Amazing art by Adam Parker Smith

Adam Parker Smith is the author of amazing art on the wall, colorful and intriguing of understanding. he is an American artist based in Brooklyn, New York.

Adam Parker Smith once said, “I feel like so many of my ideas start out as jokes, for better or worse.” He confesses that the subjects of his irreverently funny works are often culled from his fears, longings, obsessions, crushes, and causes of jealousy, though he’s also been known to buy ideas from his friends. Smith works with sculpture, video, assemblage, collage, and what he calls “a mixture of animated and static painting,” or paintings that have a mechanized component. Smith also likes to involve others in the creation of his works. In fact, his best-known work is Thanks (2013), an installation composed of items that he had clandestinely stolen from 77 artists over the course of many studio visits, including sketchbooks, tools, videos, and artworks. (The installation was mounted with Smith’s confession and the artists’ blessings.)

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Adam’s work first debuted at the Hole in “Not a Painting”, a group show that looked at paintings made without paint; essentially wall works made from everything but paint that referred to painting or were contingent upon the tradition of painting for their logic. Adam’s wall works use a wire grid as the substrate through which are woven various “brush strokes” of material and color with directionality and resonance. Some combination of Ghery-esque folds of faux laminate usually form the meat of the composition, with sketchy loops of jump rope spiraling about; mylar balloons cast with resin pop in, as do fake foods, fake bronze, fake candles, fake flowers. One combo here incorporates twists of green neon amidst an ouroboros of rainbow trout balloons.

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The works are frontal and painterly and modestly 3D, a bit like a relief; a bit like Frank Stella’s late and jazzy assemblage paintings in intent and pizzaz, and questionable taste. Adam certainly has a penchant for the tacky, and the works are not without a sense of humor. They seem to throw a lot of undesirable cultural debris in our face and make us countenance its awfulness, but then surprise us with unexpected beauty and interest. I’m extremely drawn to these works, they dazzle with the quick visual fix of fake flowers and shiny balloons; but the strange thing about them is when so much “faux” is arranged into an artwork, it tips the scale back to being real, a real grouping of objects and en masse a new and real thing again.

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Some of his sculptures are humanoid stacks of resinated mylar balloons, balanced on faux garden rocks and surrounded by stretches of pea gravel. Weightless looking, but quite solid, the sculptures’ illusion of buoyancy mimics the dynamism of classical sculpture that somehow makes marble look like striving human bodies, and perhaps deflates that idea. While the artist is inspired by classical works like Augustus of Primaporta, the Artemision Bronze, the Venus de Milo or Winged Victory, to contemporary eyes the works evoke perhaps a sagging Koons balloon sculpture, or to a non art person, a birthday array the morning after. Like the wall works the sculptures aren’t transcending their materials, they are kind of unapologetically chintzy, but owning it. At different angles the effect changes: on approach the sculptures are perfect and temporary fake loveliness, and on the back as they recede you see the messy reality of how they were made and yet simultaneously their permanence.

 

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