Visiting Artist: Adam Cable, Class of 2013 Photography

Solo Exhibitions: Real Realities

When: August 25 - September 22, 2017
Where: Second Floor Gallery, Owen Hall
Opening Reception: Friday, August 25, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Gallery Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Monday - Friday
All events are free and open to the public

Adam Cable earned his BFA with a concentration in Photography from UNC Asheville in 2013. His BFA exhibition was titled Lavender War (additional images may be seen on his webpage). He received an MFA in Photography, Video, and Related Media at the School of Visual Arts, in New York City, in Spring 2017. Portraying physical environments as key influences in identity construction, his multi-surface image-based work continues to engage concepts he first encountered during his 2013 undergraduate thesis project.

About his time at UNC Asheville, he says, “The freedom to take classes within various liberal arts majors while pursuing a BFA degree allowed me to build a tailored foundation to my work, with sociology courses in particular informing my art studies. This versatility, along with the fantastic Undergraduate Research program, helped build the writing and critical thinking skills I use every day. Additionally, faculty members such as Eric and Carrie Tomberlin, Leisa Rundquist, and Brent Skidmore bring an invested enthusiasm to the department that makes it a challenging, exciting environment to study in."

His recent gallery exhibitions include upcoming Pulse Miami Beach (via SVA Galleries), December 7 – 10, 20174, 601 Collins Ave. Miami Beach, FL 33140; earlier in 2017 were Whispering Whims, SVA Flatiron Gallery, New York, NY; SPACE, Littlefield, Brooklyn NY (Curated by Float Photo Magazine)
; MFA Photo, Video, and Related Media Thesis Exhibition, SVA Chelsea Gallery, New York NY. Other exhibitions include 404: IRL Not Found (installation with Tim Hodge and Sullivan Gardner), Flatiron Project Space, New York NY
 (2016); Cross-Cultural Dialogue, Fantastic Art China, Javits Center, New York NY (2016); and Working Artists, Academic, Queens, NY (2015).

Artist Statement for Real Realities

Questioning my own inclination to seek validation by conformation, Real Realities emerged as a way to critically evaluate the frameworks that inform my thoughts and actions within space. Thinking about how photographs operate as volumetric and magnetic subjects in their own right, I reconfigure common substrates and forms within the American home in relation to abstract or idealized versions of them. In this work tangible structures actively portray and support images, highlighting gaps between physical reality (the thing itself) and versions of conceptual reality (the value placed upon the relative match between image and object).

These surfaces and representational depictions exist as present and sincere entities in one situation or another, even while undeniably failing in their embodiment of portrayal. Images lack an inherent honesty, whether as a unit or visualization, yet I live and move by them; they act as provisional stepping stones by which we as a society navigate time, space, and each other. Acknowledging how legitimacy shifts in relation to vantage point and context allows for a deeper understanding not only of how simultaneous realities can coincide, but also how these perceptions rely on external systems to validate or negate facts.

In today’s social and political climate, it is more important than ever to consider the role of framing in the interpretation, presentation, and access of information. If images construct environments, and environments construct identities, then these are some of the scenes that continue to inform my perception of self and others. More importantly, they represent the scaffolding of a subjectivity — one founded in part by veneer, facade, copy, illusion, and artificiality.

Full Image Identification:
1) Adam Cable, Render (from Real Realities). Inkjet print, embossed wallpaper, UV print on acrylic, medium density fiberboard, acrylic paint, wood, copper, steel, 28 x 20 x 5 inches, 2017.
2) Adam Cable, Save As from Real Realities). Inkjet prints, wood paneling, fiberboard, drywall, fiberglass insulation, 28 x 20 x 3 inches, 2017.
3) Adam Cable, Median, (from Real Realities), Vinyl siding, UV print on Coroplast, flakeboard, insulation foam, 28 x 20 x 4 inches
, 2017.
4) Adam Cable, Palm_Desktop.JPG (from Real Realities). Stacked inkjet prints, 14 x 10 inches
, 2016.
5) Adam Cable, Palm_Resize.JPG, (from Real Realities). Stacked inkjet prints, 14 x 10 inches, 2016.

To read more about Adam Cable, please visit his website.