Friday, April 4, 2014

NEW YORK: Adam Pendleton

Adam Pendleton, video still from My Education: A Portrait of David Hillard, 2011-2014. Image via 
April 4 – May 3, 2014

534 West 25th Street
New York, NY

From Pace Gallery press release:

Pace Gallery  is pleased  to  present  an  exhibition of  new  works  in  various  media  by  Adam Pendleton. On display in his first exhibition in New York since 2010, are four new 10-by-5 foot silkscreens on mirror polished stainless steel, a large “painting” made in black silicone as well as a video installation, My Education: A Portrait of David Hilliard, (2011-2014).

Adam  Pendleton  is known  for  his  investigations into uses of language and history,  through  works  that reconfigure and shift text and image to challenge accounts  recorded by widely accepted chronicles  and as a means  to present  the images and voices of those whose views have gone largely  under  recognized. He continues this practice in My Education: A Portrait of David Hilliard, a multiple large-screen v1deo installation filmed in Oakland, California in 2011.

The subject of this work, David Hilliard, is a lecturer, educator, and founding member and former Chief of Staff of the Black Panther Party.  In My Education:  A Portrait of David Hilliard, Pendleton films Hilliard as he takes the viewer through the Oakland neighborhoods that were home to the Black Panther movement, from the lots, houses, and storefronts where the Black Panthers set up free meal programs for the area's youth to the site of a fatal gun battle that took place on April 6, 1968, two days after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.  That day, in a confrontation between Oakland police and members of the Black Panthers, two policemen were seriously wounded, as were others on both sides of the battle, and Black Panther Treasurer Bobby Hutton was fatally shot. Recorded history states that the Panthers initiated the firefight through an ambush.  Hilliard, who was present at the time, states that the Panthers were followed and surrounded by police, who initiated the fight.

In quiet, contemplative tones and shot in black and white, My Education:  A Portrait of David Hilliard uses multiple camera angles to reveal different, contrasting views of the same subjects, and the film raises questions and invites  discussion about a fraught moment in American history that continues to ripple through society.  The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art provided the original funding for My Education: A Portrait of David Hilliard.

The exhibition also includes four works that look closely at the random and arbitrary disturbances that currents and wind play on the surface of water. The s1lkscreen ink on mirror polished stainless steel pieces, all from 2014, are studies of pattern and light that, through the reflective media, incorporate the viewer and environment  into the oversized panels. Three of the four pieces are untitled, and the last is For David.

Black Sun (2013-2014) is a work that inverts the expected. Based on a drawing of the sun by the late Sun Ra, the work captures the sun as a series of circles and whirls with jagged spikes that break out through the edges of the star. Cast in black silicone, Black Sun synthesizes the limits of representation and abstraction.

For nearly ten years, many contemporary thematic exhibitions have included work by Adam Pendleton (b.1984, Richmond, Virginia). Most recently his work was featured in the touring exhibition, Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art, which originated at the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston (2012- 2013).

Adam Pendleton has been included in significant  exhibitions in America and Europe including the Palais de Tokyo's La Triennale (2012), where his video  installation BAND was presented following its premiere at The Kitchen, New York (2010);  Ecstatic Alphabets/Heaps of Language, MoMA, New York (2012);  Greater New York,  MoMA  PS1, New  York (2010); The  Generational:  Younger  Than  Jesus,  New  Museum,  New  York (2010);  Afro-Modernism: Journeys  through  the Black  Atlantic, Tate Liverpool  (2010);  Manifesta 7, Trentino­ South Tyrol, Italy (2008); After 1968: Contemporary Artists and the Civil Rights Legacy ,  High Museum of Art, Atlanta  (2008);  Object,  The  Undeniable Success  of Operations,  Stedelijk  Museum,  Amsterdam  (2008); Manifesto Marathon, The Serpentine  Gallery, London (2008); Sympathy  for the Devil: Art and Rock and Rolf Since 1967, Museum of Contemporary  Art, Chicago (2007); Performa 07, New York (2007); Talk Show, ICA, London (2007);  Resistance  Is, The Whitney Museum  of American  Art, New York (2007);  Frequency,  Studio Museum   of  Harlem  (2005-06);   and Double   Consciousness:  Black   Conceptual  Art  Since   the   1970s, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston (2005).

Adam Pendleton's work is found in numerous  public  collections  including The Museum of Modern Art, New York;  the  Museum  of Contemporary   Art,  Chicago;   the  Carnegie  Museum  of  Art, Pittsburgh;  the  Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; the Museum of Contemporary  Art, San D1ego; and The University of Chicago, Illinois.

The artist lives and works in New York City and Germantown, NY.

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