Slag Gallery is pleased to present No Rain, No Rainbows, an exhibition featuring
a new body of sculptures by Adam Brent.
Adam Brent’s sculptural assemblages combine new technologies and a range of
mediums to explore issues of nature, reflection, relationships and structure. In No
Rain, No Rainbows, Brent’s signature multi-faceted techniques are exemplified
through color infused sculptures in dialogue with themselves while drawing from
kitsch culture and decorative style. Comprised of hand-painted 3D objects, found
ceramic figurines, and carved wood – this exhibition further explores 3D printing
as a powerful sculptural medium, resulting in playfully inventive works.
With a deep understanding of this technology, Brent imbues a sense of mystery
in material as the 3D printed objects start resembling opaque cut marble, frosted
glass, and even hardened textiles. Integrated with found objects both local and
from his childhood home, his new series is saturated, refreshing, and deeply
nostalgic with undertones of dark humor. “This work is as much about new
aesthetics as it is about intense material exploration,” Brent explains. “I see what
I am making as modifications – improvements and careful extractions that get
combined into playful victories. I am taking already made objects and things and
finding the best parts to form a kind of mystic realism. This work is far from
idealist or reductionist, but rather a code of aesthetics rapt in nostalgia and a
deep exploration of new 3d printing technology.”
Whether it’s printing at different settings, painting the inside of freshly printed
objects with custom-built tools and brushes, or utilizing a blowtorch to melt off
areas for texture – Brent’s experimentation of this virtually unexplored medium
has created a body of work with pushes technology to its limit, to feel less
mechanical and more dynamic as sculptural potential.
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. His 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. Brent also
sits on the New York City Department of Transportation’s Art Advisory Committee,
and currently serves as Program Director; The BFA in Integrated Design at
Parsons School of Design.