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.
Adam Pendleton presents a large collage that features the phrase “WHO IS QUEEN.” The text, its lettering irregularly wrapped within the boundaries of the frame, has been inscribed and composited multiple times, using various methods and inversions. Spray paint and brushwork form textured fields of marks and drips that shadow, envelop, and overlap the language.