‘Social networking captures the techno-chic of the moment, but for all its glitz as the latest new technology to bind, bond and communicate, the principles it enshrines originate deep in our evolutionary past’. Clive Gamble from Thinking Big
Eleven is pleased to present new paintings by Adam Dix in All Are Welcome. Dix distills the social origins of communication through religion, folklore and national pageantry. He investigates the collective consciousness of past and present societies, exploring how we utilise social systems to create unity with one another.
All Are Welcome refers to unification through both traditional and contemporary ways of connecting. Traditional realms for networking within communities may have developed at a church or village green, acting as a stage where the community physically comes together to strengthen common ideals. Modern societies’ methods of connecting have shifted towards creating a unifying experience through our screens. We are homogenised and alone together. However symbolically, the ways we have evolved to communicate offer us the same sense of belonging.
Dix’s paintings explore the many strata of connecting through bringing the past and present forms of communication together. Puppet (2015) depicts a communication mast appropriated as a processional effigy, which acts as a unifying event. He expresses togetherness using symbols from both past and present ideas of European folk custom, performance and festival.
Dix’s palette of muted colours and hazy imagery root each work in a time of historical optimism. He references the imagined futures of our predecessors through his use of colour, linking the subject of contemporary technology to its 1950s origins. He applies numerous washes of ink and oil to build up the colours and imagery in each work. His process demands conscientiousness and precision, as once a colour is laid on to the surface it can’t be changed.
Adam Dix was born in 1967 and lives and works in London. His work has been featured in exhibitions including: Jerwood Drawing Prize, Jerwood Space, London (2013) Yesterday’s Prophets, Eleven, London (2013), The Future Can Wait, London (2011 and 2012), Fratenise – The Salon, Beaconsfield, London (2011), and Transmission, Haunch of Venison, London (2010). His work is also part of prestigious collections including the Royal Collection of Monaco and the Zabludowicz Collection, London.