Adam Pendleton: These Gestures Towards You

Adam Pendleton

Galerie Max Hetzler, London presents These Gestures Towards You, a solo exhibition of new works by Adam Pendleton. This is the artist’s third solo presentation with the gallery and the first in the London space.

Drawing on notions of abstraction, translation and transference, the exhibition positions a single work composed of 45 ceramic paintings in dialogue with five of Pendleton’s large-scale drawings. So-termed for their painterly character, the ceramics are presented against a black-painted wall in an ostensibly linear formation. Circle motifs, brush-like strokes and drips are all executed with ceramic glazes and overlaid atop a fired metallic and reflective silver ground. Rendered on an intimate scale, each ceramic painting is at once multifarious, individual, unique – and part of a greater whole.

The selection of drawings belongs to the artist’s ongoing body of work, Untitled (days for drawing). In these compositions, Pendleton engenders a language of abstracted form and gestural experimentation. Constellations of spray-painted circles or loosely painted squares converge with improvised marks, fluid geometries and rapidly executed lines. Conveying different frequencies of speed, the compositions move both horizontally and vertically across the expanse of white paper. The rendering of depth in these drawings is complicated by shadowy echoes of the multiple layers of each work, which seem to shift in and out of focus. The anti-linear progression from one piece to the next is evocative of the arbitrary movement of molecules. Establishing a polyrhythmic space, these sometimes dense and delicate moments have been referred to by the artist as a ‘visual orchestra’.

Duration 27 February 2024 - 13 April 2024
Times Tuesday – Friday, 10 am – 6 pm Saturday, 11 am – 6 pm
Cost Free
Venue Galerie Max Hetzler
Address 41 Dover Street, London, W1S 4NS
Contact 442076297733 / /