Critics’ Picks

Untitled (Brighter Than a Thousand Suns), 2001.


Adam Ross

Nylon Gallery
10 Vyner Street
May 5–June 10

“In Echoed Steps I Walked Across This Empty Dream‚” the title of Californian painter Adam Ross’s first solo show in the UK, is entirely appropriate to his ethereal, futuristic vision of the urban landscape. In five paintings and one long graphite drawing, Ross offers us crystalline windows on a floating world of impossibly perfect quasi-architectural structures and cloudless pastel skies. Inspired as much by the endearing mistakes of predictive science fiction and the fantastical imagery of Yves Tanguy as they are by the realities of contemporary digital technology, the utopia that Ross imagines appears subtly retrograde, yet untouchably elegant.