Welcome to Scribd. Sign in or start your free trial to enjoy unlimited e-books, audiobooks & documents.Find out more
Standard view
Full view
of .
Look up keyword
Like this
0 of .
Results for:
No results containing your search query
P. 1
"Eight Portraits of Adam Fieled"

"Eight Portraits of Adam Fieled"

|Views: 64|Likes:
Published by Adam Fieled
A collection of eight portraits of American artist Adam Fieled.
A collection of eight portraits of American artist Adam Fieled.

More info:

Categories:Topics, Art & Design
Published by: Adam Fieled on Feb 18, 2013
Copyright:Attribution Non-commercial


Read on Scribd mobile: iPhone, iPad and Android.
download as PDF, TXT or read online from Scribd
See more
See less





 Eight Portraits ofAdam Fieled
One simple fact about the Philly Free School is that we never did formal photoshoots
if someone happened to have a camera, they’d take pictures, and that was all. It
 just so happens that the two contributions here from Abby Heller-Burnham were taken
on the same night, some time in the winter of ’02 into ’03. The first shot, of me solo, was
taken at a Radio Eris show where I also played a bunch of songs, at a venue between 18
 and 19
on Chestnut which has since c
losed and whose name I don’t recall. It was a
restaurant/bar. I remember playing one of the Godheads songs I had around in highschool
“Mr. Gruff.” The second, of myself and Mary Harju, was taken at my flat at 154
North 21
Street (21
and Race). Mary and I were sitting on the couch in the little livingroom. Another shot, of Abs and Mary on the same couch, was taken by me that night
and has since been lost or misplaced. When Mary and I visited Montreal in August ’03,
we had someone anonymous snap this portrait of us in the Montreal Botanical Gardens,which wound up being our favorite Montreal haunt.
Backtracking, I believe Mary’s portrait of me in Clark Park in West Philadelphia
(directly across the street from 4325 Baltimore Avenue, where she lived) w
ould’ve beentaken in the spring of ’02. The acoustic guitar would’ve been Mary’s; I was wearing my“Got Keats?” tee
It’s another instance where I seem to remember taking somepictures of Mary too, but they’ve been lost. As for the four portraits ta
ken by MattStevenson
Matt was a very strange bird. He had a plethora of latent gifts he didn’t use
one was for photography. The two portraits taken at Main Street West (a.k.a. Webster Street Studios, at 11
and Webster in South Philly) were taken the same night, at
the outset of recording “Ardent” in early ’04. The yellow pants I bought with
Mary at
Urban Outfitter’s in ’03— 
I tried them on and exclaimed, “I feel like Brian Jones!” I
picked up the Celtic Cross I was wearing in State College in the late Nineties, wanting toadd some color to my wardrobe. Still, the ensemble I have on here is the sartorialequivalent of chaos theory. The close-up portrait from the side is more striking
itcaptures a sense of dynamic tension and weird aesthetic balance in the context of bohemian life.
Matt was reasonably competent at Photoshop “doctoring” too— 
he took a
portrait of me at 154 in ’05 and
the “space” effect to it. The final shot, taken the
day we made the Apparition Poems video at the Eris Temple
in March ’10, Matt doctored
for a sort of white-
wash effect. Like Abby’s portrait of me, it captures the odd, loopy
quality my eyes create on film, when shot from the right angles. Other shots came up ascandidates
Amy King’s of me reading in Brooklyn ’07
, different shots taken inChicago
but I found, ultimately, the Philly shots to be the most representative. Like the
portraits of Abby, they’re more than mere documents; they’re works of art in their own
right. The Philly Free School wound up being well-rounded, in spite of our idiosyncrasies,addictions, and intermittent manias; the collective PFS body of work is not genericallynarrow or limited by a constrained vision. The intrigue, for me, is what else may beunearthed over the course of the next decade. Abby, in particular, was prolific enough sothat a new avalanche of quality material is feasible. If Mary, Matt, and the rest have some
hidden gems too, I wouldn’t be surprised. In the arts, fertile times are fertile times.
 Adam Fieled, 2013
Fieled, by Abby Heller-Burnham,

You're Reading a Free Preview

/*********** DO NOT ALTER ANYTHING BELOW THIS LINE ! ************/ var s_code=s.t();if(s_code)document.write(s_code)//-->