Here at Nook, we have a passion for people, places and properties. There is a reason that we say people first, for what makes a neighborhood special if not the people who live there? Welcome to #TastemakerTuesday, where we’ll feature the visionaries in our favorite nooks who are dedicated to building a better community through their talents.
Normally we cover great names in architecture, design or take the term “tastemaker” literally and bring a local restaurant or brewery to your attention. This week, however, we found someone quite different to profile. When you see Benjamin Adelmann’s contribution to the interior of this Sherman Oaks home, you’ll immediately understand. Following the midcentury ideal of letting the outside in, Adelman’s paintings don’t just fit into this gorgeous home’s style, but are integral to its success.
The left wall holds his work in perfect harmony with the taller windows and French doors, so that with the right lighting, it’s hard to know what is paint and what is nature. Then warm mauves and purples offer a calm backdrop to dining or relaxation on the right side. Indeed, Adelman’s art is so perfectly poised within the home that it’s clear these pieces were chosen or commissioned in conjunction with interior designer Matthew Finlason. They work together very well. An exterior photo displays how Adelman coordinated his color palette with the pool, and make for enjoyment of the paintings even while outside.
Then there’s a live/work residence in NoHo, thoroughly modern with light walls and neutral furnishings. For this home, Adelman took a different path. Instead of integrating his work with its settings, he uses color very specifically and purposefully to make statements. His paintings bring stories to the walls, but ones that are just vague enough to keep your imagination alive, allowing each resident and guest to fill in the blanks of subjects. You can tell by the last photo in this series that Adelman was inspired by the organic shapes he knew would be present, so that his work reflects the plant life that exists inside the home.
His work is based in epistemology, a philosophical study of knowledge, justification and rational thinking in belief systems. His inspirations, including Wade Guyton, Annie Lapin, Callum Innes, Theaster Gates and Trudy Benson are masters in both process based painting and abstract landscapes. I can see how I search for narratives and meaning in his works yet are also perfectly happy to just enjoy their beauty and movement.
Perhaps nothing expresses his artistic expression of nature than his project Giologica, watercolors of rock and mineral studies. I love that he says this is “for unassuming geology lovers everywhere” because if you hover over an image, you see how excellent his painting skills really are. Like his other collections, these rock paintings leap off the canvas and at a glance appear to be the real thing inside a frame.
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Photo credit: Benjamin Adelman