Pocket Utopia is pleased to present a solo exhibition of work by Adam Simon. By keeping a deliberately open focus between his painting and public projects, Simon has explored broad networks for the dissemination of art (Four Walls and the Fine Art Adoption Network) while simultaneously pursuing a personal poetry of painted subdued surfaces that both achieve and conceal evidence of the artist’s hand.
One could say that the paintings investigate the commonality of all human experience, were it not for the specificity of the images, which warns us that we are dealing with a prescriptive form of contemporary western culture. These are ‘generic moments,’ derived from the low end of commercial stock photography. In addition to the paintings the exhibition will include a wall-sized installation of 15 years worth of arranged acetate silhouettes, the forms from which these and other paintings were made.
In conjunction with the exhibition, Adam will host a salon discussion and show a video. On Thursday, March 12th Dissociationism—an art movement at the end of the millennium a 40-minute video ‘documentary’ will be screened, starting at 7:00 pm, with footage of David Zwirner, Pat Hearn and other luminaries from the New York art world of the early 1990s. On April12th Simon will talk about his studio and public practices, including his involvement in Fours Walls and the Fine Art Adoption Network, starting at 4:00 pm.
For this exhibition, Pocket Utopia will by open on Fridays from 12 to 6 pm.
Pocket Utopia is a relational exhibition, salon and social space run by artist Austin Thomas.