American, born 1979
David Adamo’s sculptural practice involves contemplating small, everyday objects and the surreal patterns and organic shapes that result from natural processes. Works like Untitled (corn) and Untitled (orange peel) are reminders that sculpture is often an art of removal rather than accretion: the half-eaten ear of corn and castaway orange peel evoke the processes of carving and scraping from stone or wood. Adamo’s hyperrealistic sculptures, which he makes by casting real objects of seemingly little importance, blur the line between reality and illusion. The uncanny resemblance between the works and their sources may cause viewers to distrust their eyes.
Label from The Swindle: Art Between Seeing and Believing, May 26–October 28, 2018