© Adam Fuss

Ark, 2005
Unique silver gelatin print photogram, 24 x 20 inches,
61 x 50.8 cm

Adam Fuss
Ark and Other Works

Xavier Hufkens is pleased to invite you to the exhibition "Ark and Other Works", three series of photograms by the English artist Adam Fuss (° 1961, London).

Adam Fuss lives and works in New York. Having worked as a commercial photographer, he is conscious of what he calls "the pervasive technological-consumerist culture". In response to this, he has returned to the simplest photographic means: photography without the use of a camera. Such procedures recall the earliest photographs of the 1830's and 1840's. In Fuss's work, light is used as a metaphor to illuminate the processes and stages of human life.

In the series "Ark", Adam Fuss recorded, over a limited period of time, the effects on a pool transformed by a droplet of water. Through the varying images of induced ripples, the artist wants to create a metaphorical moment that contains all life. According to this moment, the totality of the curving lines of the waves becomes an Ark like the Ark of Noah which contained a core stock of all the animals in the world.

Adam Fuss explores the rich iconography of African and Oceanic masks in the series "Mask". Selecting particular masks from Belgian and American collections for their unique designs and stark contrast between light and dark, the artist makes photograms directly from the objects. He captures the magical qualities of the tribal masquerade, with its implications of ritual performance, hidden identity, and transformation.

In his latest series of photograms, Adam Fuss represents fine, barely perceptible ladder forms that are poised against a very pale ground as means to reach the cosmos. The ladder, a lifeline, is a signal to ascend above the tops of our heads to the spaces in between earth and above.

Exhibition: 1 June - 8 July 2006
Gallery hours: Tues-Sat 12 - 6 pm

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