Creatures Found stems from a simple place: the child-like experience of looking at the world and imagining what it can be rather than what it is. In this series of photographs, Adam Thorman finds particularly animate rocks, plants and objects and presents them frankly for the viewer to engage with. Thorman’s creatures are a simple matter of perception, always existing as exactly what they are, while coming alive when you suspend disbelief and imagine.
Adam Thorman was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He received his BFA in Photography from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University in 2003 and his MFA from Arizona State University in 2009. His work has been exhibited nationally, including at the Sam Lee Gallery in Los Angeles, Pictura Gallery in Bloomington, IN and the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, AZ. His work is in the permanent collection of SFMOMA. He has taught at Prescott College in Arizona, Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division, workshops at Kala Art Institute and he is currently teaching photography at The Athenian School in Danville, CA. He lives and works in Oakland, CA.
Adam is also one half of Loop Arts, a new arts organization in Oakland, CA. They received an Alternative Exposure grant in 2011 and they run a grant for artists to print for exhibitions for free.