A D A M M Y S O C K | | | biography
(New Orleans, LA, b. 1983)
Adam Mysock was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1983 – the son of an elementary school English teacher and a lab technician who specializes in the manufacturing of pigments. On account of a steady stream of folk tales from his mother, his father’s vividly dyed work clothes, and a solid midwestern work ethic, he developed an interest in painting and drawing all things Americana from a very early age. Mysock earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting and Art History by 2004 from Tulane University. He then received an MFA from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.
After his studies, he became the mural coordinator for the City of Cincinnati’s MuralWorks mural program and worked as an adjunct drawing professor at Sinclair Community College in Dayton. In the summer of 2008, Mysock became a Professor of Practice at Tulane University where he currently teaches and maintains a studio. Mysock’s work has been exhibited in Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois, Georgia, Mississippi and Louisiana and is in private collections across the US, including those of Thomas Coleman and Michael Wilkinson. He was a 2009 jury winner in the annual No Dead Artists juried exhibition. On August 4th, 2012 he was awarded first prize “Best in Show” in the Ogden Museum’s Louisiana Contemporary Annual Juried Exhibition. Mysock exhibited at Pulse Miami Art Fair in December 2012 with Jonathan Ferrara Gallery and he was selected for the 2013 Edition of New American Paintings. Mysock was exhibited in a solo project booth at the VOLTA9 Art Fair in Basel, Switzerland where he was acquired by the SØR Rusche Collection.
The Last Six, Under Six, Murdered by a Gun in the Sixth
Late last year, a local news station was reporting on the shooting death of a 7-month old child. As part of their reporting, the anchor described that – since 2010 – 6 children had been “gunned-down” in New Orleans. I recognized some of the murder scenes she mentioned as locations within the Central City neighborhood, where I had witnessed the murder of an unarmed 16 year old a decade ago.
It turns out that four of those six children were killed in, or near, Central City – within the city’s Sixth Police District. In fact, one child had been gunned-down per year starting in 2010. Looking into the statistics further, I discovered that I had to go back to 1994 – one of the most violent years in our city’s history – to even find another child who had been killed as the result of gunfire.
The 16-year lull seemed huge compared to the short regularity with which kids are being killed now.
In order to draw attention to the children and the frightening timeline of their murders, I’ll be creating bullet holes in the gallery wall at measured intervals to serve as a timeline of sorts.
A portrait will be inserted in each as a reminder of a bullet holes’ effects – the last six children, under six years old, killed in New Orleans’ Sixth Police District.
Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun (Last Judgment) | | | statement
Anytime a gun is fired, a last judgment is generated; a shooter is making an irreversible assessment about their target’s worth and virtue. Anyone pulling a trigger assumes the God-like responsibility of ruling over another entity’s fate.
Unfortunately, too often that actuality is far more apparent to the target than it is to the marksman.
For this piece, I’m offering viewers the chance to voluntarily put themselves in the position of target in order to observe the last judgments inherent within a firearm.
Looking down the left barrel of the gun, one can see the good rising to enter the Gates of Heaven. Looking down the right, the evil being cast into Hell.
Through the lower channel, the viewer is supplied with a visual reminder of my earliest awareness of a gun’s finality – a vision of Bambi’s mother just before she’s shot.