Location: WSOHOIDPS | 2690 Via De La Valle | Del Mar, CA
Date: Saturday October 18th
Time: 6 - 10pm

Addison Stonestreet (Artist In Residence)


The work I create is about embracing my Tourette's syndrome. I view my Tourette's as an advantage not a disability. It's a unique quality that I bring to my art, my thinking and how I express myself. It's all I've ever known. It is who I am. It's not treated with medication and it's not treated as a disability. I don't use it as an excuse. It's something I deal with everyday.

Every new day brings a new path in life. Much like cyclic weather changes, my Tourette's syndrome can be characterized by moving or recurring cycles. I incorporate weather patterns to express a feeling of chaos or harmony that evokes some kind of emotion. Air is equilibrium. Air represents movement. It can be light and breezy as the breath of spring or carry the power of gale force winds. Even the atmosphere needs rest, so in creating art, I seek ways to give my tics temporary respite from my never-ending movement of Tourette's.

The ideas and influences that inform my work come from the fringe culture lifestyle I live. Because I am a skateboarder, I am influenced by pop culture, a varied non-mainstream fashion sensibility, and individualism that comes with the sport. It's a melting pot of style, taste, and behavior.

My process is to trust my instincts as I develop each piece, combined with a chaotic layering process consisting of drips and intentional mistakes that are a result of my tics. Whether that be representational symbolism or physical mark making, these gestures blend with a unique style of street, traditional, and contemporary materials.

Addison Stonestreet is an artist based out of Kansas City. He received his BFA in Painting from the University of Kansas. He is currently participating in the residency program at A SHIP IN THE WOODS where his work will be on display at the nonprofit’s annex space, WSOHOIDPS, in Del Mar, California.