful Washington following built from his practice of pop-up public art where he places sculpture in unexpected places throughout the city. His mantra 100% mynd use encapsulates his philosophy on art and life as he demands both himself and everyone else to think and be creative.
The exhibition is the first of three multipart presentations comprising the museums Call & Response: Community and Creativity Initiative that examines and highlights the expression of creative actsfrom traditional arts to the artistry of roller skatingthat can be found in everyday community life. The second and third parts will run Dec. 12March 18, 2012, and April 2, 2012Aug. 5, 2012, respectively.