Almine Rech Shanghai is pleased to announce Justin Adian’s third solo exhibition with the gallery, on view from January 13 to March 11, 2023.
Is it sculpture, or is it painting, or is it something else entirely? This is the question that seems to naturally shadow the conversation surrounding Justin Adian’s provocative work. In Tipsy, on view at Almine Rech, Shanghai from January 13 – March 11, 2023, Adian continues to plumb this liminal territory with works that quite physically reside on a tilt, staunch in their sly and playful refusal to firmly alight on one side or the other.
The sense of unbalance in these works is compounded by their verticality; there is an innate, oblique figurative reference in these pieces, which hang tall and flush to the wall. But the mysterious, organic forms of their composition confer upon the works a more ancient quality, as if we were witnessing a cairn marking the way upon a trail, or more pointedly, perhaps a totem marking that suggestion of corporeality.
— Jessica Holmes, writer and art critic