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Today we’d like to introduce you to Adam Zalabany.

Adam, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I’ve been making art in some form most of my life. I just didn’t know that I was doing it. It’s always been this quiet expression that didn’t have any intention behind it, but a way of getting closer to finding out who I am.

I moved to LA from England about 10 years ago I had no real agenda. I didn’t come here to be an ‘artist’. I don’t think I could have even imagined what that would look like. I was just following a path through life as it appeared. I’d had a nomadic upbringing and that really influenced my adulthood, so moving to a different country on a whim didn’t faze me at all and I had a couple of friends here at the time so that was enough to start.

LA could have been anywhere, it didn’t really matter. I just wanted to be somewhere else and maybe that would get me closer to feeling settled inside myself, but I’d never know if I stayed where I was. The art was something that simmered in the background. On scraps of paper on lunch breaks and hidden pads of paper at home. It was a way of doing something that made sense to me when so much else didn’t. I began working casual jobs that allowed me flexibility and time to go home and work on things. Write. Draw. Whatever came. Gradually I’d spend more and more of my free time on my own, exploring these private worlds. Still not knowing why I was doing it and with the subtle fear that I was wasting my time and should be focusing on something more sensible.

But now, as I’m sharing and exhibiting more of my work the relationship I have with the whole process is evolving. It’s something that’s alive and something that’s so rewarding and challenging all of the time.

I started showing my work publically last year, applying to artist-calls and doing group shows took me around Los Angeles and New York. I hosted my first solo show that summer at a small studio in Atwater Village which was a great success and an introduction to my work for a lot of people who had only seen it on Instagram. Doing live shows is the other aspect of making the work. It’s where everything comes to life.

2017 felt very much like a transitory year in my life where old things were shed, old ways of thinking, people, things… I was very conscious of reducing things in my life, planting seeds of what I want to happen and finding belief in myself by breaking my comfort zones. So far, this year has been about placing the building blocks onto that newly cleared surface and I’m very happy with the direction of things and excited to branch out with my work in interesting ways.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
Talking about my work is still one of the most difficult and least enjoyable parts about being an artist because the work is already the articulation that I couldn’t express another way. And once the expression is communicated I’m onto the next one, just as I would be when I speak. It’s an instinctual language that I can use to communicate a series of nonlinear thoughts and feelings without the need for context.

I work almost exclusively with pen and ink on illustrations and paintings that explore dimensions between my internal and external reality.

I explore perception, duality and balance, spiritual mechanisms through abstract analogy, symbols and text.

How can artists connect with other artists?
It can be very lonely. But I think that’s more just an option these days. Instagram would be my first suggestion to make connections with other artists. And it’s perfect if you’re just gaining confidence and want to stay at a safe distance as well as for making and maintaining stronger contacts with supporters of your work and other artists because regardless of the craft, we’re all essentially going through the same thing.

Apply to artist-calls for group shows like Pancakes and Booze, or RAW. You’ll get experience showing your work with artists at different levels and puts you in a supportive environment to grow.

I’m very open to being contacted and meeting more people, so feel free to reach out.

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
I’ll be displaying work as part of a group exhibition in New York at Le Poisson Rouge on April 24th and back in LA for my Solo Pop-Up show in Atwater Village on May 5th. I’m very excited for the pop-up because it marks a huge transition for me and the way I think about my work and how I can use it to relate to others in a public domain.

New work will be exclusively available on the night and then on my website and instagram.
MAY 5th, 7pm at CRUX 3197 Glendale Blvd

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Personal photo credit: Xavier Rodriguez

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