Infinity Vanitas (Bubble Gum)
DIMENSIONS 13 1/3" x 6" x 16 1/2" MEDIUM Urethane, cast resin, steel
Edition of 12 + 3APs, 2021
Accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity signed by the artist
Adam Parker Smith’s painted sculpture edition, made from urethane, cast resin, and steel, a party balloon that reminds us of the finite nature of celebratory moments and beautiful things. Thoughtfully referencing the 16th and 17th century Dutch “Vanitas” paintings of rotten fruit and wilting bouquets, the balloons in their shiny, deflating nature mirror our own impermanence. Painted in a photorealistic style to give the impression of a reflective mylar balloon, one might be surprised to hold the cast resin sculpture and note its weight. The more we take in “Infinity Vanitas”, the more contradictions there are to see: painting vs. sculpture, heavy vs. weightless, gone tomorrow vs. infinity and forever.
Adam Parker Smith has held solo and two-person exhibitions at The Hole (New York), Galería Curro (Guadalajara), Ever Gold Projects (San Francisco), and LVL3 (Chicago) among others. Select group exhibitions include presentations at Spurs Gallery (Beijing), Marlborough (London), Library Street Collective (Detroit), Galerie Odile Ouizeman (Paris), Honor Fraser (Los Angeles), and Derek Eller Gallery (New York). Smith currently lives and works in New York.