Looking to plan out which shows you’ll be checking out? Let us suggest heading uptown to Petzel Gallery. New York-based artist Adam McEwen is set to show for the first time at Petzel Gallery’s Upper East Side location. Opening January 22 and on view through February 16, the exhibition coincides with an installation of recent works at Lever House on Park Avenue, which runs January 30 through May 2019.
The new series at Petzel represents an evolution for McEwen, expanding his practice into more prosaic, but also more challenging, territory. The works unpack and activate McEwen’s signature graphite sculptures, which are mounted on rough plywood faced with aluminum and coated with an image of the subjects of the sculptures themselves.
The objects present in McEwen’s assemblages are so ubiquitous one’s associations are likely to go beyond the physical or aesthetic. Shot in the artist’s studio, McEwen uses materials at hand as backdrop, items that were used by McEwen for the purposes of creating precise, digital models for their graphite doppelgängers—a thermostat, a hotel door handle with card reader, a Styrofoam food tray—return and compete as subjects in two dimensions, all captured under the flash of an iPhone.
Read the full press release here.
Petzel Gallery is located on the third floor of 35 East 67th Street between Madison and Park Avenues, New York City. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 AM–6:00 PM.
top image // Adam McEwen TBT (Thermostat), 2018, Inkjet print and graphite on lusterboard, 37.5 x 50 inches, courtesy of Petzel Gallery