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Adam Ekberg Theatre of Lost Years

April 2 to April 30, 2016


Platform Gallery is pleased to present Theatre of Lost Years, Adam Ekberg’s fourth exhibition with the gallery. The artist will be in attendance at the Artist's Reception and book signing on April 7.

Over the last decade Adam Ekberg’s photographic work has consisted of a series of investigations into the actions, disruptions, displacements and misuses of commonplace objects in empty spaces and landscapes. These minor performances are created by Ekberg with the sole purpose of capturing an event at its zenith.

At face value these fleeting gestures and actions are about nothing so much, simply an index of unremarkable moments: a paper airplane flying across a blue sky with puffy clouds or a goldfish in a plastic bag of water in the planes of the Midwest. Collectively these images make up a world, just slightly off from our own, in which objects misbehave. The simple becomes strange, as though we are on a planet exactly like our own with an ever-so-slightly different gravitational pull.

Ekberg’s working methodology for the past ten years originates from wanting to photograph the presence of absence. His process begins with a sketch of what he wishes to actualize in the world and he works backwards from theses drawings to make the event occur in the world so that it can be photographed. This willful circuit of creation for his images means that Ekberg is always, from outside of the photographic frame, generating something that will register as a photographic subject within the frame.

These small things become surrogates to a life outside the frame, but they also take on a life of their own within the photographic frame. Arguably these images are easy to deconstruct. The pictures do not put on airs or claim to be anything they are not and in so doing can become whatever the viewer wishes them to be.

Ekberg received his MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has recently had solo exhibitions at ClampArt, New York; DeSoto Gallery, Los Angeles; Thomas Robertello Gallery, Chicago; Platform Gallery, Seattle; and Fotografiska, Stockholm, Sweden. His work has been included in recent group exhibitions at venues such as Aran Cravey Gallery, Los Angles CA; DePaul Art Museum, Chicago; RayKo Photo Center, San Francisco; and Crawford Art Gallery, Cork Ireland. His work is in the collections of The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, among others. He is the recipient of the Society for Photographic Education’s Imagemaker Award and a Tanne Foundation Award. Ekberg has also received grants from Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and the Union League Civic and Arts Foundation. His first monograph titled The Life of Small Things was published by Waltz Books in November, 2015.

From the Square to the Cloud
Platform Gallery, in its 12th year, will be moving from its brick and mortar space in Pioneer Square into the cloud this summer. The two remaining exhibitions in the Pioneer Square space after Adam Ekberg’s show include a retrospective of Patte Loper’s work selected from the four solo exhibitions she's had at Platform since 2004 (May 5 to June 18). The last exhibition in the space will feature new sculptural work by Scott Fife (June 23 to August 6).

Image: Untitled, 2016, archival inkjet print, 30 x 40 inches, edition of 8.

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