WHEN : 7th August – 17th August
WHERE Jan Murphy Gallery
Adam Lester’s work comes from a need to make sense of cultural ’noise’. Travels in Greece and Asia, and an interlude in the hippy north of New South Wales, have laid the groundwork for this artist’s penetrating perception of the contemporary milieu. Steering a course between the political and the aesthetic, Lester appropriates from the plethora of sensorium generated by the metropolis. Dualities have always fascinated him, and his titles often hint at contra interpretations. Pictorially words function both as form and meaning, creating a kind of frisson between an image’s layers. Vibrant colours and iconic signs often jostle uneasily together to produce highly kinetic surfaces.
Employing a stylistic vocabulary inherited from ready-made and pop art forms, the artist juxtaposes graphic art modes and gestural marks. Lester brings his face-off between high art and everyday culture to edgy resolution.