BAHM: 2.22.17 Adam Pendleton
Adam Pendleton (b. 1984, Richmond, VA) is a New York based conceptual multi-disciplinary artist working in painting, publishing, photographic collage, video and performance. He focuses on a literal and figural engagement with language, often re-contextualizing European, African and American aesthetic and cultural movements such as Minimalism, Dadaism and Black Lives Matter. In 2012, at 28 years old, he became one of the youngest artists to be represented by Pace Gallery in New York. He has exhibited work at the Whitney, the New Museum and the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, among others. He was also included in MOMA PS1's 2010 iteration of the Greater New York exhibition. His largest solo exhibition yet, Adam Pendleton: Becoming Imperceptible, is now on view at MOCA, Cleveland through May 14, 2017.
Pendleton’s show at MOCA, Cleveland gets its name from the philosophical works of Deleuze and Guattari, and presents his work as counter-portraiture. The show features the ongoing series of paintings, Black Dada, that bring together the radical intentions of the Dadaist movement to challenge traditional forms of art making and the sociopolitical issues presented by the 1964 poem Black Dada Nihilismus by beat poet Amiri Baraka. Pendleton’s contribution to the Greater New York exhibit was a series titled, Alienation of Labor, taken from Guy Debord’s 1963 Situationist work. It includes drawings appropriated from the 1950s African Independence Movement and film stills for Jean-Luc Godard’s 1996 film Made in U.S.A. that were silkscreened onto large mirrors and accompanied by an audio component, Abbey Lincoln and Max Roach’s 1963 composition “Tryptich: Prayer/Protest/Peace.” The works are framed within an ethos of experimental gesture, which creates the possibility of politicized framework.
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