JULY 18—AUGUST 30, 2014


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Adams and Ollman is pleased to present Forms & Objects, an exhibition of new work by Brion Nuda Rosch on view with a selection of Pre-Columbian Peruvian ceramics.

Rosch’s assemblages—made with materials that are humble in origin and slightly altered or transformed—are presented on pedestals where they defy easy categorization as paintings or sculptures, insignificant or monumental. These poetic, slight works works, united by a single color—a deep, earthy red-brown— and dominated by a simple shape—a rectangle, irregular and often missing a corner, are ambiguous in form and meaning, yet call to mind signposts that mark and highlight the ancient objects in the room.

United by several themes, across time, place and intention, Rosch's contemporary works and the Pre-Columbian Peruvian pottery are found, fragmented, abstract, and guided by rule and ritual. Rosch’s creative process, which involves searching for, manipulating and layering found materials, is evocative of the archaeological process of digging for evidence of a lost culture.

The people of the Nazca culture, who flourished from 100 BC to 600 AD on the southern coast of Peru, didn’t leave a historical record in the form of a written language. Their cups, vases, and effigy forms, while highly abstract, contain illustrations of anthropomorphic creatures and ritualistic trophy heads that provide us with insight into these ancient peoples. Similarly, a central shape—a paired down head or bust—pushes Rosch's works into the realm of figuration.

Working within the context of Pre-Columbian Peruvian pottery, Rosch further expands his practice of constructing or reconstructing narrative and identity through objects. Together, they gesture towards a reconsideration of the historical material and our relationship to the object and its history. How much can we know from what little we are given? What have we unearthed and how can we piece it together? What do we value and what do we hold sacred?