Adam Opet

January 23–March 7, 2020 Bulletin Board
Adam Opet, installation view, 2020 (The corner of a small room. On the wall to the right is a metal and cork bulletin board in which twenty four identically sized drawings are installed in a four by six grid. The drawings are made with black ink on brown kraft paper vintage 45rpm record sleeves. On the wall to the left of the bulletin board are two paintings on found wood.  Many of the works feature cartoon-like depictions of heads seen in profile with animals, plants and intricate patterns.)

Adam Opet, installation view, 2020

Adam Opet, installation view, 2020 (A tight view of the corner of a room. On the wall to the right is a drawing in black ink on brown paper, depicting a rectangular stylized head in profile, with various intricate patterns drawn on the side of the head. On the wall to the left is a small painting, also depicting a rectangular stylized head in profile, in red and black ink on a board. Both the heads have a skinny forked tongue coming out of an open mouth.)

Adam Opet, installation view, 2020

Adam Opet, installation view, 2020 (A view of a small room. On the wall to the left is a painting on found wood, depicting a rectangular stylized head in profile. On the back wall is a bulletin board which twenty four identically sized drawings are installed in a four by six grid. Next to that is another head in profile painting, in red ink on a white board. On the wall to the right is a tall skinny painting of a stylized figure.)

Adam Opet, installation view, 2020

Adam Opet, installation view, 2020 (A tall skinny drawing in black ink on found wood painted white. The work is installed on a narrow section of a protruding wall. Unlike many others in the exhibition this drawing features the entire figure standing on a skull, rendered with bold line work in a cartoon-like fashion.)

Adam Opet, installation view, 2020

Adam Opet Untitled, 2017 - 2020 Ink on found record sleeve 7 x 7 in. (A drawing in black ink on a found brown kraft paper 45rpm record sleeve. The drawing depicts a profile of a square stylized head two mouths that are showing teeth. The head is divided into sections containing various patterns made of line work.)

Adam Opet

Untitled, 2017 – 2020

Ink on found record sleeve

7 × 7 in.

Adam Opet Untitled, n.d. Acrylic and ink on drawer 17.5 x 32 in. (A painting on found wood with a metal handle fixed to the top edge. In the center is a black and white depiction of a stylized head in profile looking to the left, filled with various intricate patterns. The head has its mouth slightly open, and there are two skinny forked tongues flowing out of it.)

Adam Opet

Untitled, n.d.

Acrylic and ink on drawer

17.5 × 32 in.

White Columns is pleased to present a solo exhibition in our ‘Bulletin Board’ project space by the Brooklyn-based artist Adam Opet (b. 1982, San Jose, CA.)

Opet’s installation focuses on his ongoing series of ink drawings made on vintage 45rpm record sleeves (their age and patina suggesting that they might have once housed raw blues, rockabilly, country, or garage recordings.) Informed by a wide range of counter-cultural and musical sources (inc. underground comics, graffiti, metal and punk graphics) Opet’s drawings invariably feature an imagined portrait, typically seen in profile, with each image ‘punctured’ by the die-cut circular ‘void’ of the record sleeve’s central aperture: literally forming a “hole in the head.” With their use of antique paper supports, Opet’s ink drawings conjure up an earlier, analog, pre-digital era: a hard-to-identify time and place populated by a cast of decidedly shady characters and demonic misfits.

Adam Opet’s work has been included in group shows in the Bay Area and in a 2017 solo presentation at New York’s legendary bar Max Fish. He has self-published a number of ‘zines and chap books of his drawings. He currently works at the East 12th Street branch of New York’s iconic Academy Records.

Adam Opet’s exhibition re-launches White Columns ‘Bulletin Board’ project space. ‘The Bulletin Board’ was an initiative of White Columns’ director Matthew Higgs that originally debuted at the CCA Wattis Institute in San Francisco c. 2003 with projects by Trisha Donnelly, Jim Jocoy and Monte Cazazza, among others. Since 2005 White Columns’ ‘Bulletin Board’ has housed a wide range of projects by artists and writers inc.: Malcolm Mooney, Karl Holmqvist, Josephine Meckseper, Simon Evans, Josh Shaddock, Cynthia Daignault, Matt Keegan, Douglas Blau, Tim Griffin, Ryan Foerster, and Kevin Killian, among many others.

