Alexander Lendrum

Editorial curator, born and raised in Hong Kong.

Artist, Writer and Performer Adam Pendleton Explores the Potential of Language

There are artists that expertly create amazing visuals on to a canvas, regardless of what medium they choose to work on. And then there are artists who somehow transform the notion of exploration, and the subsequent presentation of that journey into an art form. Artist, writer and performer Adam Pendleton is one of the latter; a man that has tasked himself with exploring the potential of language, and the impact of typography. Looking over his recent body of work on his website, you’re instantly struck with recap shots of his recent exhibitions, all of which showcase his work that deals with monochromatic displays of texts and shapes. It’s confusing at first, but looking into it further, you discover that these images stem from poems, movement titles and and excerpts that deal with social issues.

This is what Pendleton does, he synthesizes thoughts, writings and well-documented issues into abstract forms of art that allows the viewer to see the reiteration of the material in new light. What’s also interesting is that Pendleton’s work, be it his first to his very current, is all part of one; one ongoing project, or as BOMB magazine puts it “a larger essayistic practice.” Outside of the messages the artist imbues into his work, Pendleton also explores the actual intake of information, such as “an illogical approach to organizing information.” It’s all very complicated stuff, but it’s well worth diving into, which you should do with his official website here, as well as a few selected examples found throughout. Don’t forget to follow him on Instagram as well.

Alexander Lendrum

Editorial curator, born and raised in Hong Kong.