The exhibition will be comprised of five new paintings from the artist’s Black Dada series. Made by photocopying reproductions of Sol LeWitt’s Incomplete Open Cubes, begun in 1974, that are then cropped and subsequently enlarged, transforming the reproductions into abstract broad-bands, Pendleton pairs the lines with capital letters drawn from the words BLACK DADA—a quotation from LeRoi Jones’ 1964 poem “BLACK DADA NIHILISMUS.” Through the formal and conceptual juxtaposition of seemingly unrelated material Pendleton composes abstract, concrete compositions that draw into question linear readings of two different yet, as played out in the space of each work, related lineages.
Adam Pendleton (born 1984, Richmond, USA) lives and works in New York. Recent biennials and exhibitions include A Promise is a Cloud, Public Art Fund, New York; Greater New York, MoMA P.S.1, New York; Modernism and the Black Atlantic, Tate Liverpool; The Generational: Younger Than Jesus, New Museum, New York. His works are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburg and Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, amongst others.