b. 1974 in Lancaster, California
Currently lives and works in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Ren Adams is an intermedia artist who works with video, experimental photography, installation, performance and sound. Her concept-heavy bodies of work often deal with the relationship between media, memory and trauma—and she is interested in the deconstruction of self as it encounters media, especially the wonderful, terrible sublime of remixed anxiety and media avatars.
She has an MFA in Visual Art from Lesley University College of Art & Design (Cambridge, MA) and a BFA in Studio Art from the University of New Mexico. Adams exhibits internationally and regularly publishes art, poetry and critical writing. She's also a UC Berkeley Alumni Scholar, a frequent visiting artist, lecturer and juror, and a professor of Fine Art at Southwest University of Visual Arts. Adams actively participates in collaborative projects and also co-hosts the Mad Lab experimental cinema/video art night at Guild Cinema with Beth Hansen.
Her recent solo exhibitions and video/audio collaborations include do you recall with James Lawrence, Will you (ever) Remember us? and June Haunting with audio by Dave Parley of Prayers, Space Prom with audio by KAREN, Will You Remember us (in this Half-Life)? (2019), Twilight Sleep (2018), Channeling – Televisual Memory and Media Séance, Zero Hour, and Poppy Receding (2017) and Whitespace-Bluespace - Televisual Memory and the Implied Catastrophe (2016). Recent performances include: A Message from the Hidden with John Morgan, Unearthing, Face me in this Ruin (multiple) and Watch us Get Hurt (multiple) (2018-19). Recent group exhibitions include: Altar, the Basement Films 15h Annual A/V Show, Mad Lab Experiments 1 - 3, BigTiny 2019, Resilience Colloquium 4, New Electron Salon, Memory (Ruin), Fun-a-Day (2019), Fragments, the Basement Films 14th Annual A/V Show, Flatline – 2D & the New Depthiness, is that a photograph?, BigTiny, Print is Dead, Print (Matters), Fun-a-Day, Vestigial – art about Obsolescence, Electron Salon, One Year Down, ABQ Abstracts (2018), 3rd Global Print, Axis Mundi, HereThere: Poetics of Place, Electron Salon, Group 6, Showcase of Contemporary Art, When I was your Age, and Prints by Southwest (2017). Recent publications include: Process, The Bombay Gin, e-ratio, The Hand Magazine, Fickle Muses (2017-19).
Adams is the former president, coordinator and publicist of several local arts organizations and she received a merit award from the Art Institute of Boston (2013).
Adams is also a member of the New Media Caucus, Basement Films, and the L.O.A. collective, which operates fourteenfifteen gallery, an experimental art space in the Barelas district, Albuquerque, NM.
In addition to her studies in the visual arts, Adams also earned a degree in English (Antelope Valley College and UC Berkeley), mentored under Thom Gunn and Charles Hood. Her writing often collides with her visual work, and she has appeared in numerous publications, including BROAD!, e-ratio, Atom Mind, Tokens: A Subway Anthology, Poetry Motel, Potpourri, The Great Blue Beacon, and Mother Road.