June 7 - July 14 August 25

Artist Opening Reception: Friday, June 7. 5-8pm.*
Reception coincides with Art 'Round Town monthly art walk in Portsmouth and the Artist Opening Reception for Factory Made.
Free and open to the public.
Extended Gallery hours on July 5 from 5-8pm for the Art 'Round Town art walk in Portsmouth.


I create "hybrid paintings" on lightweight plastic comprised of cut out abstract elements inhabiting space. Points of entry physically engage and suggest new ways of seeing. Suspended from the ceiling and walls, this work combines the formal concerns of painting while extending into space like sculpture, thus their hybrid nature. These installations question what makes a painting and how the viewer interacts with it.

Photo taken by Will Howcroft

Jason Stopa writes about hybrid painting in the January 4, 2018 edition of the online art journal, Hyperallergic. "This very approach might have something to do with the influence of performance invading the space of painting, in which mark-making is liberated from the traditional formal unity that previous paintings occupy...the funky, shaped, theatrical, baroque canvases of Elizabeth Murray and Frank Stella in the 1980s...grappled with the architectural space of the gallery and the conventions of a rectangular support, merging both geometric and expressive tendencies into a multi-planar site.”

Twist, turn, spin, leap – these words evoke the dance-like movements that inform the compositions. Expressing a physical experience of the world, they reach into the realm of both theater and child’s play. Referencing decorative elements and colors typical of mid-20th century women’s clothing, comic books, and street art, I use pattern, shadows and bold colors with sharply defined edges that suggest self-assertion. The use of simple and often ephemeral materials (paper and lightweight plastic) unapologetically champions the handmade.

About Adria Arch

Adria Arch is a painter and installation artist. Arch has had solo exhibitions at Danforth Art in Framingham (MA), the Art Complex Museum in Duxbury (MA), and the Hunt Gallery at Mary Baldwin College in Virginia. She has completed site specific murals at Lesley University's Porter Square building in Cambridge (MA), Stonehill College, and Danforth Art in Framingham (MA). Arch has been awarded residencies at Vermont Studio Center, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Sanskriti Foundation in Delhi, and in Auvillar, France. Her work is included in many private and public collections including the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Fidelity Corporation, and the Federal Bank of Boston. Her work will be featured in fall of 2019 at the Fitchburg Art Museum.

*Featuring a special performance by Luminarium Dance Company and saxophonist Ken Fieldduring the Artist Opening Reception on June 7. Click here to learn more.