Victoria Adam’s first solo exhibition in Amsterdam at Marian Cramer Projects, Leks, is a collection of new sculptures exploring ideas of personal space, chance connection, desire and derision.
Adam makes sculptures intended to be experienced close-up and draw people into their intimacy. Borrowing from the world of the health and beauty aisle, domestic space and contemporary anxieties, the works often make use of tactile and sensually appealing materials.
Through the methods of their making, these objects are usually intensely handled and worked, resulting in a contrast between cleanly polished surfaces and hands-on grubbiness.
Leks is suggestive of personal space played out in public; cosmetics counter makeovers, the smell of body odour during rush-hour, hair salon shop fronts, eating on airplanes; experiences that for the most part are carried out in privacy – grooming, feeding, tending to the body – exacted in public and their relative pleasures, rituals and awkwardnesses.
Victoria Adam (b. Somerset, 1983) lives and works in London and graduated from Royal Academy of Art in 2015.
Recent exhibitions include middens❧ at Kingsgate Workshops, London, 2015, ( ゜_゜)彡 at Caustic Coastal, Manchester, 2014 and Chalk Blush at Kinman, London, 2014. Adam was also part of the show 5 Royal Academy Alumni at Marian Cramer Projects during Amsterdam Art Weekend 2015.
Marian Cramer Projects is proud to present “5 Alumni Royal Academy Schools London’, an exhibition featuring work by Victoria Adham, Adham Faramawy, Daniel Lipp, Joe Frazer and Prem Sahib.
foto’s Fabian Landewee
Lives and works London
2012 - 2015 Post Graduate Diploma Fine Art, Royal Academy Schools, London
2002 - 2006 BA Fine Art, Slade School of Art, London
LEKS (Solo show) Marian Cramer Projects Amsterdam, 2016
middens❧ (Solo show) Kingsgate Workshops, London, 2015
SoLow - 5 (Solo show) Caustic Coastal, Manchester, 2015
RA Schools Graduation Show Royal Academy of Art Schools, London, 2015
Joel Wyllie & Victoria Adam Kennington Space, London, 2015
Premiums, RA Interim show Royal Academy of Art, London, 2014
Caustic Coastal x Manchester Contemporary (Art Fair) Manchester, 2014
( ゚_ ゚)彡 Caustic Coastal, Manchester, 2014
Chalk Blush Kinman, London, 2014
BB#8: Dawdle Curated by Gareth Bell-Jones, Space, London, 2013
Contested Ground Curated by Goldsmiths' Curating MFA /RCA Curating
Contemporary Art MA, 176 Gallery, London, 2009
A Stiff Bandeau Tricycle Gallery, London, 2009
Crayon That I’m Holding Tricycle Gallery, London, 2008
Drawing Under Construction Centre for Recent Drawing, London, 2008
Materials Residency : Clay, Kingsgate Artists Residency, London, 2015-2016
Summer Residency at Basket House Village Universe, London, 2011
RA Schools Sculpture Award, 2015
Frank and Lady Short Prize, 2014