Adel Abdessemed

Kamel Mennour | Rue Saint-André des Arts

Adel Abdessemed, an Algerian artist now working in Paris, uses a wide variety of media without revealing a preference for one over another or a hierarchy among them. This show included staged photographs, drawings in colored marker on ripped-out sheets of notebook paper, animated films, a video, and sculptures. There is, nevertheless, a common point that unites all these apparently disjointed practices—the simplicity of the materials (paper, polystyrene, terra-cotta) and of the methods employed (folding, rudimentary animation techniques). This allows the viewer immediate contact with the work, which moreover heightens its playful quality (wordplay, exuberant gestures) and recourse to explicit symbolics: universal brand names (Coca-Cola), money (the dollar sign), widely diffused images (NASA’s Mars rover, Spirit), symbols of various religions (the Star of David).

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