The artist’s book Elements of Me was published in conjunction with Adam Pendleton’s 2020 exhibition at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. In the installation, three primary shapes—square, triangle, and circle—produce regions of abstract space. On the page, these regions exist as unprinted “neutral” areas in dialogue with the source materials for the artist’s works on Mylar and mirror-polished steel. Concealed or masked, the drawings, paintings, and photocopies refuse straightforward legibility, gently probing the history of visual display and the shifting statuses of foreground and background.
Adam Pendleton is a Gardner artist-in-residence based in New York, whose work is animated by what the artist calls “Black Dada,” a critical articulation of blackness, abstraction, and the avant-garde. Drawing from an archive of language and images, Pendleton makes conceptually rigorous and formally inventive paintings, collages, videos, and installations that insert his work into broader conversations about history and contemporary culture.