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Adam Pendleton, WE (we are not successive), 2015. © Courtesy of the artist, Pace Gallery

Adam Pendleton, WE (we are not successive), 2015. © Adam Pendleton, Courtesy of the artist, Pace Gallery

American artist Adam Pendleton’s exhibition titled “Shot him in the face” occupies the entire third floor of KW Institute for Contemporary Art with one large-scale gesture a wall that diagonally cuts across the exhibition space.


The first sentence from the poem Albany by poet Ron Silliman functions as the exhibition’s point of departure. Pendleton appropriates the opening words of the text “If the function of writing is to ‘express the world’” and transforms it into monumental work spanning the entirety of the constructed wall. Layers upon layers of Pendleton’s works are also “pasted” onto the wall.

These various arrangements, including posters, framed collages, and sculptural objects based on Pendleton’s extensive archival material, incorporate images from various sources — all kept within a consistently black-and-white aesthetic.

As a counterpoint to Pendleton’s work, the exhibition includes one of Ian Wilson’s monochromatic paintings, which were created with the conceptual aim of producing distilled, non-referential objects without metaphoric content.

Adam Pendleton “Shot him in the face”
Date: 24th February – 14th May, 2017
Open: 11:00 – 19:00 (Thursday till 21:00)
Closed on Tuesdays
Place: KW Institute for Contemporary Art
Address: Auguststraße 69, 10117 Berlin
Tel: +49 30 2434 590

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