Amy Adler "Player's History"

Taka Ishii Gallery

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"Player's History" comprises eight framed pastel drawings on canvas. The present exhibition marks the second occasion at the gallery on which Adler will exhibit work on canvas, following two prior exhibitions featuring work in the artist's then signature media of unique color photographic print. As in earlier works, Adler's source material is photographic - in this case, photographs of young, international amateur chess players, both famous and unknown, subsequently rendered without opponent in light tones of gray pastel on canvas. Depicted characters serve as double stand-ins. They are at once representations of the tenuous and the persisting. For Adler, they are foundational concepts of "photography" and "drawing" and at the same time serve as self-portraits, depictions of the artist and her negotiation with and through the mediated image.

Adler's past photographic works had an air of performance - the drawings encased within the Cibachrome panel were at times somehow not quite drawing-like. The present works, on the other hand, benefit from a tension inherent in the fragile; pastel dusted on canvas, the drawings function in part as a trace of the more ephemeral aspects of photographic production.

【Image: "Player's History" 2007】

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From 2007-04-16 To 2007-05-12

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Amy Adler

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