ADAM EKBERG – In the between
December 11, 2009 – February 6, 2010
Opening reception Friday December 11, 2009 5:00 – 8:00PM

Thomas Robertello Gallery is pleased to present In the between – an exhibition of new photographs and video by Chicago-based artist Adam Ekberg. In the between is Ekberg’s second solo exhibition with the gallery.

Continuing with the use of lens-based phenomena, humble celebratory gestures, and primitive constructs, Ekberg further develops two distinct bodies of work; images created in the woods or nature, and images using his apartment as stage set. In the latter, images born of isolation and ennui become hermetic mini-exaltations. Ordinary objects displaced from their normal context signal the simultaneity of Ekberg’s absence and presence, and a slippage of perceptual lucidity — the erosion of which gives way to a witnessed consciousness. This higher non-dualistic consciousness replaces subject and object with a singular moment of meditative stillness and attainment. The lineage of this exercise can be traced to the ancient yoga practice of tratak, or fixing one’s gaze on an object in order to gain focus and concentration. The capturing of these images arms the camera with an omniscience that finds an odd pairing with beer bottles, disco balls, lighters, and cocktail umbrellas.

While similar to the performative aspects of Ekberg’s interiors, the outdoor imagery, boundless in many ways, allows the artist to abandon certain restrictive elements and celebrate a personal communion with nature. The positioning of a flashlight on the ground creating an illogically placed beacon of light on the horizon, a duet of balloons in Precise Equilibrium; one helium and one filed with the artist’s breath, and a thrown handful of glitter all point toward self-portraiture minus the actual subject. In his video of a fuse slowly burning on the pavement, the gnarled line gradually disintegrates staining the pavement with a residue of gunpowder, evoking a whole life with beginning, end, unexpected twists, a past, present, and future.

Born in 1975, Adam Ekberg resides in Chicago and graduated the School of the Art Institute’s MFA Photography program in 2006. Concurrently with this exhibition, he is participating in Elements of Photography at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, organized by Michael Green and (Re)Collect at the Hyde Park Art Center, curated by Francesca Wilmott.

Press

Bad at Sports interview with Claudine Ise

Chicago Tribune by Lauren Viera

Flavorpill by Karsten Lund

NewCity by Michael Weinstein

Flavorpill by Stephen Gossett

The Chiguide Weekly by Ginny Berg

Adam Ekberg

In the between
December 11, 2009 - February 6, 2010
Opens December 11, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Works

A flashlight on the forest floor

Adam Ekberg, A flashlight on the forest floor, 2009

Saturday night

Adam Ekberg, Saturday night, 2009

Untitled

Adam Ekberg, Untitled, 2009

The disconnect

Adam Ekberg, The disconnect, 2009

Cocktail umbrella and bic lighter

Adam Ekberg, Cocktail umbrella and bic lighter, 2009

Precise Equilibrium

Adam Ekberg, Precise Equilibrium, 2008

A camera in the forest

Adam Ekberg, A camera in the forest, 2008


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