ADAM MARNIE THE RED SHOW
SEPTEMBER 9 – OCTOBER 15, 2023
BASKET BOOKS & ART, HOUSTON
BASKET BOOKS & ART IS PLEASED TO PRESENT THE RED SHOW, a solo exhibition by Houston-based artist Adam Marnie consisting of a selection of works in sculpture, painting, and photography, variously linked by the color red. The Red Show is on view September 9 – October 15, 2023, with an opening reception on September 9 from 2–5pm.
The isolation and presentation of red courses through modernity, from its use in painting by Malevich, to its association with Nazism, to its glorious subversion in Punk. Overused, if not ineloquent, red has been exploited endlessly in consumer products like Coca-Cola and Marlboro, fast food chains and banks. Marnie’s use of red mines its ubiquity while also making room for its potential as a potent and endless site of exploration.
The Red Show stretches out in different directions, and the works—most of which were made over the last month—are immediate, formal and linguistic, making use of material directly at hand. Red, supersaturated and primary, operates as an expressive misnomer or deflecting shield, holding the works together as a group and as an independent current running through and alongside the work.
Many of Marnie’s earlier works were similarly circumscribed by the utilization of various imagistic clichés: the flower, the cube, the rupture. In those works, such tropes were both what the work was physically made of but also always as an open void to let in other, even oppositional, things. Self-prescribed, Marnie’s “red” prompt for this exhibition taps into this stream of thought, starting with the first red works he made over a decade ago. Two of the included works (dating from 2014 and 2018) set the stage. The rest of the works in the show (all 2023) were made in Marnie’s home and backyard at 4225 Gibson Street, where he lives with his wife and child, and runs the gallery and publishing project F.
Adam Marnie (b. 1977, Minneapolis) is an artist, writer, publisher and art dealer living in Houston. His work was included in recent group exhibitions at White Columns, Magenta Plains, and Kerry Schuss Gallery (all New York); / (Slash), San Francisco; Arturo Bandini and Bad Reputation (both Los Angeles). Solo exhibitions of his red work include Recursion, Ellie Rines, 55 Gansevoort, New York (2014), Recursions, Halsey McKay Gallery, East Hampton, NY (2014), and in a presentation with Derek Eller Gallery at the Brussels Art Fair (2013). His two-person collaboration with New York- and Berlin-based artist Aura Rosenberg was included in the Texas Biennial at FotoFest (2021). His book The Origin of Mark Flood, chronicling Flood’s life from 1987–1992, was published by Karma, New York, in 2022.
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