White Columns

Adam Opet

23 Jan - 07 Mar 2020

Installation view
Bulletin Board
23 January - 7 March 2020

White Columns is pleased to present a solo exhibition in our ‘Bulletin Board’ project space by the Brooklyn-based artist Adam Opet (b. 1982, San Jose, CA.)

Opet’s installation focuses on his ongoing series of ink drawings made on vintage 45rpm record sleeves (their age and patina suggesting that they might have once housed raw blues, rockabilly, country, or garage recordings.) Informed by a wide range of counter-cultural and musical sources (inc. underground comics, graffiti, metal and punk graphics) Opet’s drawings invariably feature an imagined portrait, typically seen in profile, with each image ‘punctured’ by the die-cut circular ‘void’ of the record sleeve’s central aperture: literally forming a “hole in the head.” With their use of antique paper supports, Opet’s ink drawings conjure up an earlier, analog, pre-digital era: a hard-to-identify time and place populated by a cast of decidedly shady characters and demonic misfits.

Adam Opet’s work has been included in group shows in the Bay Area and in a 2017 solo presentation at New York’s legendary bar Max Fish. He has self-published a number of ‘zines and chap books of his drawings. He currently works at the East 12th Street branch of New York’s iconic Academy Records.

Adam Opet’s exhibition re-launches White Columns ‘Bulletin Board’ project space. ‘The Bulletin Board’ was an initiative of White Columns’ director Matthew Higgs that originally debuted at the CCA Wattis Institute in San Francisco c. 2003 with projects by Trisha Donnelly, Jim Jocoy and Monte Cazazza, among others. Since 2005 White Columns’ ‘Bulletin Board’ has housed a wide range of projects by artists and writers inc.: Malcolm Mooney, Karl Holmqvist, Josephine Meckseper, Simon Evans, Josh Shaddock, Cynthia Daignault, Matt Keegan, Douglas Blau, Tim Griffin, Ryan Foerster, and Kevin Killian, among many others.

Tags: Trisha Donnelly, Simon Evans, Ryan Foerster, Matthew Higgs, Karl Holmqvist, Matt Keegan, Josephine Meckseper