The white walls of PACE in Burlington Gardens in London have been taken over by the black and white graphical works of the young American artist Adam Pendleton who, in 2012, was the youngest artist (then 28 years old) to sign with the PACE Gallery since the 1970′s, with the white columns of the gallery providing exclamation points between the artworks.
Pendleton manipulates images from a variety of media and creates ambiguous powerful works which are fascinating in their own right and, if you look hard, contain the essence of the original images, all in black and white – there is not speck of colour here. That is one of the elements which gives them their power. Scale-wise, they move from wall-size to almost miniature, but all contain a fascinating amount of abstract detail distilled from the original images, which covers the walls of PACE, around a video space in the centre, which is the less-successful part of his work, but then I have to admit that I am not generally a video fan. It takes a rare art video (and they do exist) to arrest my attention.
What is really good about this exhibition is the way that the art and the architecture of the gallery space work and connect together to create unique experience. If only all exhibitions could do the same….