Adams Puryear ( he/him/his )

Artist Statement

My work merges craft traditions with unexpected modes of sculpture and installation.  By approaching 3D art from different perspectives and using a variety of materials and techniques, I present visions of today and tomorrows’ internet dependent culture of convenience.

I borrow core strategies from the punk music I grew up with.  The technical aspects of bands like the Ramones or Stooges are minimal and straightforward: a few simple guitar chords and unadorned drum patterns.  But what is evoked in the feeling and attitude gives the music its lasting effect.  Can anyone really do better than Iggy Pop, high on acid, smearing peanut butter and glitter on himself during a song in front of thousands of people?   Within my artwork I try to reflect this attitude and style of Iggy and the other punks by reducing my work to the elemental which allows me greater focus for the energy I wish to evoke.


Adams Puryear is an interdisciplinary artist and educator based in Kansas City, Mo.  His work explores the Internet’s convoluted information systems and tactile approaches of its representation.  Adams holds an MFA from Indiana University, Bloomington and a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art.  Puryear’s work has been featured in and around New York City in solo and group exhibitions where he was formally based, nationally in galleries and museums such as the Nelson-Atkins in Kansas City, Mo and the Kennedy Museum in Athens, OH, and internationally at galleries such as Galerie Christine Mayer, Munich, GR, and museums like Icheon World Ceramic Center in South Korea.  He is currently a lecturer at the Kansas City Art Institute.