ROCKLAND — Portland-based artist Ryan Adams speaks about his CMCA-commissioned mural, providing insight into his text-based painting practice with Executive Director and Chief Curator Tim Peterson in a free gallery talk at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art Saturday, Dec. 4, from noon to 1 p.m. The artist talk will be held in-person at CMCA, 21 Winter St., and streamed simultaneously on Zoom.

Adams’ abstract, text-based paintings and murals grew out of his early graffiti practice. His 33-foot-long mural, “Switch the Code,” on display at CMCA through Jan. 9, is rendered in Adams’ signature “gem” style that deconstructs words and phrases into geometric patterns. The mural’s title refers to the cultural practice of code-switching, where individuals change their speech, behavior and/or appearance to be seen outside of stereotypical assumptions and be accepted within a majority culture.

Adams’ show at CMCA, “Lessons,” is his first solo museum exhibition. In addition to past exhibitions at SPACE (Portland) and the Rochester Museum of Fine Arts (Rochester, N.H.), his work was prominently featured in the recent exhibition “Untitled: Art from Maine in a ____ Time” at the Portland Museum of Art.

Admission to the in-person gallery talk is free for museum guests and free to the public online. Registration for the Zoom event is available at

This programming is made possible in part with support from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.