© Robert Adams

From "Questions for an Overcast Day" , 2005-2006
Gelatin Silver Print, 14 x 11 inches

Robert Adams
Questions for an Overcast Day

Matthew Marks is pleased to announce an exhibition of new photographs by Robert Adams. This will be the artist's fifth one-person exhibition at the Matthew Marks Gallery since 1999.

"Questions for an Overcast Day" is a series of 33 photographs of young alder trees growing along the Oregon coastline, near the artist's home. The series begins by focusing on the branches of the trees, and, progressing from one image to the next, narrows its focus, culminating with several images of a single leaf.

The leaves on the trees appear perforated, the precise cause of which is unknown. The artist likens the particular pattern of erosion on each leaf to hieroglyphics, reading in them a unique "calligraphy of disaster." About them, Adams writes:

What would account for the condition of the leaves - drought, insects, rocky ground, disease, herbicide, wind?

Are the leaves beautiful?

As with the artist's earlier photographs - of suburban detritus, tract housing under construction, and devastated, clear-cut forests - the viewer is invited to find beauty as it coexists with the imperfection, even destruction, of the present day.

This exhibition will be accompanied by a new artist's book reproducing all the photographs in the exhibition.

Exhibition: September 15 - October 27, 2007
Gallery hours: Tues-Sat 11 am - 6 pm

Matthew Marks Gallery
526 West 22nd Street
USA-New York, NY 10011
Telephone +1 212 243 0200
Email info@matthewmarks.com