Galerie Eva Presenhuber is pleased to present Adam Pendleton: Toy Soldier, the artist’s second solo exhibition with the gallery. Featuring new work, including three paintings, five collages, and a video, the exhibition is on view concurrently with Adam Pendleton: In Abstraction at Pace Gallery, Geneva. Together the two exhibitions speak to the range of his practice.
Adam Pendleton: Toy Soldier, installed in three black-box spaces, integrates multiple ongoing flows of writing and reading. In a new set of small collages, Pendleton combines geometric forms—circles and triangles—with metallic sprays, drips, and other shapes, conducting an improvisatory play of shadow and muted light. Opaque black cut- outs dance across the foreground of each work. Spray-painted gestures, here rendered in silver and obscured to near illegibility, create a through line with the spray-painted text of the Untitled (WE ARE NOT) paintings, in which a single phrase, “WE ARE NOT”, explodes into fields of combinatory language, filtered and modulated by overlapping lines that form ovals, triangles, and quadrilaterals.