Dec. 17 2014 10:31 AM

Experimental artist goes back to the beginning and inspires a new series of place-inspired pieces

Adam Belt
Photo by Kinsee Morlan

Adam Belt is an experimental, conceptual artist inspired by the Light and Space movement, but his newest body of work is an interesting return to his roots as a landscape painter.

"I'm kind of reexamining," Belt says, surrounded by new works in various stages of completion that are spread across his Carlsbad studio. "After the last solo show I had a year ago at [Quint Contemporary Art], I started wanting to do landscape paintings again. But now I also have 14 years of being an artist, and all these new ways of looking at things, so the work is kind of taking its own turns."

From 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, at Lux Art Institute's new Linda Formo Brandes Reception Gallery inside the Education Pavilion (1550 S. El Camino Real, Encinitas), Belt will show a handful of new pieces in an exhibition with San Diego artist Jay Johnson. While he's still working on a series of more traditional paintings depicting highly saturated Kodachrome landscape photos from the 1970s and '80s, the show will consist of more experimental works that have splintered off from his original idea of returning to landscapes.

The new series includes custom-made, three-dimensional topographic maps covered with a blend of fine glass beads and paint that reflects light in unexpected ways. Those same beads are used in his abstract flow paintings, which evoke beautiful, aerial landscape views.

"This isn't a huge departure, because my work always has natural process, phenomena and a little bit of landscape in it," Belt explains. "There's just always been this unfinished business when it comes to my landscape paintings."

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