Adam McEwen ‘A Real Slow Drag’

Installation view 'A Real Slow Drag', Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, 2011
Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York

Marianne Boesky Gallery is pleased to present A Real Slow Drag, an exhibition by the New York-based British artist Adam McEwen. The show consists of sculptures, drawings and photographs made by McEwen over the last three years, most of which have not been previously exhibited in New York, but which in many instances draw their inspiration from the city. Many of the works are made of machined graphite, a material McEwen has employed since 2007. Each meticulously carved sculpture reproduces the original in scale and detail. Installed in the voided-out domestic setting of a townhouse on 64th St, these mute representations of everyday objects — an air conditioner, a drinking fountain, an unfurled yoga mat — have a deadened, perfected air that is at odds with their banality and intimacy.

McEwen’s work resides somewhere between the celebratory and the funereal. It identifies strands of European melancholy in the Pop object, and the scuffs of history and consumerism on the sheened surfaces of minimalism. His obituaries of living subjects highlight the blurred line between history and fiction. His repurposing of the over-familiar creates momentary ruptures which, in the words of one writer, “jolt us temporarily out of our indifference, owing to over-exposure, toward the signs that dominate our daily lives.”