Adam Parker Smith // Forever 21 // Nov 9th – Dec 15th

Adam Parker Smith, Installation view, "Forever 21".

Adam Parker Smith, Installation view, "Forever 21".

Adam Parker Smith, Installation view, "Forever 21".

Adam Parker Smith, Untitled (Car in Bottle) Diecast 1/18th scale antiqued Volkswagen Bug (1983), hand blown glass. 33” by 12” by 14” 2012

Untitled (Kanye Shutter Shades) 2012 aluminum, nylon, wood 114" by 56"

Leisure rules, resin, frosting spray, c print, plexi, 30" x 40" 2012


San Francisco, August 25, 2012 — Ever Gold Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new work by Adam Parker Smith entitled, Forever 21. In his second solo show with the gallery, Smith presents a collection of works that metamorphous from prank like shrugs into finely calibrated tools for the imperceptible transfer of ideas. Behind the guise of adolescent like observations of universal conundrums the cognitive catalysts contained in each work make it past the security of our better judgment, nagging at our insecurities and shattering any sense of complacency. Forever 21 offers reflections on the juvenile moments that imprint our memory and shape our adult perspectives on larger concepts of hope, triumph, faith and humility.


At once jocular and sincere, the work for Forever 21 functions similarly to the comedic device of the one-liner.  The delivery is concise and meaningful.  Smith’s enigmatic marriage proposal composed of thousands of sewn together friendship bracelets, or his 1/16 model of a Volkswagen Bug fit into a hand blown glass bottle operate immediately and universally with the simplicity of a joke or earnest prank. Smith invites further consideration, conversation and colloquy through his ability to navigate a suggested irreverence while maintaining sincere empathy for his subject matter.


Approaching his metanarrative from an array of angles, each work varies drastically from the next in both immediate subject matter and form.   Gyneocentric bound foam sitting atop bundled faux-marble formica pedestals contrast against a condensation filled framed Mathew Broderick poster the exclaims “Leisure Rules”, and a watermelon with a suggestively penetrable glowing hole.


Adam Parker Smith received his BA from the University of California at Santa Cruz and his MFA from Tyler School of Art. He has attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Sculpture Space, Bemis, Djerassi, Jentel, and Atlantic Center for the Arts. His work has been shown widely in the USA as well as internationally at Urbis, Manchester, England, Nordine Zidoun, Luxembourg, Priska Juschka, New York, The Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Berkshire Museum, Massachusetts, The Soap Factory Minneapolis, Painted Bride, Philadelphia, Parisian Laundry, Montreal, the Times Museum Guangzhou, China, and the Maraya Art Centre in Sharjah, U.A.E. Smith lives and works in New York.


"Bottom 2" 2012 foam, rope, formica, bungee 22" by 24" by 50"


Artists Website


Installation at Times Museum, Guangzhou, China with, Preggers, Fox in Box, Crush, and Cage 2011


2012 Ever Gold Gallery, San Francisco, Forever 21
Nordine ZIDOUN, Luxembourg, Funny Business
2011 Ever Gold Gallery, San Francisco, Crush
2010 Galerie Sho Contemporary, Tokyo, Over The Hills and Far Away
Eastern Illinois University, Thriller, Tarble Arts Center
University of Maryland, The Bad, The Bad, The Bad
2009 University of Wisconsin, Be Hapi, Allen Priebe Gallery
Parisian Laundry, Montreal, Royal Turn
New York University Broadway Windows, Bold as Love
2008 Nordine ZIDOUN, Luxembourg, Please Allow Me to Introduce Myself
2006 Painted Bride, Philadelphia, Sweetness
Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts, It Feels Good to be Faithful to You

2012 A Summer Group Show, Ever Gold Gallery, San Francisco
A Gleeful and Relentless Forward Moving of Time, Carmichael Gallery, Culver City
Young Curators, New Ideas IV, Meulensteen Gallery, New York
Post Acid, Small Black Door, New York
Ghost Face, Bobby Redd Project Space, New York
This Side of Paradise, Andrew Freedman House, New York
2011 Blind Spot, Airplane Gallery, New York
Shift Mindsets, Times Museum, Guangzhou, China
Cowboy Mouth, St. Cecilia’s, New York
Al Ghaib, Aesthetics of the Disappearance, Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah,
UAE, and STUX, New York
2010 Growing Pains, Charles de Jonghe, Brussels, Belgium
The West at Sunset, Abrons Art Center, New York
Skowhegan at 92YTribeca, 92YTribeca, New York
Unveil, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Philadelphia
Armed and Dangerous: The Art of the Arsenal, Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield
2009 Thread Baring, Union Art Gallery, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
The Austerity Cookbook, The Soap Factory, Minneapolis
2008 State of the Art: New York, Urbis, Manchester, England
Feast of Burden, TSST Gallery, Hong Kong, 2008
Peekskill Project, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art
Summertime In Paris, Parisian Laundry, Montreal, QC
Galerie Nordine ZIDOUN, Paris, France
2007 VOXXOXO, Vox Populi, Philadelphia
I Died For Beauty, Newman Popiashvili, New York
Working Space 07, Cuchifritos, New York
2006 Pay to Play, Black Floor Gallery, Philadelphia
Works On Paper, Arcadia University, Philadelphia
2005 Selected Works on Paper, Philadelphia International Airport, Philadelphia
Baltimore Bound, MICA, Baltimore
2003 Biennial M.F.A. Group Exhibition, Delaware Center for the
Contemporary Arts, Wilmington

