Visual ArtCurrently Hanging: Adam Ekberg Wants to Make Persons Smile
by Jen Graves
on Tue, Mar 12, 2013 at 11:09 AM
Images courtesy the artist and Platform Gallery
Adam Ekberg, Eclipse, 2012
Last time Adam Ekberg showed at Platform, the photographs were haunted by a real case of arson. Ekberg's childhood home on a Massachusetts farm was hit by a serial arsonist. He was caught because he stuck around at every crime scene to watch his work burn. His face was the only one in all the crime-scene photographs.
Ekberg's work now, two years later, is apple-cheeked innocent but not unknowing. There's something just right about the tone—resigned to absurdity and, in this flattened state, ready to laugh or to be pleasantly surprised. This time, the artist says, one of his goals is simply to make people smile. Why else precisely rig up a pineapple so it eclipses the sun like a desperate commercial for a Hawaiian vacation? Why else make these?: