Yonge Street south of Queen Street
Auto Lamp, 2009
Kim Adams - Toronto, Canada
Dodge Ram van 96
A vehicle is supposed to light the way ahead and signal its presence to those behind. Adams shifts Auto Lamp's original functionality to a kind of lighthouse on land, or for this occasion, an oversized lamp for night owls. Placed on a rotating display, the Auto Lamp is signaling in place guiding the viewer to both stay and go. Turn off the car, turn on the light. Turning 360º, the road's line is revised to a slow whirl, a traffic circle of light. Adams' work frequently involves vehicles, but often his sculptural intervention is additive, the vehicle outgrows its bounds and becomes a bemusing behemoth. Staging a surplus of scenes colliding in a multitude of scales, the resulting sculptures are pure excess. Auto Lamp suggests a new direction for Adams, here the process of subtraction he employs similarly produces an excess, but of the immaterial. Light beams puncture the auto's body and pour out in all directions — the patterned pores of all sizes create a mesmerizing decorative display. The vehicle's consistency is compromised, it's barely there, it's more holes than whole.
Kim Adams currently lives in rural Ontario. He is a "process-oriented" artist who manipulates pop cultural artefacts, i.e. found objects to create miniature worlds and buildings. This internationally known contemporary Canadian artist manufactures inexplicable structures often influenced by architectural accidents. He has shown his work nationally and internationally since 1978.
Suitable for all ages
In association with The Green Corridor Project, Windsor, Ontario
Thank you to: Diaz Contemporary
Thank you to:
Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts