Adam Ekberg

Baseball on the Radio

January 18 – February 23, 2014

Adam Ekberg: Baseball on the Radio (installation view), January 18 - February 23, 2014

Adam Ekberg: Baseball on the Radio (installation view), January 18 - February 23, 2014

Press Release

De Soto Gallery is pleased to announce “Baseball on the Radio,” an exhibition of photographs by Adam Ekberg on view from January 18 - February 23, 2013. This is Ekberg’s first solo exhibition in Los Angeles. The artist will be present for an opening reception on Saturday, January 18 from 6pm to 8pm.

By documenting carefully staged performances, Adam Ekberg makes images that are as unexpected as they are evocative. His photographs feature everyday objects awakened through the artist’s precise interventions: fire shoots from an aerosol can, milk jumps out of a drinking glass, and a flying pineapple eclipses the sun. These images seem simultaneously impossible and authentic, elaborate and humble, poignant and humorous. 

The title “Baseball on the Radio” emphasizes these paradoxes by suggesting an intimate and imaginative experience. While radio is inherently aural and photography is visual, listening to baseball on the radio requires visualizing an elaborate and complex game. The experience may be shared with thousands of other listeners, yet each individual’s mental image is unique and personal. 

About his approach to photography, Ekberg says, “I want to make a picture, then have the viewer create their own story from it.” The sheer unlikelihood of these situations lets the viewer actively imagine narratives to explain them. It is also important to Ekberg that these scenes actually exist in the real world even if only for a moment.

Concepts of broadcast and reception have long interested Ekberg. When he lived in a van parked along an isolated arroyo in New Mexico, he drove into town once a week for supplies. Driving back, he would turn on his radio “not listening to the stations but just listening to them disappear.” Ekberg describes what he felt as “euphoric loneliness.” This feeling, at once joyful and solitary, pervades Ekberg’s ephemeral constructions for the camera, making the presence of absence tangible and affecting.

Adam Ekberg (b. 1975, Boston, Massachusetts) received his MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois. He has recently had solo exhibitions at Thomas Robertello Gallery, Chicago; Fotografiska, Stockholm, Sweden; and Platform Gallery, Seattle. Recent group exhibitions with his work have appeared at DePaul Art Museum, Chicago; Aran Cravey Gallery, Los Angeles; Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, Ireland; and ClampArt, New York. His work is in the permanent collections of The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Ekberg is the recipient of a 2013 Tanne Foundation Award.

The artist lives along the Delaware River in western New Jersey.

Gallery hours are from Thursday thru Sunday, noon to 6pm, and by appointment. For visuals and additional information please contact: Shelley De Soto at shelley@desotogallery.com or 323-253-2255.