Adam Pendleton: Becoming Imperceptible
MCA Denver is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition Adam Pendleton: Becoming Imperceptible, the largest solo presentation of the artist's work to date. Including film, wall paintings, ceramics, and silkscreens from the past eight years, the exhibition presents Pendleton's work as a collision between aesthetic and historical concerns.
Drawing upon landmark literary texts as well as works from the history of modern art, Pendleton's work references political and cultural movements of the 20th century such as the pre-war Avant-Garde, the Civil Rights Movement, Minimalism, and Conceptualism.
The exhibition's title, "Becoming Imperceptible," suggests how Pendleton's work, in borrowing from so many other sources, operates as a counter-portrait. In contrast to traditional portraits, which contextualize a subject within a setting or against a background, Pendleton's works abstract the people, literature, films, and words they depict. With collage, layering, and repetition, among other formal techniques, Pendleton distorts his subjects, prompting the viewer to recognize and reconsider familiar cultural referents and perceive them anew.
Image: WE (we are not successive), 2015. Silkscreen ink on mirror polished stainless steel, 46 13/16 x 47 x 5/8 inches. Courtesy the artist and Pace Gallery, New York.