Adam Parker Smith
Kidnapping Incites Years of Murderous Doom

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ADAM PARKER SMITH

KIDNAPPING INCITES YEARS OF MURDEROUS DOOM 

October 21 – November 19, 2017

OPENING: Saturday, October 21st from 6-9pm

 

The Hole is delighted to announce Kidnapping Incites Years of Murderous Doom, a solo exhibition of new works by Adam Parker Smithhis second with the galleryon view October 21 to November 19, 2017.  Taking Homer’s epic saga The Iliad as its point of departure, this body of work updates and explores Greco-Roman classical sculpture using materials such as mylar balloons, resin, fiberglass and EVA foam.

The exhibition title is a cheeky six-word paraphrase of The Iliad introducing us both to the classical theme and the conceptual artist’s distinctive sense of humor.  Using this ancient text as a thematic structure, Parker Smith explores formal concerns such as gesture and movement through the enigmatic transformation of material. While his first exhibition at The Hole featured store-bought balloons recontextualized, in this exhibition Parker Smith creates his own custom-made balloon shapes by cutting out mylar sheets himself. Lining the material with fiberglass and applying multiple coats of resin, he utilizes a one-way air valve to articulate the form of the sculptures, building them up to create human and vase-like shapes that reference Classical statuary.

In the first room of the exhibition, groupings of customized mylar balloon shapes are remixed into Spartan warriors, Odysseus, Prometheus or other Greek tropes.  Fifteen Greek vases fill an alcoved wall of the rear gallery, many of which are faux-bronzed to look recently unearthed from some sort of dig.  Equal parts Met Museum and 99cent store, this display of baffling objects in a stylized presentation collapses centuries of sensibility.  In the above piece, EVA foam is printed in faux-marble, fake bronzed on the back and then shaped into three undulating female figures holding vases. Is it a playful allusion to the impermanence of Classical materials and the oft-idealized historical representations of the female body, or is it a bizarre new sales approach at the vase store?

Underlying each piece is a sense of humor and sincerity derived from the artist’s obsessions, fears and desires.  Kidnapping Incites Years of Murderous Doom is a psychologically acute exploration into the tragicomic and perverse nature of artistic production and consumption.

Adam Parker Smith is a New York based sculptor. He attended Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. His work has been shown widely in the USA as well as internationally in galleries and museums including, Urbis, Manchester, England, Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery, Luxembourg, the Brooklyn Museum, Derek Eller, New York, The Hole, New York, Ever Gold Gallery, San Francisco, Honor Fraser, Los Angeles, Parisian Laundry, Montreal, Galerie Sho Contemporary, Tokyo, the Times Museum, Guangzhou, China, Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe, Austria, and the Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah, UAE. Smith’s work has been written about in, New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Art in America, The Village Voice, ArtForum.com, Modern Painters, The Boston Globe, The New Yorker and The New York Post.

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Faun with Vase, 2017, resin and fiberglass, mylar, steel, with wood base, 49 inches height, without base

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Amphora with Multicolor Base (Birth of Athena), 2017, resin and fiberglass, mylar, steel, with wood base, 17 inches height, without base
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The Archer, 2017, resin and fiberglass, mylar, steel, wood base, 60 inches tall, without base

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Hercules with Lion Headdress, 2017, resin and fiberglass, mylar, steel, wood base, 78 inches tall with base

 

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Hot a Hundred Days, 2017, resin and fiberglass, mylar, steel, wood base, 84 inches tall with base

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Poseidon, 2017, resin and fiberglass, mylar, steel, wood base, 108 inches tall with base

 

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Woman with Vase 1, 2, and 3, 2017, foam, steel, resin and fiberglass, 96 inches tall, each

 

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Search My Selfish Soul, 2017, resin and fiberglass, mylar, steel, wood base, 59 inches height, without base

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Nikosthenic Amphora with Depiction of Ailuros, 2017, resin and fiberglass, mylar, steel, wood base, 15 inches height, without base

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Nolan Amphora (Aegean Sea), 2017, resin and fiberglass, mylar, steel, faux bronze and iron with tiffany patina, wood base, 16 inches height, without base

 

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Amphora (Aegean Sea), 2017, resin and fiberglass, mylar, steel, faux bronze and iron with tiffany patina, wood base, 17 inches height, without base

 

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Amphora, Mares of Diomedes, 2017, resin and fiberglass, mylar, steel, wood base, 17 inches height, without base

 

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Amphora with Multicolor Base, 2017, resin and fiberglass, mylar, steel, wood base, 17 inches height, without base

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Nolan Amphora with Chevron (Aegean Sea), 2017, resin and fiberglass, mylar, steel, faux bronze and iron with tiffany patina, wood base, 16 inches height, without base

 

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Iron Amphora ( Aegean Sea), 2017, resin and fiberglass, mylar, steel, faux bronze and iron with tiffany patina, wood base, 17 inches height, without base

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Bronze Amphora (Aegean Sea), 2017, resin and fiberglass, mylar, steel, faux bronze and iron with tiffany patina, wood base, 17 inches height, without base

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Nepthene Vase, 2017, resin and fiberglass, mylar, steel, wood base, 28 inches height, without base

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Loutrophoros, 2017, resin and fiberglass, mylar, steel, wood base, 22 inches height, without base

 

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Alabastron, 2017, resin and fiberglass, mylar, steel, wood base, 22 inches height, without base

 

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Nepthene Vase 2, 2017, resin and fiberglass, mylar, steel, with wood base, 26 inches height, without base

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Not By the Hand of Man, 2017, resin and fiberglass, mylar, steel, wood base, 59 inches height, without base

 

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Prometheus, 2017, resin and fiberglass, mylar, steel, wood base, 165 inches height, with base