Adam McEwen


graphite mounted on aluminum panel
28 inches diameter; 1 1/8 inches deep

Acclaimed British-artist Adam McEwen’s work delicately balances the triumphant with the solemn. Utilizing laser cut graphite since 2007, McEwen works the mineral to explore ideas of consumerism. In Untitled, the artist depicts a circle with the texture of shipping-grade particle board. The graphite mimics the wood-composite by way of trump l’oeil effect, subtly referencing the Renaissance technique. Through the graphite’s cool color and surface, the objects’ appearance deadens, transforming into a celebration of its formal properties. Adam McEwen has had solo exhibitions with the Goss Michael Foundation, Dallas; Marianne Boesky, New York; Nicole Klagbrun Gallery, New York; Galerie Rodolphe Janseen, Brussels; and Art:Concept, Paris. He has appeared in group exhibitions such as the 2006 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, as well as exhibitions at the Guggenheim Museum, New York; Gagosian Gallery, London; New Museum, New York; Bortolami, New York; Blum & Poe, Los Angeles; and Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris. In 2010 he curated Fresh Hell at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris. Adam McEwen studied at Christ Church, Oxford, and California Institute of the Arts, Valencia. He lives and works in New York City.