Abstracted Instance, David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen, 2011
David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen
Choreography by Deimante Prišmantaite
Audio Composition by Richard Sides
18 – 21 August 2011
Opening Thursday August 18, 17:00 – 20:00
Performance by Deimante Prišmantaite at 20:00
London based artist Adam Thomas presents new work from an ongoing collaborative and interdisciplinary project as part of his residency at the gallery. Working with the choreographer Deimante Prišmantaite and fellow multi-discipline artist Richard Sides, Thomas’ project explores visual language, numbers, space and abstraction.
Screen grabs from a computer program, which visually models mathematical propositions of the shape of the universe, are transformed into abstract images then enlarged and digitally printed onto silk jersey. Thomas presents four of these digital prints, three of which displayed in varying configurations, one made into a costume to be worn by the choreographer.
On the opening night Deimante Prišmantaite performs a provisional choreographic piece, an adaption of an earlier work for 3 dancers called Remote Within, which explored the relationships and spaces of her dancers’ movement. The new choreographic piece for Abstracted Instance has been developed in response to the images generated by Thomas. It is accompanied by an audio composition by Richard Sides who generated and produced the composition from the digital image file used to print the choreographer’s costume.
The exhibition, including the choreographic work and accompanying audio composition act as a starting point for future instances of the project.
Adam Thomas (b. 1984, Swansea, UK) Lives and works in London. He is the co-founder of Supplement, a project space set up in 2008. He received his BA in Fine Art from Kingston University in 2006. Past solo exhibitions include Colourless green ideas sleep furiously, SPACE London 2010. Young Adam Thomas, Associates, London. 2007.
Deimante Prišmantaite (b. 1980, Lithuania) Lives and works in London. She received her MFA in Choreography from Roehampton University in 2009. Recently she has performed as part of Lived Body-Emboddies Life, Collaborative Dance Experience, Poetic Matters and Parlour Collective.
Richard Sides (b. 1985, Rotherham, UK), lives and works in London. He his currently studying an MA in Sculpture at The Royal College of Art, London, recent projects include The Joyful System... SPACE, London, Gone with the Wind, Raven Row, London and On Revolutions for the Heavenly Spheres, Supplement Gallery, London, all 2011. Since 2010 he is also a curator at The Woodmill, London.
colourless green ideas sleep furiously, [ s p a c e ], London, 2010
[ s p a c e ], London, 2010
colourless green ideas sleep furiously, SPACE, London 2010
colourless green ideas sleep furiously
Typically condensing around the visual dimension of language, Adam Thomasʼ
practice suggests new and intuitive models for rendering the art/language binary.
The idea of ʻmakingʼ language – translating it into physical forms coterminous with
the plastic arts – is a crucial theme throughout colourless green ideas sleep furiously.
Handled by Thomas, Language becomes an object, a thing in the world that
demands not only linguistic, but also phenomenological, aesthetical, historical, art
canonical, mythical and personal consideration.
colourless green ideas sleep furiously is a title that refers to a sentence composed by
Noam Chomsky in 1957. While grammatically correct, the semantics of the sentence
Four work-groups comprise the exhibition:
colourless green ideas sleep furiously is the result not only of Thomasʼ own research
and productivity but a series of open-ended dialogues the artist has been hosting
with a group of linguists based at SOAS, London.
Adam Thomas was born in Swansea in 1984. He gained his BA Fine Art from
Kingston University, London, in 2006. Recent exhibitions include Young Adam
Thomas, Associates, London (2007), All Cut Up (group), Roebling Hall, New York
(2008), Paper Show (group), David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen (2009) and The Little
Shop on Hoxton Street (group), Limoncello, London, (2009).
Adam Thomasʼ colourless green ideas sleep furiously is the third NEU! exhibition at
SPACE. Previous exhibitions were; PROH SOʼ PAH PEER by Richard John Jones
(Sep 09) and What I Believe (a Polemical Collection) by Ruth Beale (Nov 09). NEU!
is an ongoing cycle of solo exhibitions by new artists at SPACE.
Paper Show, David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen, 2009
David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen, 2009
Associates in New York, Philips de Pury, New York 2008
Associates in New York,
Philips de Pury, New York 2008
Adam Thomas CV
Fine Art, Kingston University London BA Hons Degree 2006
David Risley Gallery (Residency ) - Copenhagen - August 2011
Colourless Green Ideas Sleep Furiously / NEU! (Curated by Paul Pieroni) – SPACE – London – Mar 2010
YOUNG ADAM THOMAS – Associates – London - Sept 07
There is no solution because there is no question – Sheffield – March 2010
Short Notice - RCA Sculpture Dept - London - December 2009
Paper Show – David Risley Gallery – Copenhagen – Sept 2009
The Little Shop on Hoxton Street - Limoncello – London – May 2009
Matter of Time - Five Story Projects – London - Nov 2008
Poignancy Passing Muster – Wharf Road Project – V22 – London – Oct 2008
All Cut Up – Roebling Hall – New York - Sept 2008
Ephemera – Modtar Project Space – Copenhagen – Aug 2008
Associates in New York – Philips De Pury – Curated by Paola de Clerico – New York - Mar 2008
Pages – Notice Gallery – London - Dec 2007
Fo sho mo fo – Stanley Picker gallery – Kingston – 2004
David Risley Galley - Copenhagen - July/August 2011
New School – Komplot – Brussels – March – April 2010
Article | Knight’s Move – issue 2 – Translation – May 2008
Catalogue | Associates in New York – Philips de Pury– NY - 2008
Artist Book | Finite State: Discussion – ed 500 as part of YOUNG ADAM THOMAS
Interview | An interview between Ryan Gander, Rebecca May Marston and Adam Thomas - in two parts - 2007
Catalogue | Graduate Show, Kingston - London - 2006
Socialist Review Colourless Green Ideas Sleep Furiously, April 2010 - Dan Berry
Garage Land – Winter 2009
ArtWorld – Preview (Emma Puntis Supplement) Sept Issue 2009
ArtWorld – Associates – March Issue 2008
SPACE, Colourless Green Ideas Sleep Furiously, April 2010 - Artist Talk
Kingston University – Spring 2009 –Artist talk.
[...] Curator - ongoing (est April 2010)
Co-Founding Curator | Supplement – Project Space – Ongoing (est April 2008)
Some Thing to Believe in - Exhibition Text for Steve Bishop – Pianissimo, Milan Jan 2009
Dazed and Confused - Assistant to Francesca Gavin – Visual Arts Editor – Spring/Summer 2009 Other