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.
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.
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.
The exhibition is pivoted on a fusion of poetry and photography. First, Grzegorz Wróblewski wrote his poem Blue Pueblo in 2013. Then, inspired by it, Wojciech Wilczyk took a series of photographs of Amager, the district of Copenhagen where the poet lives. The poem and a series of black-and-white photographs, displayed on the wall side by side, all combine into the project Blue Pueblo.
In Wróblewski’s work, the streets of Amager bear silent witness to a human drama. The poem records the experiences of a man who uses hard drugs to numb the suffering of parting with his beloved. He finds no solace in psychology or religion. Solitude brings palpable pain. Graphic descriptions of physiological functions are interspersed with references to literature, art and music; the sensual blends with the spiritual. In the final analysis, nature is the only way out: „To go towards the forest and the river. To look for people there. To look for a star. Until the definitive journey begins.“
The photographs express the emotions of the poem. The black-and-white shots of the deserted metropolis expose the indifference of the city towards a suffering individual and provide a visualisation of the state of mind, a piercing void after losing a loved one. Symmetrical frames and repetitive architectural motifs together with the play of shadows on the facades of buildings make the urban landscape appear unfriendly. Death, scrawled on one of the buildings, further intensifies the sense of threat, pointing to the precarious balancing between life and death.
Wojciech Wilczyk & Grzegorz Wróblewski – Poetry and Photography – The Blue Pueblo Project
Alfa Gallery @ MOCAK (4 Lipowa St., Cracow, Poland). Grand opening: October 15 at 6:00 PM. The exhibition will be open to the public from October 16, 2015 until January 17, 2016.
The exhibition is organised under contra doc! patronage.