“Escaping Forward” by Adam Fowler opens at Margaret Thatcher Projects

Artist  Adam Fowler
Artist Adam Fowler 
Adam Fowler "Escaping Forward" at Margaret Thatcher Projects
Adam Fowler “Escaping Forward” at Margaret Thatcher Projects

Margaret Thatcher Projects had a fantastic opening for Adam Fowler’s solo show, Escaping Forward. This is the artist’s fourth solo exhibition with the gallery and includes Fowler’s first large scale wall installation, Untitled (41 Layers). Here, Fowler has developed a system to counter the limitations of size in the paper he works with in order to complete his largest composition to date. Spanning a width of 10 feet, it is composed of forty-one precisely cut sheets of paper pinned directly onto the gallery wall.

Untitled (41 Layers) 2011  36 x 120 inches (91 x 305 cm) Graphite on paper, hand-cut
Untitled (41 Layers) 2011 36 x 120 inches (91 x 305 cm) Graphite on paper, hand-cut 

The system Fowler developed for the installation inspired his two subsequent series of drawings on view, 9 Imperfect Compositionsand Escaping Forward. Eliminating the variation of scale—all works in each group of drawings are the same size—Fowler uses sweeping lines and gestures as a response to the internal (Escaping Forward) or external (9 Imperfect Compositions) shape or boundary of each drawing.

Untitled (7 Layers) 2013  22 x 16 inches (56 x 41 cm) Graphite on paper, hand-cut
Untitled (7 Layers) 2013 22 x 16 inches (56 x 41 cm) Graphite on paper, hand-cut

Fowler’s newest works carry a style that has increased in complexity not based on layers of paper, which have become more spare, but in the confidence behind his drawings that frequently swirl from one edge directly to another and in his more open compositions where empty spaces are allowed to highlight the graceful loops and arches of his drawings.

After determining the scale, composition and architecture of each piece, Fowler starts by putting pencil to paper, creating gestural drawings in graphite. The initial drawings are then released with an X-acto knife so that all unmarked spaces are meditatively and meticulously removed by hand. Then, the resulting sheets are carefully stacked to complete each piece. Aspects of collage and sculpture are invoked in the stacking of the sheets and the 3-dimensional quality of Fowler’s work.

Adam Fowler "Escaping Forward" at Margaret Thatcher Projects
Adam Fowler “Escaping Forward” at Margaret Thatcher Projects
Adam Fowler "Escaping Forward" at Margaret Thatcher Projects
Adam Fowler “Escaping Forward” at Margaret Thatcher Projects

Adam Fowler was born in Fairfax, VA and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He received his BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. Fowler is the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including a Fellowship in Drawing from the New York Foundation for the Arts (2011) and a Pollack Krasner Foundation Grant (2007). His works have been exhibited in many public institutions such as the Museum of Arts and Design (New York, NY), the Drawing Center (New York, NY), and the Weatherspoon Art Museum (Greensboro, NC.)  His work has been published in the Harvard Review and reviewed by The New York Times, Art News, The Boston Globe, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Village Voice and many others.

Adam Fowler "Escaping Forward" at Margaret Thatcher Projects
Adam Fowler “Escaping Forward” at Margaret Thatcher Projects
Untitled (4 Layers) 2012 22 x 16 inches (56 x 41 cm) Graphite on paper, hand-cut
Untitled (4 Layers) 2012 22 x 16 inches (56 x 41 cm) Graphite on paper, hand-cut

 

Adam Fowler “Escaping Forward

March 28 – May 4, 2013

Margaret Thatcher Projects

539 West 23rd Street
Ground Floor
New York, NY 10011
Tel: 212.675.0222
Fax: 212.675.1121 
Photography by: Max Noy

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