SUMMIT, NJ - The Kent Place Gallery will present an exhibition of art by Seth Adelsberger, beginning October 18 and running through November 18. There will be a reception for the artist from 6 - 8 p.m. on October 21. 

Adelsberger’s abstract paintings in “Compression Artifacts” present intense, impacted and colorful surfaces, their visual richness offering the viewer both pleasure and surprise.

“Adelsberger’s work, while functioning fully as painting, underlines the ambiguity of how visual phenomena are processed in digital media,” stated Kent Place Gallery Director Ken Weathersby. “An object made carefully and specifically for contemplation, like an abstract painting, may be more relevant than ever now, and possibly more desired as a beautiful and one-of-a-kind thing, yet our experiences of paintings are often not of an object at all, but of a disembodied and infinitely repeated image on a screen.”

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An unusual sanding process in Adelsberger’s work reveals a dense patchwork of layered brushstrokes. This leveling eliminates the presence of dimensional paint, drawing a corollary to contemporary painting’s dual existence as both a physical object and a flattened digital image.

“The term ‘Compression Artifacts’ refers to a noticeable distortion of media and data loss resulting from lowering an image or video file’s resolution and quality,” said Adelsberger. “Typically, a painting’s ‘history’ remains unseen. These works compress time, confounding the order in which each layer was executed, while simultaneously show a cross section of how the paint was applied. The remaining unified plastic surface serves as an encrypted record of how a painting is made.”

Seth Adelsberger lives and works in Baltimore. He holds a degree in fine art from Towson University. Recent solo shows include the Front Room at the Baltimore Museum of Art, Night Shades at Ltd Los Angeles and Surface Treatment at Springsteen Gallery, Baltimore. Adelsberger was the recipient of an Individual Artist Award (Highest Honors) in Painting from the Maryland State Arts Council. His work has been featured in New American Paintings as well as numerous group and solo shows across the United States.

The Kent Place Gallery is on the campus of Kent Place School, located at 42 Norwood Avenue. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information call 908-273-0900, or visit kentplace.org.