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Almine Rech

Justin Adian Waltz

Jan 9 — Feb 27, 2016 | Paris

Uncertain Evidence
by Marie Maertens

Paintings, sculptures? Objects, ceramics? Justin Adian’s works, presented for the first time in a solo exhibition in France, are difficult to define at first glance. It takes a moment before you can read past their apparent ambiguity.Whether  they  look  like  marouflage  paintings,  volumes  hung  on  a  wall,  or  delicious, abstract, dynamic works, the pieces that Justin Adian creates joyfully communicate a “can-do“ spirit. And in fact, the artist spends long hours in the studio, composing and recomposing, constructing, deconstructing, reconstructing, bringing several forces into play. These misleadingly soft shapes, made initially from cushions pressed into chassis, are then covered with stretched canvas. Naturally, in line with the tradition of American sculpture, they recall the works of Robert Morris, Richard Tuttle, Lynda Benglis, but also Franz West and even Eva Hesse. Dancing and active, they also conjure up Ellsworth Kelly‘s paintings. However…

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Selected artworks

  • Justin Adian,                                      Almost there, 2015

    Justin Adian Almost there, 2015

    Oil enamel on canvas over ester foam
    215,9 x 68,58 x 7,62 cm

  • Justin Adian,                                      Double Down, 2015

    Justin Adian Double Down, 2015

    Oil enamel on canvas over ester foam
    91,44 x 144,78 x 15,24 cm

  • Justin Adian,                                      Wayfaring, 2015

    Justin Adian Wayfaring, 2015

    Oil enamel on canvas over ester foam
    121,92 x 198,12 x 20,32 cm

  • Justin Adian,                                      Bear claw, 2015

    Justin Adian Bear claw, 2015

    Oil enamel on canvas over ester foam
    68,58 x 86,36 x 7,62 cm

  • Justin Adian,                                      Birdie, 2015

    Justin Adian Birdie, 2015

    Oil enamel on canvas over ester foam
    60,96 x 66,04 x 15,24 cm

  • Justin Adian,                                      Blossom, 2015

    Justin Adian Blossom, 2015

    Oil enamel on canvas over ester foam
    22,86 x 25,4 x 7,62 cm

  • Justin Adian,                                      Casual, 2015

    Justin Adian Casual, 2015

    Oil enamel on canvas over ester foam
    66,04 x 58,42 x 7,62 cm

  • Justin Adian,                                      Lilly, 2015

    Justin Adian Lilly, 2015

    Oil enamel on canvas over ester foam
    12,7 x 20,32 x 7,62 cm

  • Justin Adian,                                      Low land, 2015

    Justin Adian Low land, 2015

    Oil enamel on canvas over ester foam
    182,88 x 27,94 x 7,62 cm

  • Justin Adian,                                      Nomad, 2015

    Justin Adian Nomad, 2015

    Oil enamel on canvas over ester foam
    33,02 x 48,26 x 12,7 cm

  • Justin Adian,                                      Partial, 2015

    Justin Adian Partial, 2015

    Oil enamel on canvas over ester foam
    144,78 x 27,94 x 7,62 cm

  • Justin Adian,                                      Rounder, 2015

    Justin Adian Rounder, 2015

    Oil enamel on canvas over ester foam
    114,3 x 119,38 x 20,32 cm

  • Justin Adian,                                      Tie, 2015

    Justin Adian Tie, 2015

    Oil enamel on canvas over ester foam
    47 x 180,34 x 17,78 cm

  • Justin Adian,                                      Tipt, 2015

    Justin Adian Tipt, 2015

    Oil enamel on canvas over ester foam
    20,32 x 30,48 x 5,08 cm

  • Justin Adian,                                      Two Piece, 2015

    Justin Adian Two Piece, 2015

    Oil enamel on canvas over ester foam
    58,42 x 71,12 x 7,62 cm

  • Justin Adian,                                      Drifting, 2015

    Justin Adian Drifting, 2015

    Oil enamel on canvas over ester foam
    109,22 x 187,96 x 15,24 cm

  • Justin Adian,                                      Pull, 2015

    Justin Adian Pull, 2015

    Oil enamel on canvas over ester foam
    190,5 x 50 x 7,62 cm

  • Justin Adian,                                      Nuptuals, 2015

    Justin Adian Nuptuals, 2015

    Oil enamel on canvas over ester foam
    127 x 190,5 x 15,24 cm

  • Justin Adian,                                      RPM, 2015

    Justin Adian RPM, 2015

    Oil enamel on canvas over ester foam
    144,78 x 88,9 x 15,24 cm

  • Justin Adian,                                      Either Way, 2015

    Justin Adian Either Way, 2015

    Oil enamel on canvas over ester foam
    172,72 x 93,98 x 15,24 cm

  • Justin Adian,                                      Pickett, 2015

    Justin Adian Pickett, 2015

    Oil enamel on canvas over ester foam
    182,88 x 109,22 x 22,86 cm

  • Justin Adian,                                      Welch, 2015

    Justin Adian Welch, 2015

    Oil enamel on canvas over ester foam
    104 x 147 x 7,62 cm