Published on the occasion of Mac Adams: Crimes of Perception, works from 1970′s, opening June 1st with reception from 3-5
Nine things I learned from the art of Mac Adams.
by David Campany
Let’s embrace the hybrid character of photography. In Mac Adams’ pictures you will find allusions to detective stories and news reportage, crime scenes and film noir, the Nouveau Roman and the photo-roman, movie publicity and film frames, snapshots and high art, advertising and the still life, voyeurism and exhibitionism, glamour and horror, sculpture and painting, literature and architecture. When he began to make these works the reigning dogma in photographic art was still very much about purity, about finding the ground and the qualities that belonged to the medium alone. That was becoming something of a dead end. Why shouldn’t photography accept and enjoy the overlaps with the other arts? Moreover, might this hybrid approach actually cast new light on what really is particular about the medium?