For further information, contact: info@whitecolumns.org

Adam Opet, installation view, 2020 (The corner of a small room. On the wall to the right is a metal and cork bulletin board in which twenty four identically sized drawings are installed in a four by six grid. The drawings are made with black ink on brown kraft paper vintage 45rpm record sleeves. On the wall to the left of the bulletin board are two paintings on found wood.  Many of the works feature cartoon-like depictions of heads seen in profile with animals, plants and intricate patterns.)
Adam Opet, installation view, 2020 (A tight view of the corner of a room. On the wall to the right is a drawing in black ink on brown paper, depicting a rectangular stylized head in profile, with various intricate patterns drawn on the side of the head. On the wall to the left is a small painting, also depicting a rectangular stylized head in profile, in red and black ink on a board. Both the heads have a skinny forked tongue coming out of an open mouth.)
Adam Opet, installation view, 2020 (A view of a small room. On the wall to the left is a painting on found wood, depicting a rectangular stylized head in profile. On the back wall is a bulletin board which twenty four identically sized drawings are installed in a four by six grid. Next to that is another head in profile painting, in red ink on a white board. On the wall to the right is a tall skinny painting of a stylized figure.)
Adam Opet, installation view, 2020 (A tall skinny drawing in black ink on found wood painted white. The work is installed on a narrow section of a protruding wall. Unlike many others in the exhibition this drawing features the entire figure standing on a skull, rendered with bold line work in a cartoon-like fashion.)
Adam Opet Untitled, 2017 - 2020 Ink on found record sleeve 7 x 7 in. (A drawing in black ink on a found brown kraft paper 45rpm record sleeve. The drawing depicts a profile of a square stylized head two mouths that are showing teeth. The head is divided into sections containing various patterns made of line work.)
Adam Opet Untitled, n.d. Acrylic and ink on drawer 17.5 x 32 in. (A painting on found wood with a metal handle fixed to the top edge. In the center is a black and white depiction of a stylized head in profile looking to the left, filled with various intricate patterns. The head has its mouth slightly open, and there are two skinny forked tongues flowing out of it.)

Adam Opet, installation view, 2020 (The corner of a small room. On the wall to the right is a metal and cork bulletin board in which twenty four identically sized drawings are installed in a four by six gridThe drawings are made with black ink on brown kraft paper vintage 45rpm record sleeves. On the wall to the left of the bulletin board are two paintings on found wood.  Many of the works feature cartoon-like depictions of heads seen in profile with animals, plants and intricate patterns.)

Adam Opet, installation view, 2020 (A tight view of the corner of a room. On the wall to the right is a drawing in black ink on brown paper, depicting a rectangular stylized head in profile, with various intricate patterns drawn on the side of the head. On the wall to the left is a small painting, also depicting a rectangular stylized head in profile, in red and black ink on a board. Both the heads have a skinny forked tongue coming out of an open mouth.)

Adam Opet, installation view, 2020 (A view of a small room. On the wall to the left is a painting on found wood, depicting a rectangular stylized head in profile. On the back wall is a bulletin board which twenty four identically sized drawings are installed in a four by six gridNext to that is another head in profile painting, in red ink on a white board. On the wall to the right is a tall skinny painting of a stylized figure.)

Adam Opet, installation view, 2020 (A tall skinny drawing in black ink on found wood painted white. The work is installed on a narrow section of a protruding wall. Unlike many others in the exhibition this drawing features the entire figure standing on a skull, rendered with bold line work in a cartoon-like fashion.)

Adam Opet Untitled, 2017 – 2020 Ink on found record sleeve 7 × 7 in. (A drawing in black ink on a found brown kraft paper 45rpm record sleeve. The drawing depicts a profile of a square stylized head two mouths that are showing teeth. The head is divided into sections containing various patterns made of line work.)

Adam Opet Untitled, n.d. Acrylic and ink on drawer 17.5 × 32 in. (A painting on found wood with a metal handle fixed to the top edge. In the center is a black and white depiction of a stylized head in profile looking to the left, filled with various intricate patterns. The head has its mouth slightly open, and there are two skinny forked tongues flowing out of it.)