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Adam Pendleton For David

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Adam Pendleton
For David
, 2014
Silkscreen on stainless steel
122 1/8 x 62 1/8 inches

Based in Germantown, New York, Adam Pendleton (b. 1984) is an American conceptual artist whose multi-disciplinary practice includes painting, silkscreen, video, collage and performance. Language, particularly poetic language, and the re-contextualization of history through appropriated imagery are central themes to his aesthetic pursuits that are often subtly political in nature. In an effort to expand societal views Pendleton continually sets out to present new and alternative historical accounts of both the past and the present. Pendleton’s works have been exhibited at renowned institutions in New York such as the Whitney Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the New Museum and several prominent art galleries such as Pace Gallery in New York and Yvon Lambert Gallery in Paris.

For David was part of a solo exhibition of Pendleton’s work held at Pace Gallery in the spring of 2014 titled My Education: A Portrait of David Hillard (2011–2014). In line with his ongoing pursuit to challenge widely accepted historical accounts while shedding light on the views of those who are under recognized, Pendleton created a series of silkscreens on stainless steel as well as a video installation projected onto multiple large screens. Dedicated entirely to David Hilliard, an educator and the founding member of the Black Panther Party, the exhibit revolved around a filmed interview in which Hilliard revisits various neighborhoods in Oakland, CA, home to the Black Panther movement of the turbulent late 1960s. Aesthetically similar to three other untitled silkscreens on polished stainless panels, For David stands out for being the only abstract conceptual portrait of Hilliard. The work depicts whorls of water ruffled by the wind, an effect Pendleton achieved by spilling black paint over the stainless steel surface and allowing it to disperse and settle.

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