b. 1974 in Lancaster, California
Currently lives and works in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Ren Adams is a multimedia artist who works with video, experimental photography, installation and sound. Her concept-heavy bodies of work often deal with media-memory and she is interested in the deconstruction of self as it encounters media, especially the wonderful, terrible sublime of remixed anxiety, loss and media avatars. She has an MFA in Visual Art from Lesley University College of Art & Design (in 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 she is a professor of Fine Art at Southwest University of Visual Art in Albuquerque. Her recent solo exhibitions include Will You Remember us (in this Half-Life)? (2019), Twilight Sleep (2018), Channeling – Televisual Memory and Media Séance (2017), Zero Hour (2017), Poppy Receding (2017), and Whitespace-Bluespace - Televisual Memory and the Implied Catastrophe (2016). Recent group exhibitions include: Fragments, the Basement Films 14th Annual A/V Show, Flatline – 2D & the New Depthiness, fourteenfifteen kickoff, BigTiny, Print is Dead, 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, WIPzine, The Bombay Gin, e-ratio, The Hand Magazine, First Class Lit and Fickle Muses (2017-18). Ren 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.