Adam Fulwiler is a painter from Green Bay, Wisconsin. He received his BA in painting from the University of Wisconsin Green Bay in 2017 and is a current MFA candidate at the University of Arkansas. Fulwiler’s work investigates the employment of multiple systems of obstruction and chance. Currently his practice is also based in fictional writing. The writing is being translated into formalist visual structures to create emotional, spatial, and sensational signifiers based in affect. He has shown in exhibitions in Arkansas, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Tennessee.
I am interested in making paintings in response to language and poetics. The work begins with writing short abstract fictional stories based of my own and work by painters that I admire. The stories are centered on a figure that has physically entered the painting and is traveling through it. When making the painting in response I will sometimes draw from one line of the writing and others from an entire paragraph. The translation process provides structural restriction on my way of working. Formalist structures of line, shape, color, and shading become emotional, spatial, and sensational signifiers each lending their qualities to the poetics and affect of the writing. I am also questioning how the history of painting could be referenced in the text. What styles, perceptual methods, and form of inventive imagery are required for a certain passage? I am intrigued by the contradictions that begin to show up in the work lending themselves to multiplicity in meaning. I am boiling down the text into an experience. One painting doesn’t answer all the questions; it is within the relationships between multiple paintings installed together.