Over the past number of years Adam Fearon has established a distinct vocabulary through a series of intricate, highly accomplished exhibitions. Having graduated in summer 2014 from the Städelschule in Frankfurt where he studied under the tutelage of Peter Fischli and Simon Starling, it is with great excitement that the NR Projects announces the exhibition Dwell, Fearon’s latest large scale sculptural work. This will inhabit the gallery at Bergstrasse 22 and offer a specific response to the architecture of the space.
Blending an organic vocabulary with the rigid parameters of the walls and windows of the gallery, Dwell consists of a sculpture that emanates out from the walls of the space, along with a number of printed photographic elements. Wood previously used for other installations has been ground down to sawdust and with this Fearon employs a delicate, work-intense method of creating a dense, molten fabric by mixing this sawdust with glue. The resulting material renders the three dimensional into the two dimensional and in turn echoes a somewhat proto, or Ur-photography.
The layout of the exhibition gallery and its windows create a vitrine and Fearon employs a similar strategy as the one he previously employed at his exhibition at Sololanotte in 2013 and earlier this year in the Musuem für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt in which the view from the outside becomes as important as the view from inside, with the approach to the gallery offering a temporary coherence that is broken upon entering into the space of the NR Projects exhibition space.
The precise though fluid seeming arrangement of the material brings to mind a baroque aesthetic that extends out from the flat austerity of the walled space. This surface tension, along with the photographic elements also displayed, is in line with Fearon’s on-going sculptural use of photography which this exhibition expands upon and develops in this new context.