05 Apr 2017
Dirk Adams: the sensation of moving slowly back in time
Reviewed by Heather Kapplow
Dirk Adams's installation at the Distillery Gallery is several things simultaneously. It's a showcase of his idiosyncratic but relatable methods of parsing and connecting with the found materials he typically works with: an obsessive, yet improvised catalog of rust and dust and the evidence that objects bear of the their history.
It's a set for two performances, each an investigation laced with humor and the fine art of problem-solving on the fly.
It's a laboratory for experimenting with a set of rules. The performances feel like eerie glimpses into the deep past, a peephole on the cave-dweller's trial-and-error process of inventing, discarding, and refining tools.
Elements of the installation become musical instruments, used to develop a soundtrack for everything else that happens there.
Lastly there is an olfactory dimension, best left under-described, but definitely enhancing the work's main theme: humanness as the dogged application of perception to matter.
|Exhibition||Dirk Adams: the sensation of moving slowly back in time|
|Start date||06 Mar 2017|
|End date||08 Apr 2017|
|Presenter||Distillery Gallery link|
|Venue||516 East 2nd Street, Boston, MA, USA map|
|Image||Dirk Adams, performance view, photo Heather Kapplow|
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