Installation view, Adam Pendleton: what a day was this, March 8 – August 28, 2018, Lever House Art Collection, 390 Park Avenue, New York © Adam Pendleton / 2008-2018 Lever House Art Collection

Artist Projects

Adam Pendleton

what a day was this

Lever House, New York

March 8 – August 28, 2018

Lever House Art Collection is pleased to present what a day was this, a site-specific installation by New York-based artist (opens in a new window) Adam Pendleton (b. 1984). The installation establishes a spatial and conceptual dialogue with the transparency and reflection of the iconic modernist architecture. Pendleton groups together works from his OK DADA OK BLACK DADA OK and System of Display series, along with two multi-paneled silkscreen ink on Mylar works.

Pendleton engages with language, abstraction, and identity through a wide range of media, including painting, sculpture, writing, film, and performance. Here, he has installed a layered selection executed in black silkscreen ink and spray paint together with a floor-to-ceiling piece, which the artist refers to as a Wall Work, applied directly to the wall. Juxtaposing geometric shapes, fragments of painted and mechanically reproduced text, pictures of masks, book pages, and historical photographs, Pendleton simultaneously indexes and conflates his sources, critically examining the resonance of ideas from varied aesthetic and theoretical perspectives.

  • Artist Projects — "Adam Pendleton: what a day was this" at Lever House, Feb 27, 2018