new work
(via Earl Glenn, here)

Adam Pendleton
Los Angeles
April 10 – May 15, 2010

Roberts and Tilton,

Code Poem (portugal) #4, 2010
Glazed ceramic
Three elements: 6 inch diameter circle,
6 inch square, 6 x 12 inch rectangle

Roberts & Tilton is pleased to announce its second solo exhibition with New York based artist Adam Pendleton. The artist's work plays with conventional notions of history and language, proceeding from the notion that thought does not always
determine language, language can also determine thought.

Untitled (black cubes),
Glazed Ceramic
10 x 10 x 10 inches each

SELECTED WORK Los Angeles is a selection of projects from 2007-present that deal directly with the abstraction and instrumentalization of language and image through sculpture and wall- based work. The code paintings and code sculptures use the dot (circle) and dash (rectangle) of Morse code, introducing a third, untranslatable element, the square. The titles of the works contradict the nature of the works themselves as they do not function as a code, save for the ways in which the viewer chooses to read them. The paintings are one-color silkscreens applied on a ground of bare canvas, and the ceramic sculptures occur in a variety of basic combinations, which shift from work to work.

The earliest works in the exhibition are the artist's untitled (small black cubes) 2007-present. Through their aesthetic presentation the cubes invoke and play sleight of hand with minimalist and performance art practices. Pendleton sculpted the original prototype himself, the resulting shape is cube-like, but the rounded sides and corners deliberately shirk off linearity and geometric definition, functioning instead as an abstract, phenomenological meaning-making device.