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Adam Stennett, hold me down and under

31 Grand
143 Ludlow Street, between Rivington and Stanton, 212-228-0901
East Village / Lower East Side
November 18, 2005 - January 29, 2006
Reception: Friday, November 18, 7 - 10 PM
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[Exhibition extended until Jan. 29 -ed]

Adam Stennett continues to incorporate his unique iconography of mice and rats into his imagery. His insight into the psychological dialogue of his subject and the viewer’s reaction has further developed as has his skill. These highly photorealistic paintings play with focus and depth of field and are often mistaken for photographs.

The exhibition includes nine paintings and two video works. One of the paintings, Underwater Mouse 2, 2005 depicts a struggling mouse held by the tail just below the water’s surface, and the video Everything Tastes Better When You Are Blind, 2005 involves fine dining, moths, mouths, obliviousness, and a multiplying swarm of mice.

As through all of Adam’s art, this body of work concentrates on the balance between calm and panic, beauty and ugliness, renewal and destruction; so as to reveal the instant when everything starts to unravel. Small, unnoticed moments become significant in these works and, like magnified possibilities, have the capacity to expand exponentially.

Adam Stennett splits time between Brooklyn, New York and a cabin/studio in the mountains of northern California.
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