Adam Pendleton (b. 1984, Richmond, Virginia, USA,) is a New York-based artist whose work examines and questions the freedom of abstraction in relationship to language, politics, and identity. The animating force of his work is found in Black Dada—the artist’s term for a broad conceptualization of blackness. Working in various modes and mediums including painting, collage, video, and performance, the artist disrupts and reconsiders preconceived notions of history and culture.
System of Display X (Next/A German Soldier and Transport Horses with Gasmask), 2009-2013 is part of the System of Display series where Pendleton employs disparate references alongside fragmented representations of individual words drawn from an ongoing, associative list, in this case, a historical image of a German soldier from the First World War. Combining this material into silkscreened mirror and glass pieces Pendleton establishes, literally, a new system of display, severing visual materials from their historical context, while breaking with conventional hierarchies tied to the reading and interpretation of history.