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Adam Brooks

Abel Joseph Gallery

Adam Brooks embossed the Esperanto phrase: “La Pova de Lingvo, La Nesufico de Vortoj,” (The power of language, the inadequacy of words) in bold press type on an ex-terior window of the gallery. Though the phrase was not conceived as the title of the exhibition, it nonetheless described the parameters of his inquiry. Brooks is an artist who stands in awe of language, and his multimedia art bears restless witness to the instability of words. Simultaneously intrigued and frightened by the inability of words to fully accommodate experience, as well as by our complete dependence on this inadequate vehicle of social discourse, Brooks investigates the confusing patterns that characterize communication.

In Dispenser, 1991, Brooks orchestrates a series of uneasy harmonies. Eight liquid-soap dispensers were filled with substances such as ketchup, coffee, honey, glue, white wine, liquor, and paper

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