2008 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture
2001-2003 Tyler School of Art, Temple University, M.F.A. Painting
1996-2000 University of California at Santa Cruz, B.A. Painting

2012 AIRspace Residency, Abrons Art Center
Wave Hill Winter Residency Program
2011 Triangle Arts Residency Program
Swing Space Residency Program, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
2010 Sculpture Space Residency Program
Elizabeth Foundation Studio Space
2009 Djerassi Residency
2008 Blue Mountain Artist Residency
Atlantic Center for the Arts
2007 Blue Sky Program, Illinois
2006 Chashama Studio Program, New York
Artists Alliance Inc, Rotating Studio Program, New York
Artists in Residence Program, Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership

2012 September, Modern Painters, “Hot Picks”
July 10, Chloe Wyma, ARTINFO, “Bright Young Things”
June 12, Hrag Vartanian,, “9 Artist to Watch from
the 2012 Bushwick Open Studios”
Jun 7, Paddy Johnson,, Bushwick Basel: “Best in Show”
May 5, Tina Orlandini, The Huffington Post, “Reinventing the Pop-up
Gallery With Sights on Community”
May 31, NY Arts Magazine, “Four Shows To See During Bushwick Open Studios”
March 27, Jaime Rojo and Steven Harrington, The Huffington Post, “Poor
House for the Rich Revitalized by the Arts”
March 21, Paul D’ Agostino, The L Magazine, “Phantasmagoria and Phalli
at Ghost Face”
2011 September 21, Benjamin Sutton, The L Magazine, “Ten Must-Sees at
This Weekend’s DUMBO Arts Festival”
August, Nie Yiting,, “Critics pick, Guangdong Times Museum”
March 22,, “The Art of Adam Parker Smith”
March, David Everitt Howe, Art Review, “The West at Sunset”
2010 June 23, Deirdre Hering, The L Magazine, “See Something Among
Works That Say Nothing”
May , Manya Scheps, Philadelphia Weekly, “Value City”
Spring, Rachel Wolff, Whitewall Magazine, “New Artist Profile”, Issue 17
January 19, Jonathan Wallis, City Paper Philadelphia, ““Unveil” at
Tiger Strikes Asteroid”
2009 September/ October, Ian Bourland,, “Critics pick,
The Austerity Cookbook”
June/July, Stacey Dewolfe, Montreal Mirror, “Guns N’ Antlers”
April / May, Art World, “Urbis Delivers Hot Stuff From New York”
April 30, Roberta Smith, The New York Times, “Humble Fabric Takes Center Stage”
April 15, Angela Kelly, Trafford Metro News, “Big Apple Art, but Bite-sized”
March 7, Karen Rosenberg, The New York Times, “Toplessness and
Taxidermy in Art Fairs Surrounding Armory”
January 30, Didier Damiani, d’Land Kultur, “Corpus Christi Amen”
January 25, Francesco Amorosino, Nanni Magazine, “Adam Parker Smith:
il futile tramonto immediate”
January 19, Laetitia Collin, La Voix, “Un Materialism Encombant”
January 14, Pablo Chimiente, Les Loisirs, “Drole De Communion”
2008 Allison Gibson, Beautiful Decay, Issue Y
September 26, Benjamin Genocchio, The New York Times, “In Peekskill, 2
Shows of Raw Works”
May, Michael Harvey, Art in America, “Review of Exhibitions”
March 29, Sarah Schmerler, New York Post, “Change of Art”
2007 December 18, R.C. Baker, Village Voice, “Recommendations by R.C. Baker”
Nov/Dec, Fiber Arts, “Artist and Teens: Bold as Love”
2006 February 5, William Pym,, “Pay to Play”
April 9, Benjamin Genocchio, The New York Times, “Love, Without Makeup”
February 2-8, Lori Hill, City Paper Philadelphia, “Whales and Jails”
February 1, Lex Chalat, Philadelphia Weekly, “Editor’s Picks”