"Middleman (gold digger and the cosmic connection)"
“ … these projects are attempts to bring ceremony and the
search for spirituality to the ever industrious process of art
making. They are half New Age ideology and half Miller High
“Middleman (gold digger and the cosmic connection)” is
a position between the open possibility of the limitless and
the earth to which it is bound. The idea for the project was to
build a machine that turned the ordinary into gold. The reality
was a broken haphazard system and the evidence of its
For his installation at Cueto Project in New York, Adam
Janes will display relics of his attempt at alchemy. The relics
consist of collections of wax, candlewicks, wood and steel.
As with the artistsʼ works on paper, there is an element of
collage and architectural space in the sculptural masses.
Much of the artistsʼ work contains a sense of ceremony and
ritual. For his project with Tim Van Laere Gallery in Belgium
he created a working “all you can eat” buffet where the
Flemish could eat waffles in the shape of Texas. For China
Art Objects Gallery in Los Angeles he engaged in illegal
moonshining. For Tom Solomon Projects in Los Angeles he
built a communication machine that made it impossible to
communicate. He has made rebirthing centers and
decapitating furniture. The process of candle making began
with the project “candle chantry (psycho killer qu'est-ce que
c'est)” 2009 with Galerie Vallois in Paris France. The project
was to be a combination of a place of worship and a pop
song (specifically “psycho killer” the first pop single from the
band Talking Heads). David Byrne said of writing this song
that “when I started writing this I imagined Alice Cooper
doing a Randy Newman-type ballad.” Combining two (or
more) elements to create something greater than the sum of
its parts continued to be important in the process of
“middleman”. “Gold digger and the cosmic connection” was
created as an exploration concerning the ceremony of mass
production and the effigies left behind.
Born outside Dallas, Texas in 1976 and now living and
working in LA, Adam Janes is presenting a new series of
sculptures and works on paper his first solo show in New
York at Cueto Project.