The exhibition brings together a new series of sculptures in marble and bronze by acclaimed American sculptor Adam Parker Smith, transforming the main gallery space into a site for an exploration of the ancient human body and psyche. This equally absurd and meticulous framework follows Smith’s recent outdoor installation at San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, California, and marks his second exhibition with Hans Alf Gallery after his debut in 2021.
Carefully hand-carved in white Italian Carrara marble, Smith turns iconic classical sculptures, such as the lovers of Mars and Venus, on their head. With their limbs entangled, the free-standing sculpture of the two Roman Gods has been reduced to an almost unrecognizable geometric, auto-erotic cube. Their smooth, solid surface attests to the raw materiality, but also evokes an intriguing illusionistic effect.
Adam Parker Smith (b. 1978) holds an MFA in painting from Tyler School of Art in Pennsylvania. Smith’s work has been presented at national and international institutions. Smith’s work has been presented at national and international institutions, most recently at San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, California; The Brooklyn Museum, New York, US and The Times Museum, China.
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