Adriano Valeri 2019

Primary Medium



473 Porter Ave
Studio 23
Brooklyn, 11211

Artist Statement

In my paintings I examine the post functional character of urban ecosystems. Specifically, I focus on the marginal spaces which collectively become an ever more important percentage of the global land area. The compositions and subjects I describe reflect the globalized and rapidly homogenizing nature of the earth’s surface, characterized by spaces whose only function is to create distance between buildings and roads, are difficult or undesirable to access, or have ceased to be profitable for an industrial or agricultural use. These unassigned areas are themselves laboratories of biodiversity, collecting the effluvia of human action, mass produced materials and infrastructure necessary to support us and enable our activities. Plants and animals, often feral or nonnative, which indirectly depend upon us, are abundant, our reactions to these life forms might be hostile, empathetic, or merely indifferent. I’m interested in how these marginal spaces teem with unintended interactions that result from our massive presence as a species and have developed a personal narrative style to convey that.


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