what a day was this
March 8 – August 24, 2018
390 Park Avenue
Lever House Art Collection is pleased to present what a day was this, a site-specific installation by New York-based artist 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.