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CLAMPART: Adam Ekberg: Orchestrating the Ordinary" and "Pacifico Silano: Against Nature" - 8 Jan 2015 to 14 Feb 2015

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8 Jan 2015 to 14 Feb 2015
Tuesday - Saturday, 10.00 am - 6.00 pm
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Adam Ekberg, Eclipse 2012
Archival pigment print
30 x 40 inches (Edition of 3), 20 x 24 inches (Edition of 5)

Artists in this exhibition: Adam Ekberg, Pacifico Silano

Adam Ekberg | Orchestrating the Ordinary

January 8 – February 14, 2015

Artist’s reception:
Thursday, January 8, 2015
6.00 – 8.00 p.m.

ClampArt is pleased to announce “Adam Ekberg: Orchestrating the Ordinary,” the artist’s first solo show in New York City.

Adam Ekberg is an artist who creates constructed still life photographs exploring ephemeral occurrences. As described by Conveyor Magazine: “Ekberg locates his process in the crosshairs of photography and performance.” These seemingly simple images often transform mundane objects through poetic visual associations. Ekberg’s humble events may exist for mere moments, but often require elaborate planning and production outside the photographic frame. The artist has wryly discussed his private, staged happenings in oxymoronic terms, calling them “minor spectacles.”

The photographs do not address anything very literally in terms of subject matter, but rather broadly touch upon the artist’s daily life. The seemingly playful work builds upon itself slowly, and the artworks gain cohesion and a compelling gravity in the aggregate. Ekberg does not work quickly—instead he allows himself time for extended consideration and reflection producing just a handful of images per year.

Adam Ekberg’s other solo shows include exhibitions at De Soto Gallery, Los Angeles; Platform Gallery, Seattle; Thomas Robertello Gallery, Chicago; and Fotografiska Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden. He has been featured in group exhibitions in major cities such as San Francisco, Portland, Kansas City, and Cork, Ireland. His work is represented in the permanent collections of the Museum of Contemporary Photography and the Museum of Contemporary Art, both in Chicago.

Pacifico Silano | Against Nature

January 8 – February 14, 2015
Artist’s reception:
Thursday, January 8, 2015
6.00 – 8.00 p.m.

ClampArt is proud to present “Pacifico Silano: Against Nature,” the artist’s first solo show in New York City.

“Against Nature” is a body of work that investigates the subjugated history of gay men living in Nazi Germany during World War II. Taking its name from “Paragraph 175,” part of the old German Criminal Code that made acts of homosexuality illegal, it also was the rallying cry of a homophile movement dating back to Oscar Wilde and Aestheticism in the 19th century. Employing the color scheme of red, black, and white—the same Prussian color combination relating to a large number of nationalistic move-ments (both left and right), in addition to much of the print culture of the day, but also Nazi propaganda specifically, of course—Silano’s project creates new meaning in found photographs juxtaposed with obscure portraits and still life imagery. Culled from a variety of sources—including World World II photographs, but also earlier naturist journals—Silano’s work highlights the link from German nationalism back to earlier body culture movements—which incidentally were the first to organize German youth into nationalistic cadres. And by alternating between images of single figures to groups, Silano considers the relationship of the individual to the collective as it relates to identity, memory, history, and the Holocaust.

Pacifico Silano received a BFA from the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, and an MFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts, New York City. He has exhibited internationally, including group shows at the Bronx Museum; Context, Miami; Oude Kerk, Amsterdam; and ClampArt, New York City. Awards won by Silano include the 2012 Individual Photographer’s Fellowship from the Aaron Siskind Foundation; Finalist for the Aperture Foundation Portfolio Prize; First Prize at the Pride Photo Awards in Amsterdam; and a Work Space Residency at Baxter St/Camera Club of New York.


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