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View of “David Adamo,” 2013.

David Adamo

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View of “David Adamo,” 2013.

Picking one’s way through Berlin-based sculptor David Adamo’s second solo exhibition at this gallery made one feel oddly like a goldfish in a domestic aquarium. Scattered across the floor—and oriented according to the directions they would face in nature—were a number of variously shaped but generally amorphous and sandy-colored waist-high peaks and accretions with the pitted, spongy look of undersea coral. Negotiating these clumps, which are actually cast from clay models in a synthetic plaster called Zellan, the viewer might almost have expected to encounter a tiny model shipwreck or a bubbling oxygen pump. Low lighting contributed to a submerged or subterranean feel; if these weren’t reefs, perhaps they were stalagmites?

In fact, the inspiration for Adamo’s new body of work was the termite mound, a natural marvel with obvious appeal to an artist interested in structural

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