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David Adamo

American, b. 1979

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David Adamo

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American, b. 1979

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Biography

David Adamo is known for minimalist installations of wooden utilitarian objects, whittled down to fragility and accompanied by piles of wood shavings. Untitled (Music for Strings IV) (2010), for example, pairs a wall-lodged sledgehammer with darts, spindly canes, and a deconstructed violin case. Other works comprise baseball bats, axes, knives, and other typically masculine implements, which have earned him a reputation for violence that he refutes: “I don’t necessarily think about aggressive things when I’m in the studio…although I do work myself into a sort of frenzy,” he explains. These days Adamo is working on a larger scale and trading in figurative subjects for more abstract ones, such as construction beams. According to New York Times critic David Colman, “What elevates Adamo’s work above the mass of young conceptualists is not how cerebral it is, but how personal and emotional.”

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Group show at a major institution
MoMA PS1
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Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 2 more
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Included in a major biennial
Whitney Biennial, and 2 more
Biography

David Adamo is known for minimalist installations of wooden utilitarian objects, whittled down to fragility and accompanied by piles of wood shavings. Untitled (Music for Strings IV) (2010), for example, pairs a wall-lodged sledgehammer with darts, spindly canes, and a deconstructed violin case. Other works comprise baseball bats, axes, knives, and other typically masculine implements, which have earned him a reputation for violence that he refutes: “I don’t necessarily think about aggressive things when I’m in the studio…although I do work myself into a sort of frenzy,” he explains. These days Adamo is working on a larger scale and trading in figurative subjects for more abstract ones, such as construction beams. According to New York Times critic David Colman, “What elevates Adamo’s work above the mass of young conceptualists is not how cerebral it is, but how personal and emotional.”

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Group
Group show at a major institution
MoMA PS1
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 2 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Whitney Biennial, and 2 more
Articles Featuring David Adamo
Rodolphe Janssen, a Bastion of the Belgian Gallery Scene
Apr 15th, 2014
Rodolphe Janssen, a Bastion of the Belgian Gallery Scene
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