“Art by Constraint” Documentary on PLNU’s David Adey Premiers Tonight on KPBS

Friday, January 17, 2014

With the opening of his innovative and progressive exhibit, “Hither and Yon” on January 11th, PLNU’s David Adey has certainly been busy. The solo exhibit, which opened at Scott White Contemporary Art in La Jolla, California, was accompanied by the premier of a full-length documentary on Adey that same evening. 

Dale Schierholt’s film, “Art by Constraint”, premiered before a full crowd at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in La Jolla. The full documentary will air on local television tonight at 9pm on San Diego’s KPBS, channel 15. A preview can be viewed here: https://vimeo.com/76911164.  

Additionally, throughout the day, KPBS will feature interviews with Adey on the radio at 89.5fm during the KPBS “Morning Edition” and afternoon “All Things Considered” programs and during the 5pm and 6:30pm broadcasts of Evening Edition on KPBS TV.

Since January of 2013, Adey has committed his full attention to creating the immense body of work contained in “Hither and Yon” during a yearlong hiatus from the classroom. This sabbatical allowed him to serve as the first ever artist-in-residence at Scott White Contemporary Art. Throughout this process, Schierholt documented Adey through film and interview. Schierholt successfully captured the essence of the exhibit and Adey’s methodical process within the bounds of a self-realized constraint.

In “Hither and Yon”, Adey utilizes a diverse range of materials and techniques to investigate the concept of constraints as a metaphor for the human condition. Adey admits that it's often the constraints and boundaries he sets for himself during the conceptualizing phase that inform his work. “Constraint gives you something to push up against. A tool to make creative decisions” says Adey. With this approach Adey is able to find not only artistic freedom, but also a common thread that unites these seemingly tangential mediums. 

A 1994 graduate of PLNU, Adey received his Masters of Fine Arts at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan in 2002, before returning to his alma mater as a member of the faculty in 2003. “Hither and Yon” runs at Scott White Contemporary Art through February 15, 2014.