Adam Pendleton

These Elements of Me

Nov 21, 2019–Feb 1, 2020

In These Elements of Me, Adam Pendleton presents a single large-scale work: a 46-part grid of the artist’s collages silkscreened on Mylar, drawing together his writing, drawings, and pages from books in his personal library into layered compositions.

Exhibition Details

Adam Pendleton
These Elements of Me
Nov 21, 2019 – Feb 1, 2020


Itaewon-ro 262

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Adam Pendleton, These Elements of Me, 2019 © Adam Pendleton

Pace Gallery is pleased to present Adam Pendleton: These Elements of Me, the artist’s first solo show in Korea and his sixth with Pace. The exhibition comprises a single large-scale work: a 46-panel grid of compositions silkscreened with black ink on clear sheets of Mylar. Derived from Pendleton’s collages, the titular work is part of an ongoing series that incorporates the artist’s own writings and drawings as well as found materials, such as historical photographs and pages from books in his personal library.

In These Elements of Me, a play of repetitive, incomplete, and unresolved propositions—“I AM NOT THE”…“BUT NOW I AM”…“BUT NOW WE”…“THE NOW I AM”…“BUT WAS THE”—unfolds in uncanny dialogue with shapes, marks, hatching, and reproduced images. These visual forms intrude into the compositional space of the words, at times disrupting their legibility. Masks and sculptural figures from African cultures feature prominently in the series, alluding to the relationships between Modernism, abstraction, and colonialism. Rereading and overwriting, masking and re-masking, Pendleton allows opacities to accumulate and proliferate, refiguring the transparent lightness of the Mylar support while disrupting any overarching sense of semiotic clarity.

For me, the object itself is not finite or complete. It’s really a point of departure. It’s this idea I always come back to, which is about viewing the object as a site of engagement. I’m interested in finding a mid-space location, which is maybe how revolutions start.

Adam Pendleton

Another point of departure is Black Dada Reader (2017), Pendleton’s compendium of texts and images which have long informed his work. In early handmade iterations of the Reader, Pendleton used transparent plastic pages to delineate the passage from one text to the next, allowing the transparent material to serve as both a dividing screen and a site of interchange and overlay. In his new work, the Mylar functions similarly, but through the gridded presentation on the wall the texts and images circulate and interact freely and in totality.


Adam Pendleton

Adam Pendleton uses historical and aesthetic content from texts and visual culture to critically examine the resonance of ideas from varied cultural perspectives, including social resistance movements and Dada, Minimalism, and Conceptualism.

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Seoul — Adam Pendleton, These Elements of Me, Nov 21, 2019–Feb 1, 2020