Kim Adams is considered one of Canada’s leading contemporary sculptors. He has produced a highly original body of work in sculpture and installation and is the subject of numerous books and catalogues. He has exhibited extensively throughout Canada and internationally since the late 1970s and his work is well represented in many collections, both private and public, including the Art Gallery of Ontario, The Art Gallery of Hamilton, The Winnipeg Art Gallery, the National Gallery of Canada, and the Centraal Museum, The Netherlands.
He harnesses his and our imaginations, melding the everyday; the hardware store, the wrecking yard, the model maker’s store, to create substantial and thought provoking works, from small models to large scale installations.
Adams is the current recipient of the Iskowitz Prize. For his winning exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Kim Adams, Recent Works, Feb. 20 – August 11, 2013, he has made two new works: Travels Through the Belly of the Whale, is Adams’ larger sculpture in the Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Sculpture Atrium on the main floor. Adams describes the genesis of this piece as “set in motion by the permission inherent in miniature worlds… Its depiction of place is pure, hyperbolic visual narrative, where our species’ mobility perpetually expands and contracts, colonizes, converges, separates and departs.” Artist’s Colony (Gardens) is a more modestly-scaled sculpture in the Thomson Collection of Ship Models gallery on the concourse level. http://www.ago.net/kim-adams-recent-works
In 1997 Adams was invited to participate in the prestigious international exhibition Skulptur Projekte 97, Münster, Germany. His major work for that project, which includes many of the world’s foremost sculptors of the late 20th century, is Auto Office House, permanently installed on the flat roof of a former 1950s gas station, now the Café Gasolin. http://www.muenster.de/stadt/tourismus/pdf/skulpturen2009_en.pdf
The maquette for Auto Office House was made in conjunction with the Munster Project and exhibited originally at the Westfälisches Landesmuseum, Münster, (Westfalian State Museum of Art and Cultural History)
Adams’ Maquette for Mini-Ride, a 1/16 scale model die cast of brass and zinc was created referring to his full scale 1983 work Mini-Ride: Victoria BC,which was comprised of salvaged car sections from two original Austin Minis.
Exhibitions from 2002-2012: on the archived WTG site.