ADAM BALL THE SPACE IN
5 SEPT - 4 OCT 2014
The Goss-Michael Foundation is pleased to present 'The Space Between,' a major solo show of new work from British artist Adam Ball. Curated by The Future Tense, the show opens to the public on Friday 5th September with the show continuing through October 4th, and will see the debut of a series of new and highly anticipated works across a range of different mediums. Expanding on previous themes, The Space Between sees Ball working with a new sense of scale and urgency as he confronts mankind’s inexorable desire for progress. Through an intensive process of layering and combining source material including lab-produced slides of his own DNA, man-made mechanical parts and images from the natural world, the artist has created his own unique visual language – at once abstract yet somehow instinctively familiar. With recent advances in genetic modification, nanotechnology and biomechanical augmentation illustrating the increasing influence of science over nature, Ball is careful not to make judgments, but rather to envisage these possibilities and interactions. His work is informed both by the imagined aesthetic implications, as well as the ability of artists to play an uncensored role as creator and commentator.
Adam Ball states, ‘whilst researching this body of work I was struck both by the way many of the building blocks of life – be they natural or man made – could be distilled to simple motifs, and how by playing with context and scale, everything can conceivably be interchangeable. By choosing how to layer, combine and modify these technically incompatible images, and by working predominately in charcoal and on a large scale, I found I could respond almost instinctively, blurring the boundaries between laboratory, studio and gallery.’
Kenny Goss recalls noticing Adam in 2003 when he was featured in the Evening Standard’s “Bright Young Things - London’s rising stars”. "Looking back now, he has definitely lived up to that billing. Adam is not only a good friend, he is a talented artist and much beloved in Dallas." The Space Between is Ball’s second major Dallas showing in 2014, having recently participated in RE:DEFINE at the Dallas Contemporary in April 2014, where his donations raised over $80,000 for the museum and the HIV/AIDS charity, MTV Staying Alive. To mark the opening of The Space Between, The Future Tense will also publish The Living Other – the first etching edition by the artist, produced in conjunction with Pete Kosowicz of Thumbprint Editions. Measuring 37 x 40 inches, The Living Other is a photopolymer gravure etching in a signed edition of 20 plus 6 A/P’s.
Born in 1977, Adam lives and works in London and has exhibited in galleries internationally, including Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York; Dallas Contemporary, Dallas; Goss-Michael Foundation, Dallas; Gagosian Gallery, New York; Centre of Contemporary Art, Bahrain; Galerie Laurent Mueller, Paris; ARCO, Madrid; The Jerwood Space, London; ICA, London and CCA, Glasgow.
Since the installation in 2002, of a 32 foot high painting in central London, solo exhibitions include: Dirty Pattern, Paul Kasmin Gallery, NY; Graffiti Love, Goss Gallery, Dallas; In the Beginning, Shizaru Gallery, London; Coexistence (2010) and Echo (2013), Galerie Laurent Mueller, Paris, and Resolution, Centre of Contemporary Art, Bahrain. Group exhibitions include a collaboration for New York Fashion Week at Gagosian Gallery, NY; RE:DEFINE 2014, Dallas Contemporary, Dallas; RE:DEFINE 2011, Goss-Michael Foundation, Dallas; Duet, Galleria Xavier Fiol, Palma; This is London, Shizaru Gallery, London; SPECTRA I, Londonewcastle Project Space, London and ArteFiera Bologna, Italy.