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May 24 -June 23
Opening Reception: Friday, May 24, 7-9 PM
Slag Gallery is pleased to present Adam Brent's Preserver, a solo show which consists of new work from the past year as well as a series of collaborations with the artist Jamison Carter.
In this exhibition, Brent’s second solo show at the gallery, the artist pushes both scale and process in his one of kind 3D printed sculptures and assemblages that continue his exploration of nostalgia mixed with technology. The dimension and buoyancy of these works—forms found in common pool floats and rafts, each reinterpreted and meticulously modeled with a CAD program—conduct both the viewer’s gaze and movement throughout the exhibition, while his collaborations with Carter bleed together via the high sheen and dark reflections of the plastic materials of which they are composed. Fastidiously assembled, this series of freestanding and wall sculptures seem to push the structural limitations of plastic 3D printing beyond its perceivable limits, the titular central sculpture spanning nearly 11 feet.
Brent began his exploration of the forms found in pool floats because of the lightness and joy associated with these seemingly innocuous objects. With his current work, these forms have come to reveal themselves as deflated and deformed, and both his individual and collaborative works seem to betray seeming hopelessness, the oozing colors of the glossy dark volumes coalescing into melancholic ripples and wrinkles. In contrast, the freestanding sculpture “Hope Floats II” ascends to 11 feet, narrowing as it reaches towards the ceiling, tightening its aperture and pointing to a hopeful vision and the prospect of the formal column’s end.
“I have increasingly used a parametric CAD application to develop completely novel forms as bodies for painting, since in 2012,” Brent says. “Painting inside these bodies emphasizes the materiality of the 3D printed PLA plastic surface and provides me with a technical and volumetric place to apply my paint. As I've become more familiar with the endless tech associated with 3D printing and digital modeling, I've come to think of this manner of painting as my unique and open zone in which anything that can be visualized can be realized—an essentially endless studio, so to speak, where I can create entirely new forms and bodies unknown to the world.”
Jamison Carter and Adam Brent met at Nova Noah’s Ark Project in 1997 where they risked their lives daily as well as fabricated and installed many humongous sculptures designed by the artist Nova Mihai Popa.
About the artist, Adam Brent:
Adam Brent received his BFA from the Maryland Institute, College of Art in 1995 and his MFA in sculpture from Parsons School of Design in 2001.
Adam Brent's work has been exhibited extensively including at Deering Estate, Miami, FL; Wave Hill, Bronx, NY; DNA Gallery, Provincetown, MA; Slag Gallery, NY; Thompson Giroux, Chatham, NY, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO; Wave Hill Public Garden and Cultural Center, Glyndor Gallery, Bronx, NY; Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning in Partnership with NYCDOT, Queens, NY; Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, CT.
Brent's individual and collective work has received critical attention from the Village Voice, L Magazine, The NY Press, Art Critical, The New York Daily News, Architect Magazine, Architizer, Artsy, Art Observed, and the New York Times
About the artist, Jamison Carter:
Born in North Carolina, Jamison Carter is an artist living and working in Los Angeles. His work includes sculpture, installation, painting, drawing, and printmaking. Generally working in various materials in purposefully mediated ways, the current body of work is drawing on the mediation between material and maker, process, and intervention.
Jamison has shown widely throughout Southern California as well as New York, Miami, and Italy. He received his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2001 and currently teaches Sculpture and 3D Design at Los Angeles Valley College. Jamison Carter is represented by Klowden Mann, Culver City, California.
About Slag Gallery
Slag Gallery is committed to present work by emerging artists and to support and sustainably nourish their careers. With this at its’ core, the gallery’s efforts concentrate on local and international exposure of works by artists in its’ roster, by providing the cultural exchange with art institutions and organizations, publishing catalogs, collaborating with other galleries, and participating in Art Fairs.
The artists of Slag Gallery have been included in a number of internationally recognized exhibitions, such as the Venice Biennale (2001), the Istanbul Biennale (2011), Prague Biennial (2011), along with exhibitions at museums and institutions such as PS1 in New York; The Drawing Center, NY; Brooklyn Museum, NY; Marina Abramović Institute, San Francisco; Kunsthalle Budapest (Mucsarnok); MODEM Modern and Contemporary Art Center, Debrecen; National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest; MKM Museum Kuppersmühle, Duisburg; Kultur Fabrik, Luxembourg; Brukental Museum, Sibiu; The Museum of New Art, Detroit; NJMoCA; Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Israel; Queens Museum of Art, NY; Birmingham Museum of Art: Boulder MoCA; the Islip Museum of Art, NY; Marfa Contemporary, TX; Kunsthaus Worms, GE; Kunstverein Viernheim, GE.
Slag Gallery was inaugurated in June 2008 in Chelsea, NY, and in 2012 the gallery moved to Bushwick.
Artist: Adam Brent
Address: Slag Gallery, 56 Bogart Street, Brooklyn, NY 11206
Dates: May 24 - June 23, 2019
Opening Hours: Thursday - Sunday 1-6PM
Monday - Wednesday by appointment
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Irina Protopopescu at Slag Gallery
Tel: +1 212-967-9818