Margaret Thatcher Projects Annoucnes Adam Fowler Exhibition
Margaret Thatcher Projects will present an exhibition of new works by American artist Adam Fowler, Escaping Forward. This is the artist's fourth solo exhibition with the gallery and includes Fowler's first large scale wall installation, Untitled (41 Layers). Here, Fowler has developed a system to counter the limitations of size in the paper he works with in order to complete his largest composition to date. Spanning a width of 10 feet, it is composed of forty-one precisely cut sheets of paper pinned directly onto the gallery wall.
The system Fowler developed for the installation inspired his two subsequent series of drawings on view, 9 Imperfect Compositions and Escaping Forward. Eliminating the variation of scale-all works in each group of drawings are the same size-Fowler uses sweeping lines and gestures as a response to the internal (Escaping Forward) or external (9 Imperfect Compositions) shape or boundary of each drawing.
Fowler's newest works carry a style that has increased in complexity not based on layers of paper, which have become more spare, but in the confidence behind his drawings that frequently swirl from one edge directly to another and in his more open compositions where empty spaces are allowed to highlight the graceful loops and arches of his drawings.
After determining the scale, composition and architecture of each piece, Fowler starts by putting pencil to paper, creating gestural drawings in graphite. The initial drawings are then released with an X-acto knife so that all unmarked spaces are meditatively and meticulously removed by hand. Then, the resulting sheets are carefully stacked to complete each piece. Aspects of collage and sculpture are invoked in the stacking of the sheets and the 3-dimensional quality of Fowler's work.