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Mac Adams was born in Britain in 1943 and now lives in New Jersey. For 30 years he was a Distinguished Teaching Professorat the State University of New York in Old Westbury. The exhibition at MOCAK is the first individual presentation of his works in Poland.
The subject of the artist’s fascination and source of inspiration are situations which are both ambiguous and disturbing. He creates installations and photographs in which he manipulates the perception of viewers in such a way that they have the impression of watching a crime scene. The make-believe installations are convincing representations of places where a murder had apparently just taken place. The pictures, in turn, suggest a crime through three different sets of shots. The first group consists of photographs presenting objects which could be treated as material evidence by the police. The second is the moments captured by the camera that appear to precede the supposed crime, sometimes combined into diptychs with photographs that can be considered documentation of the crime scene. The third group comprises shots of the crime viewed through its reflections on shiny objects.
The artist applies the style of police documentation, which strives for maximum objectivity and detachment, removing any emotional involvement. Rather than convey a specific chain of events, he merely hints at how they may have unfolded through snatches of individual vignettes. In doing so, he reveals the perversity of our imagination and inclination to seek traces of a crime committed in the circumstances observed. Crime is repugnant, yet for the majority, curiosity gets the better of revulsion. It would appear that we find evil more intriguing than normality.
Curator: Agnieszka Sachar
Opening date: 25.10.2018 at 6 pm
Running: 26 October 2018 – 17 March 2019
Venue: Beta Gallery
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