On the Surface of a Planet

Adam 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, CA; Thomas Robertello Gallery, Chicago, IL; Platform Gallery, Seattle, WA; and Fotografiska, Stockholm, Sweden.

His work has been included in recent group exhibitions at venues such as Aran Cravey Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; DePaul Art Museum, Chicago, IL; RayKo Photo Center, San Francisco, CA; 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 (2015). He was awarded a Tanne Foundation Award (2013). Ekberg has also received grants from Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs (2008, 2009, 2010) and the Union League Civic and Arts Foundation Grant (2005).

His first monograph titled The Life of Small Things was published by Waltz Books (2015). Ekberg lives and works in New Jersey.

Artist talk at 6, followed by book signing of “The Life of Small Things”
Reception Friday, September 16th, 6-8pm

Exhibition September 16th – October 22nd, 2016

On the Surface of a Planet presents a selection of Adam Ekberg’s most recent photographs of performances and gestures. These events, generated by the artist, involve elaborate planning and activity just outside of the photographic frame to create events that imply simplicity and straightforwardness.

As suggested by the title of the exhibition—also the title of one of his most recent photographs—Ekberg creates an index of illogical circumstances in a depopulated world. An inexplicably glowing crystal beckons from an isolated forest floor, milk travels from a one-gallon jug through a series of drinking glasses to another jug, a line of dominoes topples across the high desert.

Collectively, these images deserve consideration for providing a series of peculiar moments, each invoking a potential reality that hints at a world beyond our own.