Adam Shield, Expo Dream Leech at Drawing Room (Launch 22 May 2019)

Adam Shield (5-101) has been commissioned by Drawing Room for their Annotations 6 commission. Expo Dream Leech portrays a liquid, shape-shifting world. Virtual spaces are re-encountered through sequential images and shifts in scale that suggest existential anxiety, infinite scrolling and prophetic visions within a dystopian landscape.

Shield’s works explore unreconciled pictorial planes through layers of texture and figuration, using pliable media such as ink, oil bar, paint and monoprint. Transparent sheets are overlaid to compress and create the impression of a view into a dream sequence. The use of multiple panels employed in Expo Dream Leech respond to the scale of the space in Outset Study and reference Shield’s long-standing fascination with publication and comic book layout. In addition, the use of poster-print repetition of billboard imagery functions as a device to both sequence a series of images and create one whole image simultaneously.

Annotations is a series of artist commissions for Drawing Room’s Outset Study. Including 6 artists over a 3-year period, each artist undertakes a period of supported residency, researching the library collection to create a work for Outset Study - using the wall, the space, or intervening within the library collection itself. Annotations Outset Study Commissions are supported by Veronique Parke and Outset Contemporary Art Fund.

Text courtesy Drawing Room, 2019.

Exhibition Dates: 2 May-17 November 2019. Launch 22 May, 6.30-8pm.
Open Tuesday-Friday, 11am-6pm, Saturday-Sunday, 12-6pm.
Drawing Room, 1-27 Rodney Place, Elephant and Castle, London SE17 1PP.
More here: drawingroom.org.uk/events/annotations-6-launch-adam-shield

Adam Shield, Expo Dream Leech (detail), ink, mono-print, acetate, pastel on wooden panel, 18 x 27cm, 2019
Image courtesy the artist and Drawing Room, photo Eva Herzog