Mac Adams @ MOCAK

 

Taken from The Mysteries series (1976–1977). Digital photograph. © Mac Adams Courtesy of gb agency, Paris (France)

Taken from The Mysteries series (1976–1977). Digital photograph.
© Mac Adams
Courtesy of gb agency, Paris (France)

MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow invites you to the first individual presentation of Mac Adams’ works in Poland. The subject of the artist’s fascination and source of inspiration are situations which are both ambiguous and disturbing. He creates installations and photographs in which he manipulates the perception of viewers in such a way that they have the impression of watching a crime scene. The make-believe installations are convincing representations of places where a murder had apparently just taken place. The pictures, in turn, suggest a crime through three different sets of shots. The first group consists of photographs presenting objects which could be treated as material evidence by the police. The second is the moments captured by the camera that appear to precede the supposed crime, sometimes combined into diptychs with photographs that can be considered documentation of the crime scene. The third group comprises shots of the crime viewed through its reflections on shiny objects.

Taken from The Mysteries series (1976–1977). Digital photograph. © Mac Adams Courtesy of gb agency, Paris (France)

Taken from The Mysteries series (1976–1977). Digital photograph.
© Mac Adams
Courtesy of gb agency, Paris (France)

Taken from The Mysteries series (1976–1977). Digital photograph. © Mac Adams Courtesy of gb agency, Paris (France)

Taken from The Mysteries series (1976–1977). Digital photograph.
© Mac Adams
Courtesy of gb agency, Paris (France)

 

The artist applies the style of police documentation, which strives for maximum objectivity and detachment, removing any emotional involvement. Rather than convey a specific chain of events, he merely hints at how they may have unfolded through snatches of individual vignettes. In doing so, Adams reveals the perversity of our imagination and inclination to seek traces of a crime committed in the circumstances observed. Crime is repugnant, yet for the majority, curiosity gets the better of revulsion. It would appear that we find evil more intriguing than normality. 

 

Taken from the Postmodern Tragedies series (1987). Digital photograph. © Mac Adams Courtesy of gb agency, Paris (France)

Taken from the Postmodern Tragedies series (1987). Digital photograph.
© Mac Adams
Courtesy of gb agency, Paris (France)

Mac Adams (b. 1943) | based in Montclair (New Jersey, USA) | graduated from Cardiff College of Art (UK) and Rutgers University (USA) | for 30 years was a Distinguished Teaching Professor at the State University of New York in Old Westbury (USA) | has presented his works at individual and group exhibitions internationally | his works can be found in public collections of MoMA (New York, USA), Musée National d’Art Moderne and Maison Européenne de la Photographie (both Paris, France), The Museum of Fine Arts (Houston, USA) and Fotomuseum (Winterthur, Switzerland), among others.

Mac Adams – CRIME?
@ MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow’s Beta Gallery (4 Lipowa St., Cracow, Poland)
Opening reception: October 25 at 6.00 PM
The exhibition will be open to the public between October 26, 2018 and March 17, 2019

The Mac Adams exhibition is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

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