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Adam Cvijanovic

Bellwether

During a lull that followed a brace of solo exhibitions in the early 1990s at Richard Anderson’s now-defunct New York gallery, Adam Cvijanovic found work painting decorative murals in extravagant Long Island dining rooms, retreating to his studio in the evenings and on the weekends. He had already often worked on a large scale, once exhibiting a mural-size painting of Lower East Side tenements, so bridging the conceptual gap between his day job and his night calling was largely a matter of finding a way to use trompe l’oeil effects in a truly artistic context. Enter, in 1999, Tyvek, the semiporous synthetic material used for FedEx envelopes and as a lightweight sealant in building construction.

Cvijanovic has painted on wallpaper-like rolls of this material ever since, creating epic (and portable) scenes by affixing adjoined panels directly to gallery walls. This conflation of architectural

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