Amsterdam

Dennis Adams

Galerie Lumen Travo

Dennis Adams creates a dialectic between covering and exposing, between interior and exterior in this exhibition entitled “Vanities.” With the use of mirror and light, the back of the work Double Vanity, 1991, recalls a makeup table in a dressing room. The large, central mirror reflects the Stedelijk Museum across the street from the gallery, as well as the person in front of it. Thus it plays on the viewer’s vanity and his wishful projections, and on Adams’ own deceptive integration of the museum into the piece or his presumptuous goal of having the piece in the museum. This mirroring also reveals the mediation and close relationship between the two institutions, and the interchangeability of inside and outside. The front of the work presents a triptych. In the middle of this construction there is a large documentary photograph of Adams’ personal surroundings; we see the view from his

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