In calculated performances that intersect with photography’s documentary potential, Adam Ekberg explores ephemeral occurrences that can serve as metaphors for existence. Making such humble events happen is alchemy of sorts, the transformation of the mundane into the poignant.
Within the constructed images, he repositions specific iconography to create minor spectacles. His process requires detailed and elaborate production outside the photographic frame so that what appears within the frame implies simplicity and straightforwardness. For Ekberg, it is important that these constructions actually exist in the world if only for the moment in which the photograph is made.
Adam Ekberg was born in Boston Massachusetts, he received his MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2006. Adam’s recently had solo-exhibitions at Fotografiska, Stockholm Sweden; Thomas Robertello Gallery, Chicago; Platform Gallery, Seattle and DeSoto Gallery, Los Angeles. Recent group exhibitions of Adam’s work include, Aran Cravey Gallery, Los Angles; DePaul Art Museum, Chicago; ClampArt, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago and Crawford Art Gallery, Cork Ireland. Adam’s work is in the permanent collections of The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. He is the recipient of a 2013 Tanne Foundation Award. Adam lives with his spouse and dog along the Delaware River in western New Jersey.