Adam neese: cycle envy
January 13 - February 17, 2024
Ro2 Art is excited to present CYCLE ENVY, an exhibition of new work by New York-based artist Adam Neese. The exhibition will open January 13, 2024 and remain on view through February 17, 2024, at Ro2 Art Gallery, located at 2606 Bataan St., Dallas, TX, with an opening reception to be held January 13 from 7-10pm.
The moon exerts an undeniable force on earth- raising and lowering tides, providing illumination at night, and signifying the passage of time. In CYCLE ENVY artist Adam Neese proves humans are not exempt from this authority. The mythos surrounding the moon and its connection to humans has traditionally focused on female bodies; however, Neese takes a unique and introspective approach, using his male-body to show the influence of lunar cycles. The exhibition is deeply personal and a direct reflection of himself. Neese takes self portraits and records his body temperature to document the possibility of a synchronous relationship between male hormones, emotions, and bodies, and the moon. His works also contemplate time, progressively capturing the moon as it waxes and wanes and through long exposure self portraits taken while he sleeps. Neese’s beautiful photographs consist of direct, centered shots of the moon against empty skies. CYCLE ENVY serves to highlight the moon as a powerful, solitary force that is constantly changing and capable of great emotional influence.
About the Artist
Adam Neese is a photographer and artist who investigates place, mythology, and interaction with the landscape in his work. His bodies of work have been exhibited in numerous group, solo, and two person exhibitions nationally and internationally. Adam was an artist in residence at Arteles Creative Center in Hämeenkyrö, Finland in 2015, was the overall winner of Redbird Editions’ inaugural open call in Amsterdam, Netherlands in 2013, and worked with Cow House Studios’ Art on the Farm program in County Wexford, Ireland in 2013. He holds a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from the University of North Texas. Adam’s photographs are included in collections including Harwood International and Target Corporate Headquarters, along with various private collections.
Adam also works as a specialist with expertise in technical imaging for cultural heritage, fine art documentation, and architectural photography. He has held positions at the Menil Collection (Houston), Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), and since 2023 as the Senior Collections Photographer for Conservation at The Museum of Modern Art. Adam holds a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from the University of North Texas, both in photography. Formerly, he taught photography and studio art classes at the University of North Texas, College of Visual Arts and Design. Adam has led workshops in conservation photography at NYU’s Institute for Fine Arts Conservation Center, and he is currently the Chair of the American Institute for Conservation’s Imaging Working Group. Adam lives in Brooklyn, New York.
CYCLE ENVY is a project that brings into consideration the expectations I have of myself as a man-bodied person. Using images of moon observations, physical data of my body temperature each night, and long exposure self portraits made while I’m sleeping, I have been working to draw a correlation between the emotional or hormonal cycles I experience.