David Adam - Filter
Opening: Friday, October 19th 2007, 6 p.m.
Duration: October 19th - November 24th 2007
Whereas Adam has been working especially with photography during the last years, he is now devoted to painting. In his current show "Filter" he presents new works which depart from a photographic view but sample the possibilities of painterly transmission.Adam carries consequently forward the exploration of painting which he already introduced in 2006 in the exhibition „Polenjob" (at Galeria BWA, Zielona Góra, Poland). These earlier paintings were very much engaged with formal differences to photography, such as curved shapes of the canvases with an almost object-like character or the all-over presentation of digital pixels of a photo-camera that were pushed forward to the point of painterly abstraction.
However, Adam's irritating play with painting becomes more subtle now.The photographic sample, even if it is only the view of a trained photographer which is unavoidably a part of the artistic development, rests a major part of Adam's work. This is also the case with one of the central works in the show, „Romario und Leon", which refers to a press-photo in which the faces of the people were made unrecognisable.
The conflict between presentation and disguising is even pushed forward in Adam's work. Illusionist pictorial space and planeness of the surface of the canvas start an interplay. The extension to the complete image takes place only in the head of the beholder. Adam's newest works present a bewildering mixture of a pictorial presentation of concrete objects and the disguising of their actual information and identity. The observer is thus placed in the paradox and desperate position to recognise less when he looks closer than at the first glance of spontaneous identification.